Nigeria: Actress Moji Olaiya Buried With Support From Tinubu, MC Oluomo

Popular Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya, was buried on Wednesday morning at the Ebony Vaults, situated inside Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos, amidst tears and encomiums.

The funeral rites of the late Nollywood actress progressed into an interment on Wednesday morning at the Ikoyi Cemetery with many Yoruba filmmakers, actors and fans of the deceased in attendance.

After viewing Moji's remains, actress Foluke Daramola said she dreamt that the deceased would wake up.

A member of the Moji Olaiya Burial Committee, actor Yomi Fabiyi, also told PREMIUM TIMES that a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu and a chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, contributed to the burial with the latter paying for the parcel of land where the Nollywood actress was buried.

Many Nigerians, especially Moji's fans have thanked MC Oluomo, who is known for his generosity. He is also quite close to many Yoruba filmmakers and actors who run to him for assistance especially on their movie productions.

Actress Fathia Balogun had on Tuesday also commended Mr. Tinubu for his role in Moji Olaiya's burial.

"We actually planned this burial arrangement in one week, thanks to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who gave us money to bring back her corpse (the precious cargo) from Canada to be buried in Nigeria," she said.

Fabiyi also revealed that MC Oluomo facilitated the speedy meeting of the committee with Mr. Tinubu, who is a leader of Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress.

An almost inconsolable Fabiyi also said that the committee would release a complete list of everybody who contributed to the success of Moji's burial in due course.

A night of tributes was organised by the artistes as part of her funeral programmes at the Blue Roof of the LTV8 in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday.

Yoruba actors such as Fathia Balogun, Bimbo Oshin, Salawa Abeni, and several others showered encomiums on the late Moji Olaiya at the emotion-laden event.

Fathia Balogun in company of other sympathizers during Moji Olaiya's service of songs

Popular actors, actresses and other stakeholders in the entertainment industry also attended the event. It was punctuated by emotional and humorous stories about Moji's life, as told by her family members and friends

The actress, who was one of the children of late highlife music icon, Victor Olaiya, died on May 18 in Canada, two months after the birth of her baby. She had her second daughter in March and reports have it that she may have suffered complications as a result of childbirth. Her baby was born premature.

The deceased is survived by her two daughters-- one aged 20 and the other, delivered in Canada, only two months old.

Authors: All Africa

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