Bukky of The Nation is gone

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Bukky of The Nation is gone


Bukky Aroloye

The whole family of the Nation and indeed the entire Nigerian media family, particularly those who knew her, woke up last Friday to the sad news of Bukola Bridget Aroloye Nee Afolabi’s death. To say the least, it was shattering. Rightly, the first thought was, ‘Oh God, let this not be confirmed. Let it be a rumour; or (perhaps) let it be a Bukky that we don’t know.’

She was so so dear. Like every other human being, she had her faults and shortcomings, but like one of her colleagues, Morakinyo Abodunrin of the Sunday Nation Sports Desk put it in his response to a facebook post, Bukky or Mummy GO as we loved to call her, was always calm even when provoked. Looking back, it was as if she knew it’s a short life and there is absolutely no need fussing over it.

Bukola only just put to bed a month ago a set of twins and most of us at The Nation couldn’t just wait to tease he with the usual ‘Iya-beji stuff’. We had a lot of that before she went on maternity leave and were just boiling to let her know how much of soothsayers we were. But alas, that was not to be. Not in this world at least.

Bukola was a correspondent on the Sunday Nation Business Desk, and what she lacked in other areas, she made up for in her patience and ability to soak in the pressure of work.

Born December 1980, Bukola hails from Ekiti State. She attended Holy Child College, Tondo and The Polytechnic, Ibadan, before proceeding to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

She began her journalism career in 2005 at TELL Magazine. She spent two years there before moving on to The Week magazine as a correspondent on the Business Desk. There, she reported the financial, telecoms and energy sectors.

While at The Week, she won the Nigeria Media Merit Award NMMA Power Reporter of the Year award in 2008. In 2009, as a fresh staff at National Life newspaper, Bukola was a runner-up at the NMMA award, this time in the Business Reporter of the year category. Not long after, she moved over to The Nation, where she contributed her quota to the Sunday Business desk.

Described by erudite journalist and co-founder of TELL magazine as ‘vivacious, tireless and talented; full of drive ad ambition, Bukola is a vastly traveled and experienced journalist, covering and reporting global financial events, including the Bi-annual World Bank Summit in Tokyo, Japan and Washington DC, USA.

She is survived by her mother siblings, four children, two of them a month-old set of twins, and her husband.

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