The Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has extended his condolences to Nigerian music megastar Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, following the death of his mother.
Wizkid, a Grammy Award winner, lost his mother, Mrs. Jane Dolapo Balogun, in the early hours of Friday, August 18, 2023.
The artist’s longtime manager, Sunday Are, confirmed the news, stating that Mrs. Balogun passed away around 1.30 a.m. on Friday. Tributes have been pouring in for Wizkid from his fans and Nigerians worldwide.
On Saturday, August 19, 2023, Obi took to his X (formerly known as Twitter) page to express his sympathy to the ‘Jaye Jaye’ singer. He offered prayers for the repose of Wizkid’s mother’s soul and wished the family the strength to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Obi wrote, “On behalf of the OBIdient family, I sincerely commiserate with Mr Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, (Wizkid), who reportedly lost his beloved mother. The death of a loved one is a very painful experience, more so a beloved mother.
Dear Wizkid, may God Almighty who called her home grant her eternal rest in His kingdom and grant you and your family the fortitude to bear her irreplaceable loss. God bless you always. – PO.”
Dear Wizkid, may God Almighty who called her home grant her eternal rest in His kingdom and grant you and your family the fortitude to bear her irreplaceable loss.
God bless you always. – PO
— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) August 19, 2023
Wizkid had a strong love for his late mother, of whom he often speaks glowingly about the support she gave him as an artist. He has gushed about his love for her in his songs and even dedicated a record, ‘Mummy Mi’, to her.
He also talked about her in some other songs, including ‘Joy’ and ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ while the artiste also confirmed that a tattoo on his hand with the inscription ‘Morayo’ was dedicated to her.