The Actors Guild of Nigeria and the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria have described the death of veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi, as the loss of an entertainment icon.
Reacting to the news of the death of Ajayi which occurred on Wednesday morning at the age of 82, AGN and PMAN described her demise as a big loss to the entertainment industry.
Agility Onwura, the Chairman, Federal Capital Territory chapter of the AGN, told NAN Ajayi died at a time when the young generation of actors was still drawing from her wealth of experience.
“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.”
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.”
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 to God to grant the family of the late veteran the fortitude to bear the loss, while urging them to emulate her life of hard work and dedication to service.
Late Ajayi started acting in the 70s, featuring in the popular movie series such as 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).
At her last known public function, the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, she was brought in on a wheel chair. She confirmed that she was ill at the 2016 AMVCA, where she won one of the two Nollywood legends awards on offer.
Sadiq Daba won the second one.
Ajayi received a standing ovation when she was called to receive the AMVCA Industry Merit Award.
She had 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.” [myad]