BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Kunle Fawole, last child of late veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi spoke to Punch recently about his mum.
He talked about the special relationship they had, the movies he acted in alongside his mum, amongst other things.
He said he and his mum had moments where they talked about anything and everything.
“[We talked about] anything ranging from girls, state of the nation to the movie industry. I recall a time I was trying to woo a lady and she was giving me a tough time. I told my mother about her one day as we were discussing some issues. She jokingly told me that she did not like ladies who give men tough time. There was a day the lady came to our house and greeted my mother. But my mother did not answer her well. As we were leaving, the lady told me that she greeted my mother and she did not reply her greeting warmly. When I returned to the room, my mother asked me if the lady was still adamant and I said it was normal for a lady to behave so initially.
“My mother looked at me and said, ‘‘Even when she greeted me, I did not answer her well too.’’ I burst out laughing because I realised that she was cold to the lady because she had yet to give in to the friendship proposal of her son. That showed how playful my mother could be. She was not just a mother but also a good friend.
When he was asked about the major movie they acted in together, he said:
“The closest I ever got with my mother in a movie was in the film, Cash Money. I got an African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nomination for my role in that movie. I act as the son of a woman whose husband always maltreats her. The woman takes ill and I am caught trying to smuggle some drugs out of the country. It is an interesting movie. I know that I cannot match the acting skills of my mother. It was thus a privilege acting in the movie with her. I felt as if I acted alongside the English-American actress, Elizabeth Taylor. What made it easier was that she was my mother in the movie. It was as if we were at home talking. It was very natural.”
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