Actors Guild, PMAN mourn Bukky Ajayi

Actors Guild, PMAN mourn Bukky Ajayi
July 07 17:25 2016

By Bologi Muhammed Maikudi, with agency reports

Veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky
Ajayi, is dead.

According to a family source, the 82-year old veteran thespian died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

Her last public appearance was in
March at the 2016 AMVCA event,
where she received a Merit
Award.

At the event, the actress said, “I
am very happy from the bottom
of my heart. I wish I could stand
up but if I do I will fall. But you
all standing for me. I say thank
you.”

Meamwhile, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN)
and the Performing Musicians
Association of Nigeria (PMAN)
have described her death as the loss of an
entertainment icon and a big loss to the industry

Agility Onwura, the chairman,
Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
chapter of the AGN, told NAN
 Ajayi died at a time when the
 young generation of actors were
 still drawing from her wealth of
 experience.

Onwura said: “The news of her
death came to us as a surprise.
“She died when her wealth of
experience and guidance were
most needed by the younger
generation of movie stars.

“Though at 82 one can say she
was quite old, but we in the
entertainment industry were still
learning from her,” he said.

Also, Pretty Okafor, the National
President of PMAN, mourned the
late actress, extolling her
contributions to the growth of
Nollywood and the entertainment
industry in Nigeria.

“She was an enviable professional, who
inspired us with her outstanding roles in
many home movies.

“Her exit will leave an indelible footprint on
the entertainment industry generally,” he said.

Okafor, however, added that solace should be
drawn from the fact that the late actress lived
a fulfilled life as a professional and role model
to many.

“Her life and achievements should be
celebrated, because 82 years is quite a feat to
celebrate.”

Okafor prayed that God should grant the
family of the late veteran the fortitude to bear
the irreparable loss, while urging them to
emulate her life of hard work and dedication
to service.

Ajayi started acting in the 70s, featuring in the
popular movie series, “Village Headmaster”.
She later got a role in Amaka Igwe’s
“Checkmate” and so many home videos.

Ajayi also worked as an announcer, presenter
and newscaster at the Nigerian Television
Authority (NTA).