Nigerian Afrobeats Superstar Wizkid, whose real name is Ayo Balogun, displayed his emotional side during the wake service for his late mother, Madam Juliana Morayo Balogun.
The event was held at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos on Thursday, October 12, 2023, and videos from the gathering circulated widely on social media.
In a video cited on social media, Wizkid took to the stage to deliver an emotional speech about the passing of his beloved mother.
The ‘Mummy Mi’ singer expressed the deep pain he was feeling, acknowledging that words couldn’t adequately describe it and that the pain was unlikely to ever dissipate.
Wizkid went on to describe his mother’s death as the most profound pain he has ever experienced in his life.
He sought solace from God, praying for comfort not only for himself but also for his siblings and the other members of their family.
The music superstar admitted that he hadn’t anticipated being able to speak at the event but expressed gratitude to his sisters, uncles, and other family members for their support.
“I have no words to describe the pain that I feel. I know everyone in my family shares this pain with me, but I know God in his infinite mercies is going to… it’s impossible for the pain to go away so I’m not going to say take away the pain, but He’s going to comfort us.
“The pain is profound, it hurts deeply, It’s the deepest pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m lost but I pray God comforts every one of us.
“I just want to thank everyone here today, I didn’t even believe I’d be able to do this tonight but I just want to thank my sisters, Sister Yetunde, Sister Lara, Busayo and my family, my dad, Brother Segun, Bose, Fausat, my mum’s sisters, and her brothers, Uncle Sanya, Aunty Labisi, everybody and I just hope that God is going to help us through this pain.”