Following the death of top media personality, Princess Tosyn Bucknor popularly known as Area Mama, top Nigerian celebrities, international news platform CNN, and many others have continued to mourn the deceased with emotional messages shared on their social media platforms.
The news of Tosyn’s death came to many as a shock with the Nigerian media space thrown into a mourning period.
While mourning Tosyn’s demise, CNN in a post titled “The ‘Voice of Lagos’ is silent”, wrote about the passing of the top broadcaster and her contributions to the sickle cell community through her ‘These Genes Project’ in 2007 to raise awareness about sickle cell.
In addition, sonorous singer, Simi, who shot into limelight first as a gospel singer while mourning Tosyn wrote; “When I heard, at first it was a numb shock, because of course, it had to be a lie. But then, I heard again and again. How? No. I’m so sad because Tosyn was such a light. A genuine light that was rooting for everyone she believed in. One of the few that I met in the industry early on that truly wanted people to win even when it didn’t serve her.
“Tosyn is a light that will never dim because she loved to help people. Even when she was upset with you, she wasn’t spiteful. Or vengeful. I’m so sorry. About the pain that the people that love you feel today and will feel for days and days to come. Thank you for your strength. For always smiling. I wish you could have had the chance to do more you beautiful, vibrant queen. But thank you for doing plenty.
Something this sad happens, but the world keeps going. It sucks. And it teaches me even more, to make the most of everyday, for myself and the people I love. Love&Lyt Tosyn Bucknor.”
The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Akin Oyebode, wrote on Twitter saying; “Still can’t believe Tosyn has left us. Can only be grateful for two decades of friendship, energy, inspiration and courage. Peace and love, Ms Bucknor. Peace and love.”
Similarly, Falz who first posted that his heart was heavy shared a photo of himself and Tosyn saying; “Angels don’t die, they ascend to heaven. I know you’re in a better place.”
Also, the founder of InsideMainland, Odion Aleobua, mourned the passing of Tosyn describing her as the ‘kindest’ he ever met. “Tosyn Bucknor is the kindest heart I’ve ever met. She is a friend who will give an arm if the cause is worth it. My heart is in pieces following this devastating news but I take solace in the knowledge that you lived a life that inspired many young people. #RIPTosynBucknor,” Odion posted on Twitter.
On his part, popular rapper, M.I Abaga eulogized the deceased saying; “I hope heaven is real.. I hope they threw an ever bigger party than usual when you arrived to celebrare you. I hope you can see how many people you touched! I hope you can see how all the years of giving and selflessness and stainless integrity in service, how they changed your world. I hope your husband, sister and family find peace. I know it won’t be easy. I hope you know how much I cherish you. How you changed my life by just being my friend and standing next to me.
“I hope you know I remember how your very presence opened doors and unlocked hearts for me..
I hope you can see that your memory will never die!! You were completely different from everyone else!!!!! I hope you know that you will be missed.. fiercely and scorchingly..forever. I hope there is heaven and that all the angels and all the saints realise how lucky they are to have you now. Till we meet again, my dear friend who changed my life forever Tosyn.”
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💔 I hope heaven is real.. I hope they threw an ever bigger party than usual when you arrived to celebrare you.. I hope you can see how many people you touched! I hope you can see how all the years of giving and selflessness and stainless integrity in service, how they changed your world.. I hope your husband, sister and family find peace.. I know it won’t be easy.. I hope you know how much I cherish you.. how you changed my life by just being my friend and standing next to me.. I hope you know I remember how your very presence opened doors and unlocked hearts for me.. I hope you can see that your memory will never die!! You were completely different from everyone else!!!!! I hope you know that you will be missed.. fiercely and scorchingly.. forever I hope there is heaven.. and that all the angels and all the saints realise how lucky they are to have you now Till we meet again.. my dear friend who changed my life forever Tosyn
In the same vein, top celebrities such as Banky W, Sound Sultan, Omoni Oboli, Don Jazzy, Olamide, Phyno, Seyi Law, Basketmouth among several others have continued to mourn the death of the deceased media personality.
Recall that Tosyn Bucknor was a member of the InsideMainland family and featured prominently greatly during InsideMainland’s session on ‘Bringing Lagos closer through community inspired journalism’ globally acclaimed Social Media Week Lagos in February 2018.
Prior to her death, she was an On Air Personality with Inspiration FM, where she hosted the afternoon drivetime show, after a successful stint with Top Radio 90.9 FM.