Jimi Solanke

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Jimi Solanke
BornJuly 1942
NationalityNigerian
CitizenshipNigerian
Occupation
Film actor
Playwright
Poet
RelativesOyinkansola Solanke, Kehinde Solanke, Arole Taiwo Solanke, Seun Solanke, Lope Solanke, Sayo Solanke, Sola Solanke [1]

Jimi Solanke (born July 1942) is a Nigerian film actor, dramatist, folk singer, poet and playwright.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Solanke graduated from the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a diploma certificate in drama.[5]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Solanke moved to the United States, where he created a drama group called The Africa Review, focusing on African culture. Members of this group usually put on African clothing, specifically Yoruba costume. They performed in black African schools.[6] Solanke established himself in Los Angeles, California, where his storytelling career began. He was described as a "master storyteller" by CNN.[7]

In 1986, he returned to Nigeria with three members of the African Review group to work with the Nigerian Television Authority.[8] His reputation earned him the lead role in most of Ola Balogun's films.[9] He was part of the team that made the film of Kongi's Harvest by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Umukoro, Arukaino (June 30, 2013). "My father shares household chores with my mum — Jimi Solanke's daughter". punchng.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Alakam, Japhet (April 8, 2012). "Night of Poets at the Lagos Black Heritage Festival". vanguardngr.com. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Abeniji, Gbenga (November 16, 2014). "Tales by bedside lamps". punchng.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Cultural Rebirth At Lagos Black Heritage Festival". thisdaylive.com. April 20, 2014. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Dada, Oladele (November 26, 2014). "Jimi Solanke: Foremost story teller". Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel (May 20, 2003). Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre. New York: Routledge. p. 284. ISBN 1134767862. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Kermeliotis, Teo (January 6, 2012). "Master storyteller brings folk tales to life". CNN. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jimi Solanke: Hats off for a veteran at 70". dailyindependentnig.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Balogun, Adeola. "We shared intelligence and wine with Wole Soyinka". www.punchng.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)