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Veteran actor, Jimi Solanke, dies at 82

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Veteran actor, dramatist, and singer Jimi Solanke passed away on Monday at the age of 81, just two months from his 82nd birthday.

Solanke’s death was disclosed to newsmen by a close source in the family, who stated that he died while being rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Ogun State.

Hon Dickson Awolaja, representing Remo North Constituency in Ogun State House of Assembly also confirmed his death on Monday afternoon.

Hon Awolaja said, “I got wind of the demise of Pa Jimi Solanke not long ago.

“His death is no doubt another big loss to us in Remo North and Ogun State as a whole given his worthy contributions to the development of our dear nation”

Born on July 4, 1942, in Ipara Remo, Jimi Solanke’s artistic journey started as a pioneer member of the Orisun Theatre Group, founded by the renowned Author and playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka, in 1961.

His contributions to the global entertainment industry spanned seven decades, leaving an indelible mark on various platforms, from the Western Nigeria Television in the 1960s to international festivals in Senegal and Algeria during the 1970s.

 

 

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