By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Federal Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described late broadcaster and actress, Hajia Zainab Bukola Ajayi as an â€œiconic thespianâ€ who left her mark in the nationâ€™s creative landscape.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Mohammed wrote that Ajayi said that in spite of Ajayiâ€™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.
While describing the deceased 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.
â€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, Womenâ€™s Cot, Mother of George and The Sisters.â€
Mohammed added that â€œHer 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.â€
The minister prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and succour for those she left behind.