Popular Nigerian billionaire cum socialite, Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun a.k.a IBD Dende, cannot be pushed aside in any crowd. No, Never.
Though not as literate as you would think, he is quite influential and connected to those in the corridors of power. Not many would forget the encounter he had with the Nigeria Customs boss, Col Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) a few years back and how the Ilaro-based billionaire was left off the hook after been incarcerated in prison for smuggling contraband goods.
Dark, not much of a handsome guy but he dishes out money handsomely to whosoever he is pleased with especially Nollywood Yoruba actresses.
The billionaire whose business interests span hospitality, haulage and a host of other enterprises, clocked 50 years recently.
You needed to have seen how actors, Fuji musicians and many others in the entertainment industry took to social media to celebrate his birthday. Some called him their godfather, many called him their benefactor and a large number struggled for Dende and his wife’s Lara’s attention on Instagram!
Who wouldn’t anyways? IBD Dende has succeeded in making life so good for many actresses in the Nollywood Yoruba industry.
Though many of these ladies try to hide their alleged affairs with him, the billionaire knows they are after his deep pocket and he spoils them silly with luxuries and gifts.
As a matter of fact, a pretty Nollywood actress, who was married for 10 years to her producer husband walked out of the marriage in 2017 because she was ‘handsomely settled’ by IBD Dende!
Her husband, who was once a producer of the soap opera, “Super Story” would save face and claim that his marriage is still intact but his wife no longer lives with him. Not even their children.
The Ilaro based Billionaire spoilt her silly with a new apartment, a car and she lives like a queen among her colleagues in the industry.
“IBD Dende is a benefactor and God-sent to the entertainment industry in Nigeria. He has sponsored a large number of artistes on pilgrimage, helped fund their album production and whenever they need to organize a musical concert/show, he is a big sponsor.
That actors, especially the female, gravitate towards him for favors doesn’t mean he is dating them. They come to him to help with their movie productions, they seek his assistance whenever they want to go on pilgrimage and they don’t joke with his kind gesture especially in letting out his facilities whenever they are shooting movies,” a close source to the billionaire disclosed to Kemi Ashefon.
Ironically, he has never attempted marrying another woman aside his wife, Lara.
They have been married for a while and unlike other rich men who are Muslims, Dende, who possesses a chain of hotels in Ilaro, Lagos and its environs, has not brought in another wife.
This is despite the urge by some actresses to become his forever.
Recall that Tayo Odueke aka Sikiratu Sindodo was married to Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo who is the current Lagos State chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
The marriage broke down irretrievably a few years after they had a customary marriage in Lagos.
“IBD Dende could be a darling to many of these actresses but he seems to have vowed not to marry more than a wife in his home. He is always celebrating Lara, his wife on social media,” sources told Kemi Ashefon.
SOURCE: OPERA NEWS