Moji Olaiya

The burial committee Publicity Secretary, Yomi Fabiyi, said anyone interested in being a part of the burial activities could buy the t-shirts.

Plans to sell commemorative T-shirts at N1,500 each to mark the burial of Moji Olaiya, have been met with heavy criticisms.

The burial committee announced the sale of the T-shirts on Friday, June 2, while revealing the plans for the Nollywood actress' burial, following her death on May 17 from Cardiac arrest.

According to the burial committee Publicity Secretary, Yomi Fabiyi, said anyone interested in being a part of the burial activities which begins on Tuesday, May 6, could buy the t-shirts.

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However, the new information contradicts that which was published by the burial committee, asking mourners and sympathizers to wear corporate black outfits for the two-day event, which will end in the interment at Ikoyi Cemetery.

Punch reports that most of the critics are of the opinion that since she died at a very young age, printed T-shirts, amount to a celebration, which should not be under the circumstances.


A civil servant identified as Mrs. Damilola Ahmed said,“What kind of stupid T-shirt are they selling and for what? They are laughing, not crying for her. And they announced it to the public.’’

A businesswoman, Mrs. Iyabo Olaitan, said, “For what? she said. They should rather beg God to spare their own lives.”

“They are bad people; anybody that suggested that is not a good person. She is still very young for that,” she added.

A student of Lagos State University, Mr. Nwosu Igbo, asked: “How can a young woman’s death after childbirth make people talk about selling T-shirt? They are doing business with her. Are they happy about the death? What for? Na wah o for Nigerians!

“Would people still be wearing the T-shirt after her burial? How will the family react seeing the shirt after that?

“Her death was bad enough; the T-Shirt is not necessary. Her parents are still alive. They will always remember her,’’ he said.


A civil servant, Mr. Abiodun Bello, said that “when they (referring to Nollywood actors)were asked to contribute money to bring her corpse back to Nigeria from Canada, they did not.

“Now, they have money to do T-shirt. This is bad. They should have reflected deeply before announcing it.

“My people so much like uniform. This cannot happen in every event. This one is a sad one. I know some of them will like it, but of what use?’’ he said.

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The actress' body will arrive Lagos from Canada on the same day that a service of songs is set to hold at 4 pm at the Blue Roof of LTV 8 in Ikeja, Lagos.

Lying-in-state and interment follows on Wednesday June 7, at Ebony Vault, Ikoyi Cemetery.

May her soul continue to rest in peace.