Born in Ijedu-Ode(Nigeria) on March 9th,1930, Professor Solanke’s path to the coveted post of Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Premier University of Ibadan started from Ladi-Lak Primary School, Yaba, Lagos. He then proceeded to the famous CMS Grammar School, Lagos and later Chigwell School in Essex, England. In both schools, he demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities (as he was Senior Prefect). His early Medical Education was at St. Andrew’s University Medical School, in Scotland where he obtained M.B.Ch.B in 1956.
The late Professor Emeritus easily passed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1961. Thereafter, he was elected Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, the international College of Surgeons and the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College. During his early years as a young Surgeon, he bagged many scholarships and travel fellowships to renowned academic centres in the world such as the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, the Cancer Institute, Tokyo, Japan and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. He has a meteoric rise to the chair of Surgery at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The contributions of late Prof. Solanke to the West African College of Surgeons are innumerable. He worked tirelessly for the growth and development of the College. He was Hon. Treasurer of the College from 1967-1971, Secretary-General 1971-1976, President of WACS 1981-1983 and was a member of Council from 1967 till he went to rest in the Lord. The late T.F. Solanke also served many other important organizations notably, the World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Surgical Colleges and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria. Until his death on September 18th, 2001, he was Chairman of the National Cancer Registry in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was a founding father of the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) and was elected the first President of PAAS in 1996.