Bukky Ajayi, an Undisputed Legend of Acting and Broadcasting

The undisputed elegance and grandeur of veteran thespian Zainab Bukola Ajayi, 82 was lost to the greater beyond as she slipped away from this sinful world through the medium of sleep after recent battles with heart-related issues.

Born into Christianity on April 2, 1934 in Ibadan, she died a faithful of Islam but nevertheless spent the period in-between upholding the virtues of both religions and living peaceably amongst all men.

As a child, she would accompany her father with whom she had a close relationship, to the cinemas and this birthed a love for theatre and movies that was not extinguished in all her eight decades on Earth.

Thanks to a Federal Government scholarship in 1959, she studied at the Stanislavsky Drama Institute in London and worked in Pitman’s College, London for a while, before returning to Nigeria in 1965.
The next year, she began working with the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV), which later morphed into the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) as a presentation assistant, then presenter and later a newsreader.

In the course of her national duties, she was transferred to Port Harcourt and later back to Lagos.

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In Lagos, her acting career kicked off with a role in the popular television drama series,Village Headmaster produced by the late Ambassador Olusegun Olusola. That was followed by a role in another series, Amaka Igwe’s Checkmate.

She also played the role of the older sister of Kunle Bamtefa‘s character in the late Amaka Igwe-written and directed Fuji House of Commotion sitcom.
Some of the better-known films in her illustrious filmography spanning over four decades include Critical Assignment, The Gods Are Still Not to Blame, Diamond Ring, Mother of George, Oduduwa, Witches and Women’s Cot.
During her lifetime she won several awards, the most recent being the Industry Merit Award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

She now joins other members of the beloved cast of the Village HeadmasterOlusegun Olusola, Elsie Olusola, Enebeli Elebuwa, Albert Olayemi, Joe Layode, Leke Ajao and Justus Esiri – for a reunion in the world beyond.

RIP Mama!

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