Bukola Awoyemi (Born: December 19, 1988; Age: 35 years old) is a Nigerian actress, model, director, and brand influencer best known as the wife of Damola Olatunji, a famous Nollywood actor.
Bukola has spent a couple of years in the movie industry making and appearing in some of the best movies in the industry can boast of. However, she gained further popularity after appearing in Tunde Kelani’s movie Arugba (2009). Learn more about Damola Olatunji’s adorable wife, Bukola Grace Awoyemi.
35 Year Old Bukola Awoyemi Hails from Kwara State in Western Nigeria
Awoyemi Bukola Grace was born on December 19, 1988. The gifted actress and filmmaker was raised in Ilorin, Kwara state. She is a Yoruba from the southwestern part of Nigeria. Her parents’ names, jobs, religious backgrounds, and siblings’ identities have not yet been revealed. However, we know that she completed most of her educational pursuits in Kwara.
After completing primary and secondary school in Ilorin, Kwara State, Bukola enrolled in the University of Ilorin for her tertiary education. There, she studied and graduated with a degree in Performing Arts.
She Began Her Acting Career While at the University
Bukola had a lifelong passion for the film industry and a strong desire to become a well-known figure in it. Her journey as an actress began while she was still a student at the University of Ilorin. There, she combined her acting career with her studies, and though she could not land herself a major role, she gained the knowledge and skills she needed to face her career afterward.
Bukola Awoyemi received a role in Poisonous Affairs, one of her early Nollywood productions, which effectively established her reputation as another talented actress to watch out for. Her breakthrough came after numerous failed attempts to get selected for movie roles during auditions. Ultimately, she was chosen to portray Adetutu in the popular Nigerian Nollywood film, Arugba.
Since Bukola is undoubtedly one of the most important characters in the film, playing that role was ideal for her. In the movie, she was to play a virgin, which meant that she would become the ‘goddess’ -an object of worship.
Since she gained notoriety, Bukola Awoyemi has had a direct hand in the production of scores of Yoruba films. She is now undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most in-demand actors due to this. Her expertise in the business of filmmaking has seen her work with top Yoruba actors like Ronke Odusanya, Biodun Okeowo, Afeez Owo, and others.
Bukola Married Her Husband in 2013 Amidst Controversies
While the majority of Nollywood actresses prefer to maintain a low profile in their personal lives, a report that Bukola Awoyemi Arugba was having an affair with well-known Nollywood actor and filmmaker Damola Olatunji made it onto the internet.
If you go back to the beginning of 2013, Damola Olatunji and Raliat Olatunji, who is based in the UK, were still legally married. Shortly afterward, an investigative report revealed that Bukola Awoyemi and Damola Olatunji were dating. When Bukola was discovered to be pregnant, and Damola Olatunji was identified as the father of her child, the revelation gained widespread attention.
The two apparently got married in 2013 after meeting at a movie scene. The twins David and Deborah, born on January 5th, 2015, were a blessing for the couple.
Scandals Surrounding Bukola Awoyemi and Her 54 Year-Old Marriage to Deji
Damola Olatunji and Bukola Awoyemi Arugba are still very much married. However, their 11 years old marriage has been ripped with countless scandals that could have seen them long separated.
According to several published media stories, Bukola Awoyemi’s marriage has been in crisis since her husband got into financial difficulties. Damola Olatunji, an actor and movie director, was labeled a slacker spouse since his alleged failure to meet up with his financial commitments to the actress and her two kids came public.
The actor is supposedly unable to provide for his family even while he derives pleasure in flaunting his gorgeous lifestyle in public. It is said that Bukola, who has done everything in her capability to ensure her husband makes a permanent shift, is bearing the majority of his obligations.
The actor supposedly claims that one of the causes of his financial inability is not getting as many fantastic movie roles as he used to. His wife, who is also a mother of two, received advice from some of her close friends and well-wishers to leave the marriage and never look back, but she insisted on sticking it out.
She has found comfort in her creator and in the knowledge that her husband’s situation would improve quickly. She is not Damola’s first wife, which is why she has stayed adamant. She was once accused of stealing from the actor from his ex-wife, Raliat, who lives in the UK. Damola was already married to Raliat when they first started dating, which caused many to ask questions about their relationship.
Her Husband’s Alleged Sex for Job Scandal
It was claimed that Damola Olatunji and his beloved wife, Bukola Awoniyi, were having problems with his marriage because of Olatunji’s constant sex for jobs involving young actresses. Media reports claimed that Demola’s sex for roles scandal is nothing new to his wife and that they are currently experiencing marital problems.
He also claimed that some of their family members had interfered. The couple removed pictures of themselves from their sites and ceased following each other on Instagram as of the moment the issue was first revealed.
Meanwhile, in June 2022, the actress reportedly threw shades at her husband while paying honor to veteran Olu Jacobs during his recent 80th birthday party. Bukola praised Olu Jacobs and emphasized that because of how he treated her when they were younger, Joke Silva is now taking care of him in his old age.
A social media post by Bukola Arugba stated, “True love is made evident in actions and not in mere words. Mummy J is one special kind of woman. Grandpa Olu Jacob is reaping the seed he sowed in her. What you do to her at a young age is psychologically, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually preparing her for her future.”
Though she had not mentioned his name in her post, many who viewed it interpreted it to mean an indirect attack on her husband. Despite their controversial situations, Bukola and her husband, Damola Olatunji seem unwilling to give up on what they share.