Hours after a recording of Moji Olaiya’s burial ceremony titled, Canada to Grave, hit the Internet, it has been greeted with an avalanche of negative comments, with many people lambasting the creator of the video, Gbenga Adewusi aka Bayowa films for choosing such an ‘insensitive’ title.
UK-based media personality, Yetunde ‘Bustline’ Oduwole, wrote, “To think this is being done for commercial purpose is a huge joke. Who would want to put this on their shelf? Now, they will say the proceeds would go to her family. What a venture!”
Another commenter, @mzxty85 wrote, “Brainless man. And he was there crying like he cares, not knowing he’s happy that he wants to make stupid money. I just hate him from day one.”
@etaiwo52 wrote, “What if she did not die, won’t the people involved eat? Why didn’t they do same to Pastor Ajidara and Olumide Bakare? I’m sure the dead is crying now. I knew it the day they started selling T-shirts.”
Meanwhile, the late actress’ colleagues and friends told Sunday Scoop that the recording is not for sale. Faithia Balogun said, “Nobody is selling any CD. The video is online; anyone is free to watch it. They just designed a poster for it but it wasn’t printed. Besides, all the bloggers have various designs for it. There is one that has me and Mercy Aigbe on the cover, and different ones have other actors on it as well. It is an Internet thing and anybody can do whatever they want. Nobody can be sued for that. If we discover that the CD is being sold, the family would write whoever is involved.”
On her thoughts about the title of the recording, she said, “I don’t know about the title because I’ve not seen it.” When our correspondent reiterated the title of the CD, she said, “I cannot comment on what I did not see. If I had seen it before you called me, I would have something to say but you can’t expect me to comment based on what you saw. I have to see it myself.”
When asked if she was informed by Bayowa Films that the recording would be made available online, she said, “Why do you always make a mountain out of a mole hill? This is somebody that is dead. Let her sleep in peace. Let’s forget about all these talks concerning her death. We are still grieving over it and you journalists are still asking questions about it. Please let it go. I’m sorry.”
Sunday Scoop also reached out to Bisi Ibidapo-Obe, who was a friend and neighbour of the deceased. “I don’t have anything to say about it. The poor girl has gone to sleep; let us forget about it,” she said and hung up abruptly.
On his part, the publicity secretary of Olaiya’s burial committee, Yomi Fabiyi said, “The people who uploaded the recording online did not print any CD. We have spoken to the management and they assured us that they don’t have any plans of commercialising the recording.”
On the title of the video, he said, “We don’t have the right to tell any media house the title that they should use for their production. We can only expect them to be ethical. However, we have appealed to them to change the title and they said they would look into it. The person that captioned it also informed us that he picked the title from one of the people who spoke at Moji’s burial. According to him, the speaker said, ‘She went to Canada, but sadly, she ended up in the grave in Nigeria.’
“I think changing the title is even inconsequential at the moment because there was no malice intended. I would appreciate if this issue can just die a natural death,” he said.