Nigerian actress, Bukky Ajayi, has died at the age of 82.

The Nollywood matriarch passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, according to a family source.

The African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA Industry Merit Award winner appeared in TV series Village Headmaster and Checkmate in the glory days of the Nigerian state-owned Nigeria Television Authority, NTA.

The announcement and presentation of the Industry Merit Award to Madam Bukky Ajayi was the highlight of the night of the 2016 AMVCAs , as she received a standing ovation from the audience.

Bukky Ajayi received her award on a wheelchair and with tears rolling down her eye in gratitude, she pleaded for forgiveness from anyone whom she might have offended in the past decades of her career.

Veteran Nollywood Actress receives the Industry Merit Award at the 2016 AMVCA | Nigerian Films
Veteran Nollywood Actress receives the Industry Merit Award at the 2016 AMVCA | Nigerian Films

“I just want to say to all my friends and non-friends thank you very much, you do not know how much this award means to me,” the Nollywood veteran said.

“If I have offended in one way or another please find it in your heart to forgive me and if you think you have offended me, don’t worry I have forgiven you a long time ago.

“I am very happy from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could stand up but if I do I will fall but you all standing for me I say thank you,” she said. She featured in Nollywood productions like Thunderbolt, Mother of George, Indecent Girl, Diamond Ring and Witches.

She starred in the Guinness 2003 promotional film, Critical Assignment, along with Richard Mofe Damijo, who clocked 55 on the day she died.

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