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Monday, 7 April 2014

Low Nigerian Celebs Turn Out At Late Zara Gretti's Funeral PLUS Read Toni Payne's Special Tribute To Her...

Since Zara Gretti passed away a week ago, fans and the media have wondered why her ‘industry friends’ and other Nigerian celebrities did not help raise awareness for the singer’s condition and fund raising before she passed away.

Zara, 28, suffered from a medical condition called Multiple Sclerosis; she needed N3.7M to help with her condition – closely monitored hospital care, pills, painkillers. Before her death, she was able to raise N2.4M (in the space of nine months).

Nikki Laoye and BBA’s Vina at Zara Gretti’s funeral service which held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at The Catholic Cathedral Church, Lagos Island

What has surprised many is the way and manner many celebrities and all the other industry ‘Mr Me toos’ totally ignored Zara’s cry when she was alive, only to ‘wake up’ when she passed away conveniently using social media to mourn her.

Up till when she was buried, nobody visited her home or reached out to her family. Her funeral service which held on Friday morning, April 4, 2014 and was attended by a handful of industry personalities – none of the so called ‘BIG’ names.

Two days earlier at Industry Nite, a one-minute silence was held for Zara; that was just about it. Show host Jimmie implored guests (comprised of some of your favourite celebs) to attend the funeral service on Friday. Out of those present that night, only Vina, Emma Nyra and Jimmie himself attended the service.

‘What makes the scenario pitiable is that Zara was an industry babe, she knew them all, they knew her well well’, a publicist who attended the service said as undertakers lowered Zara’s body into the ground.

Photo - ‘Heaven just gained a beautiful angel’ – Read Toni Payne’s tribute to Zara

Below is a special verse written in her funeral booklet. It's Toni Payne's tribute to Zara.

As I look through the years, the life that you lived
I know you are smiling because through your music you live
No sickness could take that from you
No disability would dare
As we do our best to remember you as you were
The memories you gave, the love you shared
No more tears, that’s not what you would want
I take solace in knowing you are home
I cry no more becuase I accept
Heaven couldn’t wait for this beautiful angel
We celebrate your life, a vibrant one it was
A singer, a dancer, a free spirit,
Full of life, yes you were
I choose to remember you as you were
I know you would have wanted nothing less
And take solace in knowing and accepting
Heaven just gained a beautiful Angel
Vivacious, playful, cheerful and free
Those are some of the words that come to me
When I think of you and the times we shared
We would be here all day if we tried to compare
Words to a soul as unique as yours
How can I fully describe you with mere words?
The pain is over, uncertainty no more
Dancing in heaven, as free as can be
We that are left should take solace in knowing
Heaven just gained a beautiful Angel

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