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Veteran Actor Jimi Solanke Dies at 81, Leaves Behind Rich Artistic Legacy

Boom RadioNG | February 5, 2024

Legendary Nigerian actor and dramatist Jimi Solanke passed away on Monday at the age of 81. Solanke, a pioneer member of Wole Soyinka’s famed Orisun Theatre Group, dedicated his life to the arts, impacting audiences for over seven decades.

He began his journey in the 1960s, showcasing his versatility on platforms like Western Nigeria Television and international festivals. Renowned for his electrifying performances in “Death and the King’s Horseman” and “Kongi’s Harvest,” Solanke earned international acclaim.

Pa Jimi Solanke

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State mourned Solanke’s passing, calling him a “great ambassador” for the arts and culture. He urged Solanke’s family to preserve his legacy, which transcends acting to include songwriting, storytelling, and visual art.

Written by Boom RadioNG


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