Cultural Icon Pa Jimi Solanke, Renowned Nigerian Artist, Dies at 82

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Renowned Nigerian artist and cultural icon, Pa Jimi Solanke, breathed his last on Monday morning at the age of 82.

As gathered by Beyond Boders, the multifaceted talent, known for his roles in acting, folk singing, poetry, and playwriting, succumbed to a brief illness en-route to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.

Born on July 4, 1942, in Ipara Remo, Jimi Solanke embarked on his artistic journey as a pioneer member of the Orisun Theatre Group in 1961, founded by the renowned Wole Soyinka.

Over seven decades, his contributions to the global entertainment industry left an indelible mark, from the 1960s on Western Nigeria Television to international festivals in Senegal and Algeria during the 1970s.

His versatility was evident in unforgettable performances such as “Death and the King’s Horseman” and “Kongi’s Harvest.”

Hailed by The Oxford Times as a “Skilled Nigerian Actor” and recognized by the New York Times as the star of an “Excellent Troupe,” Solanke, affectionately known as Baba Agba, was not just an actor but a consummate quintessential songwriter, performer, visual artist, and storyteller.

Survived by his wife, Chief Mrs. Toyin Solanke, his passing marks the end of an era in Nigerian entertainment.

Solanke’s legacy transcends borders, leaving an indomitable imprint on the history of African arts.

His impact as a cultural ambassador will be remembered for enriching the nation’s cultural heritage.

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