Jimi Solanke was a Nigerian artist who performed in drama, poetry, and music. He was born in Lagos in 1942 and studied drama at the University of Ibadan. He later moved to the US and founded The Africa Review.
Solanke returned to Nigeria in 1986 and worked with the Nigerian Television Authority. He also acted in several films by Ola Balogun. He was a master storyteller and a singer of African songs.
Solanke died in 2024 at 81. He was respected and honored for his promotion of African culture. He received many awards, such as the National Merit Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Movie Academy Awards.
Jimi Solanke State Of Origin
Jimi Solanke was originally from Ogun State, Nigeria.
Jimi Solanke Age
Jimi Solanke was 81 years old when he died in February, 2024.
Jimi Solanke Early Life and Education
Jimi Solanke was born on July 4, 1942, in Lagos State, Nigeria, but he traced his roots to Ogun State. He attended Olowogbowo Methodist School for his primary education and Odogbolu Grammar School for his secondary education.
He developed his interest in arts and literature from an early age and formed his first band in secondary school. He also wrote songs for some famous Highlife musicians. He then proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he enrolled in the first school of drama in Nigeria.
He obtained a diploma certificate in drama and honed his artistic talents under the guidance of professors like Wole Soyinka and Geoffrey Axworthy. He was a pioneer student of the Department of Dramatic Arts, which later became the Department of Theatre Arts.
Jimi Solanke Career
Jimi Solanke his career as a lecturer at the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) in 1969. He participated in various theatrical productions and festivals, such as the adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Kongi’s Harvest.
He moved to the United States in the 1970s, where he founded The Africa Review, a drama group that showcased African culture through performances. He became known as a master storyteller and a singer of African songs. He was described as a “master storyteller” by CNN.
He returned to Nigeria in 1986 and worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). He also played the minstrel on the children’s show Storyland. He starred in several films by Ola Balogun, such as Sango and Shadow Parties.
Jimi Solanke Awards
Jimi Solanke received many awards and recognitions for his contributions to the promotion of African art and culture. He was honored with the National Merit Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Movie Academy Awards, and the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Jimi Solanke Wife and Children
Jimi Solanke was married to Margaret Solanke and they had four children together. He also had three children from his previous marriage, and three more from other relationships. He had a total of ten children.
Jimi Solanke’ Death
Jimi Solanke died on February 5, 2024, at the age of 81. He passed away after a brief illness while en route to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, Nigeria.
Jimi Solanke Net Worth
Jimi Solanke had an estimated net worth of $500,000 at the time of his death.