By Niyi Coker
The esteemed multi-disciplinary artist, Jimi Solanke will be 80 on July 4.
The period Friday July 1- Friday July 8 has been set aside to stage some events to celebrate his eminent Life and illustrious Career.
NB: See attached poster. The events are projected to hold at various venues in/around Lagos.
However, A virtual Conference on his times at Ori Olokun Theatre has been scheduled for FRIDAY JULY 1.
A documentary on his Life and Career has been produced and would be screened in the course of the Conference. In the said film, titled, JIMMY SHOW, produced and directed by Ayodele Adewunmi, the celebrant paid generous tribute to the role many of you played in the course of his time at the Ori Olokun.
In this autobiographical documentary, legendary multi-disciplinary artiste, Jimi Solanke reflects on his 80 years of existence, spotlighting the key events of his over six decades of professional life. He highlights attributes that made his career one of the most illustrious in Africa’s Creative industry. He talks about his early childhood and training, his theatrical, storytelling and musical performances all around the world, especially his American experience. Jimi’s story traces the history of beginning of professional theatre practice in Africa and, pays tribute to those who made it happen. The documentary features interviews with great minds in African theatre and culture worlds some of whom had been either Jimi’s mentors, colleagues or associates, including the dramatist, Prof Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate in Literature.
I am writing to specially invite you as a distinguished alumnus of the Ori Olokun theatre family.
We would be honoured to have your presence and contribution to the celebration of our dear Uncle Jimi Solanke.
We thank you for your interest in the celebration. May you also be celebrated at your own time.
Best wishes always,
‘Niyi Coker, Jr. MFA, Ph.D. (SDC)
Professor & Director,
The School of Theatre, Television & Film,
San Diego State University,
San Diego, California. 92182-7601 . USA.
Tel- 619 594 5091