Since I will not be around forever, I am teaching Nigerians how to become folklore artists because I do not want that style of music to disappear.


I thus wish to part with a piece of myself.


In order to ensure that there is an abundance of Jimi Solanke, part of the curriculum includes teaching youngsters as young as five years old how to express themselves through folklore.

“Nowadays, folklore music is more profitable than it was when I first started; back then, viewers would pay N100 for each show, but things have changed since then.


He said that a certain local record label had lately paid him royalties for a song he had recorded in 1979, “proving that folklore music is more profitable these days.” According to Solanke, this was required since


He was also able to have a long career in theatre, radio, television, and film productions after returning to Nigeria.

Later, Solanke appeared in a number of theatre productions, such as The Divorce, Ovoramwen Nogbaisi, Sango, Death and the King’s Horseman, Kurunmi, Chattering and the Song, and Kongi’s Harvest. In addition, he had television series roles in For Better for Worse, Village Headmaster, Family Scene, Children’s Half Hour, Storyland, African Stories, and The Bar Beach Show. Along with writing and recording songs like Onile Gogoro, Eje ka jo, Jenrokan, B’areni j’oye, Adara, and Owuro l’ojo, the versatile performer also composed music. The recent Nollywood hit JagunJagun was narrated by Solanke.