Yemi Solade is a veteran Nollywood actor and film producer. He was born in Lagos on January 31, 1960. He is popular in the film industry for his roles in the films; Voiceless scream, Widow, and Elevator baby.
In this article, we will write about Yemi Solade’s biography, career, education, net worth, and everything else you need to find out about this veteran actor.
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Full name: Yemi Etieme Solade
Date of birth: January 31, 1960
State of Origin: Ogun State, Nigeria
Marital status: Married
Net worth: $500,000
Yemi Etieme Solade was born on January 31, 1960, in Surulere Lagos, State – he is 60 years old as of 2020. His mother is from Oron in Akwa Ibom State, and his father is from Egbe in Ogun State.
During his early days in Lagos State, he grew up in Adeniran Ogunsanyi, along Ogunlana Drive. He attended St. John’s Elementary School. Acquilla and went on to Birch Freeman High School for his high school. After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain his A’level certification, he continued his studies at Oyo OSCAS School of Arts and Sciences, preparing for JAMB. He attended Ife University, now Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U.), under the supervision of Professor Wole Soyinka.
He graduated in Dramatic Arts from O.A.U. and enrolled at A.B.U. Zaria for a Masters in Public Administration. He holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Leicester and a degree in International Relations from the O.A.U. He completed the National Youth Corps program in Maiduguri, where he taught at Ramat Polytechnic. He then moved to Kaduna Polytechnic, where he taught general studies, communication skills, and literature.
Yemi started performing at the age of 17, during Festac 77, the Festival of Arts and Culture, organized in 1977. As a young Surulere boy, he was a dance champion in Lagos state for three years consecutively and represented Africa in the world dance competitions in Spain. He first appeared on stage during a 45-minute monologue titled “Crazy Youngie,” where he played the role of a passenger and driver.
After Yemi Solade completed his studies, he taught at universities and polytechnics such as Maiduguri University, Ramat Polytechnic, and Kaduna Polytechnic. He moved to Kaduna, where he became Deputy Director of the Kaduna Music and Theater Society, founded by the British Deputy High Commission. Later in 1993, he joined O.A.U., where he was appointed artistic director of the theater company of professor Ola Rotimi.
He directed his first Yoruba film “Oju Inu” (Insight), directed by Wale Adenuga, owner of the PEFTI Institute. His team initially released the film at the Muson Center, but due to financial hurdles, the film failed to take that step.
Yemi has appeared in all of Wale Adenuga’s series, including Papa Ajasco, Super Story, This Life, and Odd World. He is known for his roles in films like Voiceless Scream, Widow, and Elevator Baby. He also starred in other films like;
- Madam Dearest
- Pasito Deinde
- Iriri Mi
- Bread Winner
- My Experience
- The Other Woman
Yemi is married to Hannah Marsh Solade, a woman he met on Wale Adenuga’s “Super Story”. He married Hannah after divorcing his first wife, a lady Shohuarab, for religious reasons. Yemi revealed in an interview that her parents wanted to Islamize him. His marriage to Hannah gave him two children, a girl and a boy named Rola Solade and Femi Solade.
Yemi Solade Net worth
Yemi Solade is well known in the Nigerian film industry. He was one of the first actors to lay the industry’s foundations, especially on the Yoruba side. He is known for his knowledge bank in film making and cinematography.
He created TAMPAN (Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria) with Adebayo “Oga Bello” Salami, Prince Jide Kosoko, and Dele Odule in 2009. He is also president of the Shakers Foundation. As of 2020, Yemi Solade net worth is estimated at $500,000.