The Nigerian entertainment industry was thrown into mourning on July 6th, following the announcement of the passing away of one of its most valuable assets, Mrs. Zainab Bukky Ajayi, who blessed the world with her inimitable acting talent. She passed on at about 11am on Wednesday at the age of 82.
According to reports, the veteran actress had been battling with a health challenge which affected her heart and confined her to a wheel chair, before she finally lost the fight to the disease at her home in Surulere, Lagos State.
Before her transition, Bukky Ajayi was said to have left an instruction for the immediate burial of her body once she died, therefore, in accordance to the order, she was laid to rest at 4pm, Atan Cementery, Yaba after a brief Muslim burial that took place same day she died.
Bukky made her last public appearance at the 2016 AMVCA in March where she touched many hearts with her words after she got a standing ovation for her Industry Merit Award. Just like she already had an inkling about her exit, she ceased the moment to appreciate the organisers of AMVCA and also apologise to anyone on whose toes she might have stepped during her active years. She said:
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…Perhaps, there are some of you that i might have offended, please, forgive me. And there are some people who have offended me, I don’t have enemies in mind… I wish I could stand up. But if I stand up I will fall down. Are you all standing for me? Thank you. I am very very grateful to you.”
The death of the eloquent actress has drawn reactions from her colleagues and protégés in the movie industry. Some of the wrote:
“Mama Bukky Ajayi your legacy will continue to live on…thanks for sharing your gift with the world. Adieu mama,” Mercy Aigbe writes.
Another veteran actress, Joke Silva writes: “Bye bye aunty as you go through “the open doors” to your Heavenly Father. Adieu”.
Yvonne Jegede, who posted a picture of herself kissing the deceased said on instagram: “My last kiss, I will forever cherish… “#LifeWellSpentYvonne