The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described Bukola Ajayi who died on Wednesday as an “iconic thespian”.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Minister said Ajayi was a “colossus of her time who has left an indelible footprint in the country’s creative landscape”.
The statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, was made available to newsmen in Abuja
In the statement, the minister said that in spite of Ajayi’s old age, he still received the news of the death of the veteran actress and broadcaster with shock, sense of sadness and great loss.
He described the late stage and screen actress as a multi-talented creative person.
The minister recalled that Ajayi started off her career as a television presenter and news reader before taking to acting, where she excelled.
”Her journey in the Nigerian creative industry spans decades of amazing performances in classic productions
“Among the productions are the unforgettable Village Headmaster and a number of critically acclaimed stage and screen productions like ThunderBolt, Oduduwa, Women’s Cot, Mother of George and The Sisters.
”Her name will be etched in the mind of her colleagues and fans in Nollywood because of the memories she gave all of us to cherish.
“There is no doubt that she will forever be an inspiration to generations of people in the creative industry.”
The minister prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and succour for those she left behind.