Moji Olaiya was a Nigerian actress who starred in several Nollywood movies of Yoruba and English genres. She was the daughter of highlife musician Victor Olaiya. She began her acting career with Wale Adenuga’s production Super Story. She was known for her roles in films such as No Pains No Gains, Sade Blade, Nkan adun, and Omo iya meta leyi. She also released a film, Iya Okomi, in 2016. She converted to Islam in 2014.
How did Moji Olaiya die?
Moji Olaiya died on May 17, 2017, from cardiac arrest in Canada, where she had given birth to her second child two months prior. She was 42 years old. According to the autopsy report, she died of a natural medical cause, which means there was a traceable and demonstrable medical pathology that was related to her death. There was no evidence of poisoning or foul play, as some rumors had suggested. Her family released a statement to confirm the cause of her death and to dismiss the allegations of poisoning.
How was Moji Olaiya buried?
Moji Olaiya was buried on June 7, 2017, according to Islamic rites. Her body was flown back to Nigeria from Canada with the help of some prominent Nigerians, including the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose. She was given an intimate version of the public memorial held on June 6, 2017, at the LTV Blue Roof in Ikeja. She was laid to rest at the Ebony Vault burial ground in Ikoyi. Many of her colleagues, friends, and fans attended the funeral to pay their last respects.
What was Moji Olaiya’s legacy?
Moji Olaiya was a talented and versatile actress who contributed to the growth and development of the Nigerian film industry. She won several awards and nominations for her performances, including the Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year in 2003 and the Best New Actress Award. She was also a humanitarian who supported various causes and charities. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many. She left behind two daughters, Adunola and Maryam, and a large family of relatives and fans. She will be remembered for her passion, dedication, and kindness.