Late Amaka Igwe’s daughter, Ruby has paid tribute to late veteran actress, Bukky Ajayi who passed on yesterday, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Rest in peace, yes, of course. Definitely, always…Auntie, I’m so glad the AMVCAs celebrated you when they did. Fuji House of Commotion was how we crossed paths, but your creative career spanned decades, and several sectors and genres. And I am so proud of how much you achieved, how many lives you touched. The ones who posted about it, the ones who will, and the ones who will never post. All join.
I have this sinking feeling, though, that the Creative Industries’ infrastructural deficits failed you. We should have been celebrating every decade.
You should have been teaching in some academy, so young hopefuls understand how it was done.
There should have been documentaries, stars on walks of fame. We could have done so much better. But let this not turn into a rant.”
The veteran Nollywood actress, died at the age of 82 and was also buried yesterday according to Islamic rites.
You probably didn’t know she was a Muslim. She was born a christian but converted to Islam in the early eighties and chose the name Zainab.
Here are some other things you probably didn’t know about her
Bukky’s love for the theatre was ignited when as a young girl, her father used to take her to the cinema
Her dad, who played a vital role in her passion for theatre, never saw here perform before he died.
She studied at the Stanislavsky Institute of Drama, London on a Federal Government scholarship.
. Her first job in Nigeria was with the Nigeria Television as a presentation assistant in 1966.
Her first acting experience was in the Nigerian hit soap opera Village Headmaster.
She stared in movies like Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring, Witches, Thunderbolt (magun), Oduduwa, Final Whistle, Temini tie ko, Indecent girls, Keep my will, fine things and so on. Bukky Ajayi
She is the mother of one of Nigeria’s pioneer rappers, Abounce (Olakunle Fawole).
She featured alongside her son, Abounce in Diamond Ring movie.