Dudu Heritage (Real name: Oladiran Ishola Ibironke, Late 60s – September 12, 2021) was a famous US-based Nigerian music promoter best known as the husband of Bimbo Oshin, a famous Yoruba actress.
Though quite popular in the entertainment world, a lot of people got more interested in knowing all about Dudu Heritage following his marriage to the famous Yoruba actress Bimbo Oshin. For several years the two lived together and even had children until his sudden death in 2021. From his background to his death, below is a detailed information on the late music promoter you may love to know.
Dudu Heritage’s Biography Summary
- Full name: Oladiran Ishola Ibironke
- Nickname: Dudu Heritage
- Gender: Male
- Ethnicity: Black
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Dudu Heritage’s Wife: Bimbo Oshin, Shola Ibironke
- Dudu Heritage’s Children: 6, including Olusegun Ibironke and Iyanuoluwa Ibironke
- Dudu Heritage’s Net worth: $1 Million (Approx.)
- Famous for: Bimbo Oshin’s Husband
What Is Dudu Heritage’s Age?
Ola Ibironke is a Yoruba man from Ijesha land in Osun state, South West Nigeria. There are no exact details of his date of birth but there are speculations that he was born in the 1950s, and as of the time of his death, he was said to be in his late 60s. Further information about his family he was born into, including his parents and siblings, cannot be found.
Ibironke had his childhood in Nigeria and apparently had his primary and secondary education in the country before moving abroad to further his studies. His university education was between London and U.S.A, after which he returned to Nigeria.
How Ibironke Came About His Alias “Dudu Heritage”
Ola Ibironke lived off the shores of Africa for many years and even after his education, he spent some years shuttling between London and the US while trying to build his entrepreneurial skills.
When he planned to set up a store for African items in the United States of America, he struggled with a perfect name for it. But because his shop would be dealing with African items, music and all the rest of it, he adopted Dudu Heritage, the Home of Africa Culture, Entertainment & Arts. Ola further revealed during an interview that his dreams about the store came to fruition as Nigerians and blacks alike patronized it.
Despite having quite a successful business abroad, Dudu Heritage returned home to establish more businesses that include event management and publication. He even has a magazine called Society Facts Magazine and until his death, he was famous for ICT networking. However, he dedicated much of his time to being the captain of the Ibadan Golf Club.
Who Was Dudu Heritage’s First Wife
In addition to leading a successful business life, Dudu Heritage had a happy and fulfilled marriage with the famous Nigerian actress Bimbo Oshin. However, not many are aware of the fact that before Bimbo, the socialite was married in the US.
According to reports, Ola Ibironke was married to a US-based Yoruba woman named Shola. Reports further has it that Shola hails from the prominent Oyefesobi family in Oyo state and that she was his high school mate.
Aside from being popular as Dudu Heritage’s wife in the 90s upward, Shola is on her own part a top shot in the US where she has been for over three decades and had become an active member of EWIP (Evolving Women In Politics, USA chapter).
It is not clear why Dudu Heritage and his first wife separated but the prominent entertainment promoter did mention her as his strong supporter during his early years in the entertainment business. Dudu Heritage and his first wife had four children and while he relocated to Nigeria, she decided to stay back in the US to take care of their children. Unfortunately, further details about the children’s real names and career achievements have not been revealed
When Did Bimbo Oshin Become Dudu Heritage’s Wife?
Bimbo Oshin officially became Dudu Heritage’s second wife in 2005 and was married to him for over 15 years before his death in 2021. There are no details about how the two possibly met but it is largely assumed that they met during one of his many trips back to Nigeria.
There were also reports that Ola Ibironke dated a couple of women in the entertainment industry before settling for the Yoruba actress.
Reports that the marriage between Bimbo Oshin and Dudu Heritage had crashed surfaced around September 2020, with additional claims that Bimbo had left her matrimonial home.
However, Ola Ibironke, in an interview refuted the claims stating that he and his wife were still living in the same room and that she was still with him. To further clear the air on the matter, Ibironke went on to call his wife during the interview to confirm his statement. Bimbo answered the call and confirmed she is still in her husband’s house, thus clearing off every rumour.
Nollywood actress Bimbo Oshin hails from Ondo State. She was born on July 27, 1971, and is currently 52 years old. She spent much of her early years shuttling between her home state and Ile-Ife, Osun state, for her basic and secondary education.
She attended the University of Lagos from where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. She subsequently settled in Lagos state and started her acting career there.
Bimbo has been active in the Nigerian movie industry since 1996 and she is best known for producing the popular Yoruba romantic movie Eji Owuro. Just like her husband, she has been free from public scandals and her marriage has been blessed with two children; Olusegun Ibironke and Iyanuoluwa Ibironke.
What is the Cause of Dudu Heritage’s Death?
Ola Ibironke died unexpectedly in Ibadan on Sunday, September 12, 2021. According to reports, the music promoter and socialite was in the company of his friends, the likes of Chief Dele Momodu, Wasiu Ayinde, and Sir Shina Peters, when he suddenly slumped and passed away immediately at Raddison Blu, in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State.
There was no further report pertaining to his health that was revealed by any member of his family but witnesses said he slumped as a result of a sudden heart attack. He was at the Golf Club holding a meeting when the incident occurred and efforts to revive him failed.