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Jimi Solanke was known as a songwriter, actor, performer, visual artist, poet and storyteller extraordinaire. Easily recognized by many over generations, thanks to his unique style of reciting folktales with his booming golden voice backed up with guitars, singing in different tones, using passionate gesticulations and mimicry to drive the message home to his young and not so young listeners.

‘Uncle Jimi’, as he is fondly called by fans and admirers, remains a common feature in major stage plays in Nigeria and around the world. He played lead roles in Death and the King’s Horseman, Kurunmi, Chattering and the Song, Kongi’s Harvest, Ovoramwen Nogbaisi, The Divorce and many more. He starred in several shows on Nigerian Television (NTA) starting from the 1960s to date, including The Bar Beach Show, For Better for Worse, Village Headmaster, Family Scene on Lagos Television (LTV), Children’s Half Hour, Storyland, African Stories on (AIT), Sango – The movie and many others. If you have watched television in Nigeria at any time during the last six decades, you must know Uncle Jimi….Click here to read the full article

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