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Bukky Ajayi’s 3 sons recount their fondest memories


The three sons of late veteran actress Bukky Ajayi have joined the platoons  of those paying tributes to the adored Nollywood great.

From her first son, Alfred Oluwole Shoga, 61, Claude Akinwande Peter Thomas, 52, and Olakunle Fawole, 41, it was a torrent of eulogies.
Mummy, as I fondly call you, words fail me as I write. You were a great, hardworking and disciplined mother. You were able to handle your career and family without issues. You will be missed not just by us but by all. Sun re o Omo Oyinkan, sun re o omo Rev. Samuel Bolaji Ajayi, sleep well at the bossom of God mummy. Till we meet and part no more.

– Alfred Oluwole Shoga (Son)


My mom, Alhaja ZAINAB BUKOLA AJAYI, was born Patience Olubukola Ajayi, a Christian, later converted to Islam in the early 80s to Zainab Bukola Ajayi. A devoted mother of three boys, she was a grandmother of 8 and a great grandmother of 5. Mum started out as a journalist/presenter, trained in England and became a newscaster. She was also a model who got loads of interests from the likes of Drum Magazine, etc. Acting was an easy transition for her. She was committed to her job and the roles she played. She was also on radio for voice over and presenting. As a mother she was a strict but fair disciplinarian, stern but friendly. She was just not a mother but also a friend, sister, aunty, grandma to all around her. She touched a lot of lives because she radiated love. We have lost an icon.

Claude Akinwande Peter Thomas

(Mama’s second son)



My mother, Zainab Bukola Ajayi (Iya Abounce), was a blessing from the Almighty Allah, not just to me but to many, who lived with her, worked with her or knew her one way or another. She single handedly taught me how to be a man, a good man, we would have our occasional fights but we would settle over a bottle of Pepsi. When I worried and cried to her she always had her way of calming me down, she had a big heart filled with love, I will miss her for everything that she was

– Tajudeen Olakunle Fawole

(Mamas’s last son)

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