Nigerian Veteran Actor, Jimi Solanke Dies At 81

A veteran actor, and folk singer, Jimi Solanke, has passed on.

The legendary poet and playwright died on Monday at the age of 81.

He was said to have died while being rushed from his country home at Ipara Remo in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State to Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan when he gave up the ghost.

Chief Solanke was said to have been in and out of hospital from December 2023 until he died on Monday morning.

Dickson Awolaja representing Remo North State Constituency at the state Assembly confirmed the exit of the highly gifted artiste to PUNCH.

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”.

The veteran actor is popular for his roles in Kongi’s Harvest, Sango, Shadow Parties, and many more. He is also referred to as Uncle Jimi.

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