Veteran Actor, Dento Down With Stroke

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Popular Ibadan-based actor-cum-comedian, Hammed Oduola a.k.a. Dento, is down with stroke.

He was said to be hale and hearty on Sunday, 4 March, a day before he became sick.

According to a neighbour, who pleaded for anonymity, “On Sunday night, we bade one another good night as everybody went to sleep after chatting at the balcony of his (Dento) house as we usually do every night.

“But when his 13-year old son, Moshood, went to his bedroom to greet him the next morning, the versatile actor was unable to move his body,” the neighbour said.

Artistes have been visiting his Omotola Street, Owode area of Ibadan, Oyo state residence. It was gathered that his family has resorted to traditional healing.

The ailing actor has been off the acting scene for the past five years. He uses his late father’s building, where he lives, for his tailoring work.

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He was a trained tailor before he ventured into full time acting.

None of his two wives lives with him. And the only person that lives with him is Moshhod, a child from his second wife.

According to a source, the second wife, who parked to her house a few years ago, had been visiting him regularly for care.

Dento, born about 60 years ago, is a native of Agbongbon area in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He became popular when he joined Chief Lere Paimo Theatre Group in the late 1970s. He also featured in an NTA Ibadan drama series in the early 1980s produced by the theatre group, and since then, he has become a household name. Dento, who was said to be critically ill, was the former Governor of Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, ANTIP, Lagos State chapter.

—Ayodele Lawal

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