Top Nigerian Media Maven Tosyn Bucknor Has Passed Away
The family of the radio presenter and media personality confirmed she succumbed to sickle cell complications.
Oluwatosin Bucknor, also known as Tosyn Bucknor, suddenly passed away, Vanguard reports. The Nigerian radio presenter, media personality and social media content creator was 37 years old.
Reports say her husband, Aurelien Boyer, found her in their home Monday night. Her sister, Funmi Bucknor, confirmed her death on Instagram. "My darling sister and besto Tosyn passed away last night due to complications from sickle cell," she says. Pulse Nigeria adds her death comes just after a year after the passing of her father, Segun Bucknor, a musician and journalist.
To think I still saw Tosyn Bucknor last month. This is not a palatable news for me. May God Almighty grand all her… https://t.co/eqtk0L9vF2— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadmus Hakeem)1542699120.0
Bucknor earned a degree in law from the University of Lagos before diving into the media world. She got her start as an on-air-personality at Eko FM, while interning at Cool FM hosting the 'Fun Hour Show' on Saturdays. Bucknor then joined Top Radio FM after completing her NYSC in 2009—making her the only woman handling a morning show. Her 7-year stint at the station earned her the nickname 'Area Mama.' Bucknor also won and was nominated for several awards during the course of her career, including the Future Awards, ELOY Awards and Best of Nollywood, PUNCH Nigeria reports.
Before her untimely passing, she was a morning talk show host at Inspiration FM and was a vlogger.
Living with sickle cell anemia drove her to establish These Genes in 2007—a project to normalize sickle cell and help fellow Nigerians tackle the emotional and mental aspect of living with sickle cell.
Nigerians who consume and create media are in shock and in mourning because of the impact Bucknor had on the industry. Here are their reactions below.
Tosyn Bucknor dead and I'm having chills all over. Her career is one that has contributed to my knack for journalis… https://t.co/aqf4W20Eg9— Oreoluwa Peters (@Oreoluwa Peters)1542700217.0
RIP Tosyn Bucknor Your Passion was unmatched, Your Energy unrivalled, You made people fall in love with your Profe… https://t.co/o2gTr5AuwV— CITY 105.1FM (@CITY 105.1FM)1542707046.0
Sad news for me, the music and media industry. Rest in peace Tosyn Bucknor! 😞😞😞😞 https://t.co/xdgOfEOgPC— Joey Akan (@Joey Akan)1542700053.0
RIP Tosyn Bucknor one of the best hearts, best voices, best personalities in Nigerian entertainment industry! Will be missed so much— Ajebutter22 (@Ajebutter22)1542701132.0
Thank you Tosyn Bucknor ! I cant speak for anyone else but i can speak for myself you carried my matter on your he… https://t.co/LBmmXQ0ACp— #LikeToParty (@#LikeToParty)1542712375.0
Tosyn Bucknor! This hurts, again. But I’m glad I met you. One of the very few media personalities in Nigeria that I… https://t.co/X5RDd5W3Jw— Elsie Godwin (@Elsie Godwin)1542699289.0
The news of Tosyn Bucknor’s passing is very heartbreaking. Her voice was like magic on radio, one that got me addic… https://t.co/s47Hm3OljR— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR))1542702626.0
"Aaaaaaaaaarea, guguru morning." This was one woman who made me fall in love with morning talkshows. Ace Journalis… https://t.co/hwDlaRU6Hb— Daddy Hermione😚😚 (@Daddy Hermione😚😚)1542697264.0
She made me fall in love with the radio. I’m heartbroken! RIP Tosyn Bucknor 💔— Series Abíọ́dún ♤ (@Series Abíọ́dún ♤)1542696087.0
So full of life, excitement and always willing to lend a helping hand. This is so devastating!! Rest on Voice of… https://t.co/6MAQa5vzvn— Olawale Omo Adigun (@Olawale Omo Adigun)1542695526.0
How can Tosyn Bucknor be dead? 😭😭😭. She literally gave TOP RADIO life mehn. Unique voice. No forming of accent. F… https://t.co/gfVpzFPnM6— I CONNECT PEOPLE TO JOBS/OPPORTUNITIES . THE 🔌 (@I CONNECT PEOPLE TO JOBS/OPPORTUNITIES . THE 🔌)1542699002.0
Goodnight Tosyn Bucknor! You changed the energy level on Radio & made so many people fall in love with the profes… https://t.co/IsNBEGMOiD— POOJA... (@POOJA...)1542697057.0