National Theatre
National Theatre

The management of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on Wednesday held a commendation service for its late General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stella Oyedepo.

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Concise News reports that the service was done to kick-start the funeral rites of Oyedepo who died on April 22, in an auto crash on the Shagamu/Benin expressway.

Speaking on her demise, the Acting General Manager, Sunday Baba said: “We were like family. The brief period she was with us, I always joked with her; even before she went on that fateful trip, I did that but I never knew that would be the very last time.

“When I heard the news of her demise, I cried like a baby; it was shocking but it is one of the things of the world.”

Recalling that the late Oyedepo was a down-to-earth person, the Chief Executive Officer, Business Development and Events Management, National Theatre Abiodun Abe, said the late GM came in 2018 when the theatre was not functioning, “but her coming gave us respite.”

In his contribution, the President, National Association Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Israel Ebo, said, “we are celebrating a lady who came in and touched lives’’.

Late Oyedepo wrote over 300 plays in her lifetime but only 30 were published.

Prior to her tenure at the National Theatre, Oyedepo, a 69-year-old Linguist, was the Executive Director of the Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture, for eight years and also served as a Senior Principal Lecturer at the Kwara State College of Education.

She is survived by her husband, Dr Hezekiah Oyedepo, five  children and 11 grandchildren.