Gone Too Soon: Remembering Sariah Saibu

Chisom Ndianefo
Close-up shot of Sariah Saibu

The star, Sariah Saibu, who resided in Perth, passed away on January 30. Her relatives have confirmed the tragic news online.

On January 30, Sariah, who starred in the Beautiful They short film, which won an award in 2021, passed away.

She Radiated 'Love & Light'

Sariah Saibu

The performer was described as radiating "love and light" and, as one distraught relative wrote, "may her radiant soul continue to shine."

Her Relative's Statement

"I am struggling to find the words to express the grief that I and her family are feeling at this time."

She wrote:

"RIP beautiful – all our love always."

A Fundraising Page Was Created

Younger Sariah Saibu

For Saibu's funeral, a fundraising page was created, praising the actress as "the Queen, the Karaoke King, the Star, and the Icon."

The money raised will go toward paying for two memorial services for the actress to honor her life.

"The Princess of not only Perth, but Darwin. The protaganist of our lives and gem of our hearts. "Sariah made everlasting impressions on her community, which has been felt and greatly appreciated by her family and closest friends."

Her Role In The Movie 'Beautiful They'

In the movie Beautiful They, shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, Saibu played Violet. She starred alongside Australian actor Morgan Davies, who played the character Blue.

About The Movie

A coming-of-age LGBTQI surf romance that examines the subtleties of gender, the flick was directed by Cloudy Rhodes.

The Movie Got Nominated

The project received a nomination for Best Short Form Drama from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) in 2021. It also won the Australian Director's Guild award for Best Direction of a Short Film in the same year.

Award-Winning Movie

A Trophy
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The movie won two awards the following year: Best Australian Short Film for the City of Melbourne and Best Film at Queer Screen Mardi Gras 2022.

She Was A Model

Additionally, Saibu did modeling and appeared as a backup dancer in music videos, such as San Cisco's SloMo from 2017 and Catlips' Silver Smoke from 2015.

Where The Service Will Be Held

Both a service at Kidogo Art House Fremantle on February 15 and a ceremony at Garramilla in Darwin will be held to bid farewell to Saibu.

Paying Tribute

Friends of the late actress and model have flocked to social media in tribute to this "kind" and "bubbly" person who fostered friendships in Darwin and Perth.

Supporting Saibu


Due to the overwhelming support for Saibu's family from well-wishers online, the GoFundMe page has raised more money than its initial goal.

When The Fundraising Is Suppose To End

Before February 15, when the actor's memorial service will be held, the fundraiser is expected to end.

Exceeding The Initial Target

Hitting Target
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So far, the funds stand at $6,379, as of the time of writing. This has exceeded the $5,000 initial target.

May Her Soul Rest In Peace

May the soul of Sariah Saibu find peace, and we pray for the family during this difficult time.