Mrs. Bukky Ajayi died at the age of 82, and her remains were laid to rest at Atan Cemetery, Yaba after a brief Muslim burial that took place same day she died.
Bukky is one of the pioneer actresses in the Nigerian Movie industry and have been acting for decades. She is loved and widely respected by fans, her colleagues and even the younger generation of thespians. Here are a few more things you should know about her. Here are a few more things you should know about her.
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1. Bukky Ajayi was born a Christian but converted to Islam in the early eighties and chose the name Zainab.
2. She studied drama at the Institute of Drama, London.
3. She fell in love with the theatre as a young girl when her father used to take her to the cinemas.
4. She was part of the TV series Village Headmaster which aired in the 1980s.
5. As a child, she used to do a cardboard sort of cinema for children and used to charge them half a penny to come and watch.
6. She started working in Nigeria Television Authority(NTA) as a presentation assistant in 1966, a year after she got back from England.
7. Afterwards, she became a presenter and then a news reader.
8. She presented a couple of children’s programmes and Nigerian’s Sketches, a programme which was all about Nigerian culture.
9. She featured in so many home videos, however, is most known for her roles in Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring, Witches, Thunderbolt, Apostle Kasali, Cash Money among others.
10. The shooting of international film Critical Assignment in South Africa, was one of the events of her life that she will never forget. It gave her an opportunity to see how movies were done outside Nigeria.
11. She’s a grandmother-in-law to ‘Shake Something’ singer Jazzman Olofin.
12. One of her sons is Abounce (Olakunle Fawole), a veteran rapper. Abounce is one the founding fathers of the Nigerian hip hop culture. He is also a music producer and actor.
13. Her last public outing was on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the 4th Edition of African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCA.
14. She was awarded with AMVCA 2016 ‘Industry Merit Award’ alongside another veteran actor, Sadiq Daba for their contributions towards the growth of the Nollywood.