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The Bukky Personality

Not many Nigerian women lived a life as eventful as Bukky Ajayi. The veteran Nollywood actress passed on this Wednesday at the age of 82.

She was born a Christian but converted to Islam in the early eighties and chose the name Zainab. Her love for the theatre started as a young girl when her father used to take her to the cinemas. She studied in England. She was abroad for six years, as a Federal government scholar and then left England and came back to Nigeria after her education in 1965 and started out working in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) as a presentation assistant in 1966.

Afterwards, she became a presenter and then a news reader. She presented a couple of children’s programmes and ‘Nigerian’s Sketches,’ a programme which was all about Nigerian culture. She was later transferred to Port Harcourt and later back to Lagos, and it was at that time she started her acting career. Starting out with the ‘Village Headmaster’ in the 70s, she later got a role in Amaka Igwe’s ‘Checkmate.’  She has featured in so many home videos that she has lost count. Shooting of the international film ‘Critical Assignment’ in South Africa, is one of the events of her life that she will never forget. It gave her an opportunity to see how it is done elsewhere, other than Nigeria, where a movie is shot in five days. Bukky Ajayi’s popular movies include Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring, Witches, Thunderbolt among others.

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has declared two days to mourn and celebrate the Life and Times of the veteran actress who reportedly died after a battle with heart-related disease. In a statement by the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, the Guild has opened a condolence register in all its state chapters nationwide. The statement reads in part, “On behalf of the National Executive Committee and the entire members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, the National President, Ibinabo Fiberesima commiserates with the family of the late veteran Actor and member, Bukky Zainab Ajayi, who passed onto eternal glory on Wednesday July 6, 2016.” “She will be fondly remembered for her contributions and motherly counsel to the development and welfare of the members of our noble Guild in particular and the society in general. She lived an exemplary life of a pious and devout Muslim and we pray Almighty Allah will grant her gentle soul eternal rest in peace and give the family and her loved ones the gratitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Fondly called “Mummy Bukky”, the late octogenarian will be fondly missed in Africa.

Autor: Tubonemi – Nigeria

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