On May 17, 2017, Nollywood fans and movie stars woke up to the shocking news of the death of star actress, Moji Olaiya, who lost her life to the cold hands of death in faraway Canada.
In less than an hour after the news went viral, a huge crowd had gathered on her Magodo, Lagos home as many couldn’t believe the news that was filtering in.
The mother of two had passed away just two months after she gave birth to her second daughter in Canada.
The disbelief soon turned into overwhelming sorrow when it was confirmed that the 42-year-old mother of two had indeed passed away.
Moji Olaiya was a great role interpreter who was lucky to have been inspired by the rise of Nollywood and started as a Make-up artiste before she clinched her first role in Dudu Heritage’s movie, Owo Ale starring alongside Binta Ayo Mogaji, Bukky Wright, Lola Alao and Bimbo Oshin. Until recently, her uncle, veteran Highlife musician, Sir Victor Olaiya was believed to be her biological father.
Her first daughter, Adunola Faronbi, described her as the most unique friend anyone could have, while her friends described her as quiet and easygoing.
The consoling truth about the death of the seasoned thespian who gave over a decade and a half of her life to fuel her passion in acting was the army of friends and well-wishers who stood up for her even in death.-As her remains were returned to Nigeria from Canada, torrents of tears filled the eyes of her colleagues and fans’ emotions ran high. Many spoke eloquently about her deeds and dedication to her art and the legacy she left behind.
Moji Olaiya is survived by her aged mother, siblings, and two daughters – one aged 20 and the other, the One-year-old baby she had gone to Canada to deliver.