BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi passed on this morning after a battle with a heart-related illness.
The actress graced our screens for decades with her amazing acting skills and she will surely be missed.
Here are a few facts about the late actress:
- Zainab Olubukola Ajayi was born on February 2, 1934 in Ibadan, Oyo State
- She started her acting career in the 70s with popular series – The Village Headmaster after working as a television presenter and newsreader for several years. Her father helped to rouse her interest in theatre as a little girl by taking her to the cinemas regularly.
- She was born a Christian but converted to Islam in the 80s and christened herself Zainab.
- She was one of the actors in Amaka Igwe’s renowned series, Checkmate.
- She travelled to England in 1979 and studied there for six years after which she came back to Nigeria to work as a presenter at the now Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in 1966.
- She has featured in several movies and series like Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring, Witches, Thunderbolt, Critical Assignment, Fuji House of Commotion and the recently concluded Africa Magic series, Hotel Majestic.
- She has three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of her children is popular actor and musician Olakunle Fawole, popularly known as Abounce. He has several music albums to his credit and is one of the actors in ongoing Africa Magic series, Hush.
- Popular musician, Jazzman Olofin is married to one of her grandchildren.
- She has won many awards, the most recent being the AMVCA Industry Merit Award that she won alongside Sadiq Daba for their contributions towards the growth of Nollywood at the 2016 AMVCAs.