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Life and Times of Nigeria’s Queen of the Airwaves, Tosyn Bucknor

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A darling of the Nigerian airwaves, Tosyn Bucknor, popularly known as Area Mama has kicked the bucket. Nigerians woke up to the sad news on Tuesday, November 20 with eulogies pouring in on all her social media handles from celebrities, colleagues and fans alike.
The 37-year-old, a strong advocate of Nigeria’s unity, equality and fairness, who was also one o few self-strong OAPs known to always speak their minds on prevalent national issues, died in her home on Monday, November 19 due to complications from sickle cell.
Her sister and one of Nigeria’s frontline events planners, Funke Bucknor Obruthe made an official statement of Tosyn’s passing away on her Instagram handle.
Funke’s post on Instagram
“Hmmmmm…My heart is heavy…but in all things we give thanks to God. My darling sister and besto Tosyn passed away last night due to complications from sickle cell. Love you …….”
The daughter of late Nigerian musician and journalist active during the 1960s and 1970s, Segun Bcknor, Tosyn had a very close relationship with her father by whom her career choice must have been influenced. She lost him on Friday, August 11, 2017.
Bucknor made her radio debut when she interned at Cool Fm where she hosted the Fun Hour Show on Saturdays. Her full strength as an On-Air Personality manifested when she joined comedian, Tee-A, on Eko FM before joining Top Radio.
Tosyn anchored the morning drive show at Top radio, a Lagos based Radio station owned by Late Amaka Igwe, which became a highlight for many Lagosians for seven years.
Bucknor has been nominated and won several awards including ELOY Awards, Best of Nollywood among others.
She has won many awards including the Nigerian Broadcaster’s award, Future Awards, Exquisite Lady of the year and others.
Describing herself, Tosyn says, “I create and host content on fashion, football, media, natural hair, skincare, television, travel for podcasts, radio, social media, and Youtube.”
In her words after she joined Inspiration FM, seven years after working with Top Radio, she wrote, Every end is a new beginning…
She also did as some blogging, vlogging, radio presentation, T.V hosting, Disc Jockeying, acting and scriptwriting.
Tosyn never really thought she would go full time on radio. However, she went on to excel thereon, creating a niche for herself on the competitive terrain and became famous as a radio presenter.
“To be honest though, I never thought I would work on radio full time. All my life my plan was to be an actress, an artist or something in media and entertainment, especially on stage and the screen. No one who has a law degree ever drops it. That is the beauty of the law degree!” she said in an interview with Endi’s world in 2016.
Born with sickle cell anaemia, Tosyn founded a sickle cell project known as “These Genes” which created awareness for sickle cell.
Tosyn studied Law at the University of Lagos and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School where she was called to the bar but she had always been attracted to writing, talking, acting and singing.
Tosyn married Aurelien Boyer in 2015 after which the couple relocated to Lagos, Nigeria and managed to live a life devoid of public glare despite her large social media following.
Long after all the obsequies to send her home, the name Tosyn Bucknor will remain evergreen in the memories of her devotees and the millions of listeners whose lives derived great pleasure in her presentations.
May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
Adieu Tosyn Bucknor.

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