Jimoh Akolo was born in Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria in 1935. He graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1961 alongside many of the members of the Zaria Art Society. He also imbibed the tenets of synthesising modern art forms with the indigenous concepts.
Naturalistic in orientation, he combines traditional African proportions in his forms to create a unique blend. Akolo has exhibited his works in several parts of the world.
He retired as a Professor at the Ahmadu Bello University where he served in various administrative capacities before retirement.