A veteran actress, Alhaja Zainab Bukky Ajayi, died on Wednesday in Lagos at her Surulere residence in Lagos.
She was aged 82 years.
Her son, Kunle Fawole, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that her mother gave up the ghost at exactly 11:45 a.m.
Her remains were interred at the Atan Cemetery, Yaba, at 6:00 p.m.
Ajayi’s second son, Akinwande Peter-Thomas, said her mother was a loving and caring woman.
“She was a very strict person, at the same time passionate, considerate and a social worker.
“Her doors were always open to all,” he said.
An actor, Patrick Doyle, said Ajayi would always be remembered as a down-to-earth person.
“She was a lady with intimidating credentials as a television personality.
“She was super talented, yet she was the most approachable, warm to people.
“May she rest in peace.’’
In her own contribution, the step daughter, Alhaja Zainab Ajayi, jnr said she was a nice woman.
“She was my stepmother and I never for one day during her lifetime regretted being her daughter.
“She was a generous person, with a good attitude. She brought us up very well, just like her own children.
“May she rest in peace,” she added.
An actress, Amina Ndim, said a veteran actress and a mentor had departed.
“I only had one opportunity to act with her in her lifetime.
“She was an actress that interpreted any role given to her naturally and was usually to the viewer’s expectations.
“May Allah grant her soul mercy,” she said.
Another actress, Ngozi Nwosu, said she was just confused and had nothing to say.
NAN reports the late Ajayi studied drama at the Institute of Drama, London.
She joined the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on her return from the UK as a Presentation Assistant in 1966 and was on the cast of “Village Headmaster’’, a drama series that featured in the 1970s.
Ajayi also featured in many Nollywood movies and was a doyen of sorts in the movie industry.
She was born a Christian but later converted to Islam in the early 1980s.