6 July 2016
Bukky Ajayi, one of Nollywood’s longest serving actress on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 passed away aged 82.
She reportedly died after battling with an unnamed illness for some time.
Her last public appearance was at the 2016 AMVCA in March where she won the AMVCA Merit Award.
While receiving the award, she said: “I just want to say to all my friends and non-friends thank you very much, you do not know how much this award means to me.
“If I have offended in one way or another please find it in your heart to forgive me and if you think you have offended me, don’t worry I have forgiven you a long time ago.
“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.”
She started her acting career in the 70s when she featured in her first film, a series titled ‘Village Headmaster’ before she later got a role in Amaka Igwe’s ‘Checkmate.’
Prior to this, she worked as a presentation assistant at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in 1966 after she returned to Nigeria in 1965 from her study in England.
She later became a presenter and then a news reader at NTA before she delved into an acting career that brought her so much success.
Though she acted in several movies in her career, her most popular movies remain: Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring, Witches, Thunderbolt, international film ‘Critical Assignment’ in South Africa.
She’s singer, Jazzman Olofin’s grandmother-In-law.