Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has condoled with the family of the late General Manager of the National Theatre, Dr. Stella Oyedepo, saying her death has created a huge vacuum in the ecosystem of the nation’s creative industry.
The Minister, who led the top management staff of the Federal Ministry
of Information and Culture on a condolence visit to the husband of the
deceased, Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo, in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital, on
Friday, described Dr. Stella Oyedepo’s death in a road accident as
“We were all shocked and short of words but we must just accept what
God has destined to happen. But the good side is that Dr. Oyedepo left
a big imprint in the national ecosystem of the creative industry
within the one year that she spent as the CEO of the National Theatre.
“We will continue to remember her enthusiasm, passion and her resolute
decision to move the National Theatre and the creative industry as a
whole to the next level,” he said.
Mohammed, who said he has formally communicated the news of Dr.
Oyedepo’s death to the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC),
urged the family of the deceased to take solace in the fact that her
legacy in creativity transcended the boundaries of Nigeria.
“I am glad that what she has done has gone beyond the shores of this
country because when we hosted the 61st United Nations World Tourism
Organisation Meeting (in Abuja), I think we gave every delegate this
decorative kola, which was a product of her creativity,” he said.
The Minister commended the husband of the deceased for his strength of
character and faith, even as he mourns the loss of his wife, and
prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of the deceased and give
her family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In his response, the husband of the deceased, Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo,
described the death of his wife as the biggest tragedy that has
befallen the family, but noted that as a Christian, he was taught to
always give thanks to God in every situation.
He said the deceased was his companion, confidant and partner for
life who will be sorely missed by the family.
The General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo,
who is the elder brother of the husband of the deceased, prayed for
the family and the repose of the soul of Dr. Stella Oyedepo.
The Minister was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Deaconess Grace Gekpe;
Special Assistant to the President attached to the Minister, Mr.
Williams Adeleye; Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Musibau
Kayode; Director, Procurement, Mr. Funsho Abdulkareem; Director,
International Tourism, Mrs. Ronke Wole-Fasanya; Director, Information
and Communication Technology, Mrs. Comfort Ajiboye and the Director of
Protocol and Public Relations, Mr. Sunny Baba Adejoh.