Bukky Ajayi: Celebrating an Icon
When the news broke on the 6th of July, that Bukky Ajayi whom we fondly called 'Mama' had lost the battle to heart related issues, i was sad.
2016 has taken a lot of people, people who made an impact on our world, people we grew up wanting to be like.
A great life however has to be celebrated.So while i am saddened by her death, she lived a wonderful life too, and that is what i will be focusing on.
Born as Zainab Bukky Ajayi on the 2nd of February 1934, from a young age Bukky Ajayi loved acting. She would use a cardboard as a TV frame and act whatever roles came to mind while charging children in the neighborhood half a penny to watch. Mama was an actress and an entrepreneur at that young age.
She was also really smart, as she gained a Federal Government scholarship to study in England for six years. She came back to Nigeria after her education in 1965 and started out working in as a presentation assistant in 1966.
She grew with the NTA, from presentation assistant to presenter and then to news reader. Among the programs she presented was the popular 'Nigeria’s Sketches’, a program which was all about Nigerian culture. I think we all got to know for her role in the movie "Village Headmaster" in the 70’s, and she later got a role in Amaka Igwe’s "Checkmate".
Her acting career took off, and she went on to act several other movies, according to her the s