Veteran actor and folk singer Jimi Solanke has passed away last Monday at the age of 81.
According to reports, the esteemed poet and playwright passed away while being transported from his residence in Ipara Remo, Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State, to Babcock University Teaching Hospital in Ilisan.
Chief Solanke had been in and out of hospitals since December until his passing on Monday morning. The Honourable Dickson Awolaja, representing Remo North State Constituency at the state assembly, confirmed the sad news to our correspondent and expressed condolences on behalf of the community.
The Honourable Awolaja remarked, “I received news of Pa Jimi Solanke’s demise not long ago. His passing is undoubtedly a significant loss to us in Remo North and Ogun State as a whole, considering his invaluable contributions to our nation’s development. May his soul rest in peace.”
Jimi Solanke was celebrated for his roles in iconic productions such as “Kongi’s Harvest,” “Sango,” “Shadow Parties,” and more. Affectionately known as Uncle Jimi, his legacy as an artist and cultural figure will endure.