A veteran actor, and folk singer, Jimi Solanke, is dead.
The legendary poet and playwright passed away on Monday at the age of 81.
According to The PUNCH, he died while being transported from his country home at Ipara Remo in Ogun State to Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan.
Solanke had been in and out of the hospital since December, and his death marks another significant loss in the artistic community.
Hon. Dickson Awolaja, representing Remo North State Constituency at the Ogun State Assembly, confirmed the news, expressing condolences and acknowledging Solanke’s substantial contributions to the nation’s development.
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. May his soul rest in peace”.
He is known for Kongi’s Harvest, Sango, Shadow Parties, and many more. He is also referred to as Uncle Jimi.
Jimi Solanke was well-known for his roles in productions such as Kongi’s Harvest, Sango, Shadow Parties, and more, earning him the endearing title of Uncle Jimi. May his soul rest in peace.