ENCOMIUMS poured in during the week for veteran Nollywood actress Bukky Ajayi, who died on Wednesday.
The social media was awash with tributes to the late actress who was honoured with a lifetime award at the last edition of the African Movie Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
At the 2016 edition of the AMVCA’s, the award presentation Ajayi’s was the highlight of the event as she broke down in tears when everyone present gave her a standing ovation. She had said: I am surprised with you all standing for me. To everyone I have offended in the course of my work, please forgive me, and to those who have offended me, I forgive you too.”
Her speech enveloped the hall into an emotional and serene state; everyone and everywhere became silent as if all of them within that space had a premonition it would be mama’s last public outing.
The death of the actress during the week led to tributes from Nollywood actors and actresses.
The following are tributes from some Nollywood actors on the departed veteran.
Foluke Daramola Salako: ‘RIP mummy, you lived a good life. Olorun ma te yin si afefe Rere.(Rest in Peace).’’
Uche Jombo: ‘‘I just heard the sad news but I want to thank you for sharing it with the world. What a career and body of work. A true legend of Nollywood, the iconic, brilliant and talented actor, Bukky Ajayi. RIP Mama Bukky.’’
Fred Amata: ‘‘Aunty Bukky was a core and total professional of theatre and screen whose exemplary lifestyle, both on and off set is worthy of emulation. Bukky Ajayi’s death has left a huge gap difficult to fill in acting, yet her life and work is a huge contribution to resource and annals of Nollywood.”
Richard Mofe-Damijo: ‘‘Aunty Bukky, I am sorry. Sorry I did not visit you in your last days, not because I didn’t want to but because I took for granted the gift of life by procrastinating. To think that I spoke to your son, Abounce Kunle, (whom I share the TV series, HUSH with where he is such a star now as Ruffy Jackson, taking after you.) several days ago to ask for the best time to come see you. If I knew it was time I would have come that very day to see you, but who would have thought that the bold, strong Aunty Buks who constantly defied every circumstance and risen above every situation will go to sleep so soon.’’
Bimbo Oshin: ‘‘She was sincere, amiable, ambitious, adaptable, witty, unassuming, unique, beautiful, zealous. Mama was a superb icon and a mentor to so many. She lived a life worthy of emulation. Ladies and Gentlemen, join me in celebrating a veteran and a legend, we love you but God loves you more.’’
Sola Sobowale- ‘‘I will forever love you. Rest in peace, Bukky Ajayi.’’
Femi Branch: ‘‘I just found out that Aunty Bukky passed on and I picked up my phone immediately to call her and I couldn’t find her number on my phone. I felt so ashamed and this is what happens to us a whole lot of times, especially in this profession. When work brings us together, we dance, rejoice and celebrate. If you see us at the moment, you would think we reach out to each other everyday and relate to each other so well but once we leave that location, that is it. We hardly relate with each other only to find out things about ourselves on the pages of newspapers, we need to reach out more.’’