He was born on July 4, 1942 in Lagos Island. He hails from Lagos state.
Solanke obtained a Diploma Certificate in Drama from the University of Ibadan.
His Acting Career
Solanke made his entry into acting after graduation. He 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. Solanke established himself in Los Angeles, California, where his storytelling career began. He was described as a “master storyteller” by CNN.
In 1986, Solanke returned to Nigeria with three members of the African Review group to work with the Nigerian Television Authority. His reputation earned him the lead role in most of Ola Balogun’s films.
The veteran has so far starred in several Nollywood movies. Solanke was part of the team that made the film of Kongi’s Harvest by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Sango film in 1997.
Jimi Solanke is exceptionally creative and talented Nigerian actor known for intriguing roles in movies. He is one of the pioneers and strong pillars who have made tremendous contributions to the development of the Nigerian movie industry.
His Personal Life
The renowned folk singer and story teller happily got married in September 17, 1983 to his lovely wife, Margaret, a graduate of Dramatic Arts he met at the National Theatre during the screening of a play, ‘The Divorce’ in 1979. The marriage is blessed with lovely children.
Jimi Solanke described his wife a good mother and a friend who has made a tremendous impact in his life.
His Net Worth
Jimi Solanke is indeed a rare talent, a living legend in Nollywood, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $500,000 dollars.