Speaking on behalf of the Ajayi family, her last child, Kunle Fawole, aka Abounce, said, “I and mama were in the living room with some of my friends when I noticed that her heart wasn’t moving, I mean like she stopped breathing. Immediately, I checked her pulse and called my elder brothers. We felt her pulse and heartbeat did everything possible.”
“But alas, she has passed on. And that was at about 11:23 am on Wednesday. She was a bit ill before this happened. She had been ill for a number of years now.” Abounce continued, “She had stroke some couple of years back. There was a time she also had cerebral malaria. She became diabetic, hypertensive and also suffered breast cancer before now.”
Bukky Ajayi’s first son, Mr Alfred Oluwole Shoga, 60, said “At 60, my mother still gives me money each time I visit her and I will say, `Mum I’m suppose to give you money’ and she will say I should use it for transportation.”
Claudius Akinwade Peter-Thomas, late Ajayi’s second son called her a lioness who raised her three sons singlehandedly.
At the past conducted Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in March 2016, the late veteran received a standing ovation as she was honored with the ‘Industry Merit Award’.
While the audience pipped down for her to deliver her acceptance speech, she said all jovial and full of life, “I wish I could stand up. But if I stand up I will fall down. Are you all standing for me? Thank you. I am very very grateful to you.”
The Nollywood veteran studied drama at the Institute of Drama, London after which she became a part of the TV series Village Headmaster which aired in the 1980s.