Nine quick facts to know about late veteran playwright, Jimi Solanke


Jimi Solanke

On Monday, veteran actor, playwright, folk singer, songwriter, Jimi Solanke kissed the world goodbye as he breathed his last. 

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Here are nine brief facts to know about late multi-talented maestro.

  1. Late Chief Jimi Solanke who was indigenous to Ogun State, was born on July 4, 1942, in Ipara Remo
  2. He was a pioneer member of the Orisun Theatre Group, founded by the renowned Wole Soyinka, in 1961.
  3. He was involved in epic plays such as “Death and the King’s Horseman,” “Kurunmi,” “Kongi’s Harvest,” “The Divorce,” and “Ovaramwen Nogbaisi.”
  4. He was active in the entertainment and arts industry for seven decades.
  5. He was a popular television face in the 80s.
  6. He participated in international festivals in Senegal and Algeria during the 1970s.
  7. He was the anchor of the popular children’s TV show, Storyland
  8. The Oxford Times called him a skilled Nigerian actor, while the New York Times named him the star of an excellent troupe” during a performance of Wole Soyinka’s “Kongi’s Harvest”
  9. Solanke died on Monday, February 5th. at the age of 81
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