Moji Olaiya

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Moji Olaiya
Born(1975-02-27)February 27, 1975
DiedMay 17, 2017(2017-05-17) (aged 42)

Moji Olaiya (27 February 1975 – 17 May 2017) was a Nigerian actress.[1]


The daughter of highlife musician Victor Olaiya, Moji Olaiya began her acting career with Wale Adenuga's production Super Story.[2] She starred in several Nollywood movies of Yoruba and English genres.[3] She was known for her roles in films such as No Pains No Gains, in which she played Ireti, Sade Blade (2005), Nkan adun (2008) and Omo iya meta leyi (2009). She also starred in the Agunbaniro. In 2003 she was nominated for the Reel Award Best Supporting Actress of the Year, and she won the Best New Actress Award.[4]

In 2016, Olaiya released a film, Iya Okomi,[5] starring Foluke Daramola and Funsho Adeolu, which was scheduled to premiere in Lagos on July.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Olaiya married Bayo Okesola in 2007, then separated.[7][8][9] She converted to Islam in 2014.[10][11]

Olaiya died on May 17, 2017, from cardiac arrest in Canada, where she had her second child exactly two months prior.[12] She was finally laid to rest on June 7, 2017 according to Islamic rites[13]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Aje nile Olokun
  • Ojiji Aye
  • Apaadi
  • Omo Iya Meta leyi (2009)
  • Nkan adun (2008)
  • Sade Blade (2005)


  1. ^ Esho Wemimo. "Moji Olaiya: Photos from her 40th birthday bash". The Pulse. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "I was the breadwinner while my marriage lasted — Actress, Moji Olaiya". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ NONYE BEN-NWANKWO. "Fathia Balogun had nothing to do with my broken marriage – Moji Olaiya". The Punch. Archived from the original on 2015-06-03.
  4. ^ "Moji Olaiya". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Moji Olaiya's movie "Iya Okomi" to premiere in July". Nigerian Pilot. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Moji Olaiya's movie to premiere in July". Pulse. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Violence forced me out of Marriage". Modern Ghana. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. ^ Mary Jane Eze. "I WISH I HAVE A MAN BESIDES ME @40- MOJI OLAIYA LAMENTS". Nigeria Films. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. ^ "Moji Olaiya left her husband because of domestic Violence". Nollywood magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Fabulous at 40! Fathia Balogun, Yomi Fash, Ronke Oshodi, Eniola Badmus, others party with Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya (PHOTOS)". YNaija. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Nollywood Yoruba Movie Actress Moji Olaiya Cries 'I don't have any Alhaji lover'". Daily Mail. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Veteran Yoruba movie actress, Moji Olaiya, is dead", by Jayne Augoye, Premium Times
  13. ^ "PHOTOS: Moji Olaiya's Burial Ceremony In Lagos". Retrieved 2017-06-07.

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