President Bola Tinubu has expressed a deep sense of loss at the demise of a creative icon, Mr. Jimi Solanke, describing the departed actor, dramatist, folk singer, poet, and playwright as a “literary and cultural virtuoso.”
In a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, the President also hailed Mr. Solanke as “one of the finest of Nigeria’s creative artists and bastion of our cherished mores and cultural heritage.”
The statement reads in full:
It is with a heavy heart that President Bola Tinubu receives the news of the passing of Nigeria’s creative icon, Mr. Jimi Solanke, who died on Monday.
Baba Solanke was an actor, dramatist, folk singer, poet, and playwright.
President Tinubu mourns the literary and cultural virtuoso and describes him as one of the finest of Nigeria’s creative artists and bastion of our cherished mores and cultural heritage.
The President condoles with the Solanke family and all those who mourn this painful loss while praying for the peaceful repose of the beloved departed.