Veteran actress Zainab Bukky Ajayi who died at 82 on Wednesday, July 6, had breast cancer, hypertension and diabetes, her sons revealed in exclusive chats with Vanguard newspaper.
On Wednesday, July 6, Ma Bukky Ajayi passed on.As a Muslim, she was buried the same day she died. The actress converted to Islam in 1965 and adopted the name â€˜Zainabâ€™.
How she died: Her last momentsÂ
Bukky Ajayi According to Claudius Akinwade Peter-Thomas, a musician and second son of the late icon,
Â â€œThere arenâ€™t enough words to quantify Mama. She was an independent woman who shouldered the responsibility of raising three lions (sons) without raising her brows. I see her as a lioness. She was also able to combine and manage her situation (single motherhood) and her career. She was a good planner. To that effect, my elder brother is nine years older than me, and I am 11 years older than my younger brother. A good planner she was. Despite being in the public glare, she ensured her private life remained private. Many of my friends didnâ€™t know I was the daughter of the popular actress. This is not because she wasnâ€™t proud of her children, but because she was able to draw the line between her career and her family. People relate with me as Raz CPT and not the daughter of a celebrity, so to say. Mummy has been struggling with her health, she had cancer of the breast, diabetic and was also hypertensive.â€
Â Kunle Fawole, popularly known as Abounce and the last child of the family spoke about her last moments.
â€œI and mama were in the living room with some of my friends when I noticed that her heart wasnâ€™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. 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 nowâ€, he explained mournfully.
Â Mr Alfred Oluwole Shoga was Bukky Ajayiâ€™s first son, a 60-year old man said they were shocked but thankful they are alive to bury her and not her witnessing their deaths.
â€œAt 60, my mother still gives me money each time I visit her and I will say, `Mum Iâ€™m suppose to give you moneyâ€™ and she will say I should use it for transportationâ€ he said, speaking as if she were still alive.