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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has described the death of renowned African culture ambassador, Olujimi Solanke, as a colossal loss to the theatre community and Ogun State.

The governor also condoled with the family of the veteran poet and dramatist and the people of Ipara-Remo in Remo North Local Council of the state.

Solanke reportedly died yesterday, after a brief illness. He was aged 82.

In a statement, Abiodun said the late Solanke had “consistently put the name of the state in the limelight for very good reasons, especially in the arts right from his days at the University of Ibadan (UI) School of Drama.”

Also, President Bola Tinubu has mourned the death of actor and playwright, saying that he received the news with a heavy heart.

Tinubu, in a statement by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “President Tinubu mourns the literary and cultural virtuoso and describes him as one of the finest of Nigeria’s creative artistes 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.”


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