Actress Tomi Odunsi, popularly known as Shalewa in the series Tinsel, on May 24th, 2017, wrote a heart-warming birthday message to her best friend, Chinonso Arubayi, (the late Eric Arubayi wife), who also happens to be her birthday mate, with assurance that they will both carry the burden together.
“Ore mi… My Darlyn Nonso. The past 4months has been the toughest we have ever known in life…but I must say, I am grateful for birthdays without me because God knew you would need those memories for today and forever. My dear Nonso, you are so strong, the strength the God has given during this times has been such a miracle. My dear friend, don’t cry… you shall weep no more. Don’t be afraid, the Lord your God is your strength…You are not alone.”
She continued, “Eric…see as you come leave am for me, I no gree this one o. You said you will fight till the end and I know you did your best. So we will mudiaga!!! I know you love to watch us like little kids whenever we were all together, I remember you will watch us and shake your head with a smile as we display our childlikeness in front of you…Today we will try, it’s hard… but we will.
“Birthdays together can’t be the same without you. We love you but she loves you more. Thank God for that sweet child. Thank God for everybody that stood strong for Nonso, Nonso’s family, friends’ especially; your family, friends and loved ones with love and care they stood strong. May God continue to comfort and restore all that is lost. Nonso, today we will choose to be grateful for what we have left, today you will take a break from the tears, and it is time to joy in the Lord. I love you so much, words can explain.”