Yemi Solade Biography: First & Second Wife, Age, Movies, Daughter, Net Worth

Who is Yemi Solade?

Yemi Solade, whose real name is Yemi Etieme Solade (born January 31, 1960), is an accomplished actor and veteran of thespian industry.

Owing to his roles in films including Widow, Voiceless Scream, and Elevator Baby, he is quite well-known among Yoruba moviegoers and within the Nollywood film industry.

Yemi Solade is considered to be among the pioneers of the modern Nigerian film industry. In addition to Madam Dearest, Pasito Deinde, Iriri Mi, Bread Winner, and Thunderbolt, he has appeared in several films.

Where was Yemi Solade Born? And everything you need to know about his Education 

On January 31, 1960, Yemi Solade was born in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a Christian and a Yoruba by tribe.

His father is from Egba, Ogun State, western Nigeria, while his mother is from Oron, Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.


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Yemi Solade spent his formative years in Lagos State, specifically in the vicinity of Ogunlana Drive and Adeniran Ogunsanya.

He continued his education at the Oyo State College of Arts and Science (OSCAS) while he studied for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, subsequent to the failure of an attempt to obtain his A-level certificate overseas.

In addition, he registered for classes at the esteemed University of Ife (presently known as Obafemi Awolowo University O.A.U), where he was instructed by the legendary Professor Wole Soyinka.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from O.A.U., he pursued a Master of Public Administration at Ahmadu Bello University. Additionally, Yemi Solade obtained degrees in sociology and anthropology from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he holds a degree in International Relations from O.A.U.

Yemi Solade concluded his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) mandate at Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria.


Yemi Solade
Yemi Solade

Solade began his acting career at the age of 17, during Festac 77, an arts and culture festival conducted in 1977.

During his youth in Surulere, he won three consecutive dance championships in Lagos State and represented Africa in international dance competitions held in Spain.

He debuted on stage as a passenger and driver in the 45-minute monologue Crazy Youngie, in which he performed his debut.

Yemi Solade held faculty positions at several universities and polytechnics, including the University of Maiduguri, Kaduna Polytechnic, and Ramat Polytechnic, subsequent to his academic completion.

He subsequently relocated to Kaduna, where he assumed the role of Assistant Director of the Kaduna Music and Drama Society, a Deputy British High Commission-founded entertainment venue.

In 1993, Yemi Solade enrolled at O.A.U, where he was promoted to the position of artistic director for the theatre company owned by Professor Ola Rotimi.

Oju Inu (Insight), his inaugural Yoruba film, was produced under the direction of Wale Adenuga, the present CEO of the PEFTI Film Institute.

His group was the first to screen a film at Muson Center, but due to financial difficulties, the film was unable to advance beyond that point.

Additionally, Yemi Solade appeared in each Wale Adenuga Television series, such as Papa Ajasco, Super Story, This Life, and Odd World.

Nevertheless, his performances in films including The Widow, Voiceless Scream, and Elevator Baby have earned him widespread acclaim.

Social Media

Yemi Solade maintained a substantial following on Instagram, having accumulated more than 316k followers. However, he maintains an active presence on additional social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.

Personal Life

Yemi Solade is married to Hannah Marsh Solade, an attractive woman he encountered while filming Super Story with Wale Adenuga.

Following a religiously motivated divorce from his first wife, Hannah Marsh Solade, he entered into matrimony with her.

In an interview, Yemi Solade revealed that her parents had the intention of converting him to Islam. His union with Hannah Marsh Solade has produced two offspring, Rola Solade, a girl, and Femi Solade, a boy.


Yemi Solade faced criticism in June 2021 for endorsing the prohibition imposed by the Nigerian government on Twitter.

Yemi Solade, to the disapproval of a number of Nigerian citizens, defended the president’s prohibition on Twitter, claiming it was the best course of action for the government. Despite this, he never expressed remorse or altered his stance on the subject.

What is Yemi Solade Net Worth

Yemi Solade is widely recognized in Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry. Among the earliest actors, he laid the groundwork for the industry, particularly the Yoruba dialect.

His employment is predicated on his extensive knowledge of cinematics and film directing. In 2009, he and Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami, Jide Kosoko, and Dele Odule established the Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAPAN).

Additionally, Yemi Solade holds the position of president at The Shakers Foundation. According to multiple sources, his estimated net worth is $500,000.

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