Jim Iyke is a veteran Nollywood actor, entrepreneur, and Nigerian media personality. From his humble acting days, he geared off to the level of film and music production.
Often playing the bad boy or the heartless gangster lover known for abusing women, Jim Iyke is seen by movie lovers as an individual with quite a temperament. To some extent, perhaps we can say that is true in real life.
Jim Iyke Biography
James Ikechukwu Esomugha (born September 25, 1976), popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a popular Nigerian Nollywood actor and philanthropist born in Libreville, Gabon, to Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Okolue, whose last name changed to Esomugha from Ogwugwu village in Enugu Agidi town of Anambra State, Southeastern region of Nigeria. Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a BSc in Philosophy.
Jim Iyke’s primary education started in Gabon, the land of his birth. On relocation to Nigeria, the course of his education changed. He had to complete his secondary education at Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja. He went on to the University of Jos, Plateau State where he obtained a diploma in Banking and Finance as well as a B.Sc. in Philosophy.
The charismatic Nollywood actor made his debut in the movie industry in 2001 video ‘$1: One Dollar‘. Since then he has appeared in more than 150 films, making him one of the leading male actors in the industry; as well as one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors.
Jim Iyke has featured in many Nollywood blockbusters. He made a signatory impression in the industry with his unique acting style. He is the ultramodern Nollywood “Bad Boy” who effortlessly interprets the notorious cum playboy roles with all efficiency.
Jim has featured in movies such as 1 Dollar, which has been acclaimed as one of the most commercially successful comic Nollywood movies. He also starred in Games Men Play, Last Flight To Abuja and a host of others.
In 2007, Jim Iyke launched his production company – Untamed Productions. In no time, he also launched a music label, Untamed Records.
The most popular song from his first album, Who Am I? featured Nigeria’s first-class act Tuface Idibia. He also featured Sound Sultan in his debut album.
As a film producer, Jim has produced a couple of movies in London, staring with international actresses like Judy Shekoni and Tangerine Martins. He also went on to produce 2 Dollarz, a sequel to 1 Dollar.
The Jim Says So Reality Show
The Unscripted reality show Jim Says So was launched on DSTV in 2013. The first season ran for 13 weeks. Jim says the essence of starting the reality show is to correct wrong notions about him that have been created by the media.
He had hoped to show his fans who he really is, away from the camera. Whether that worked out well or not, is not quite so clear though.
Business has always been a visible interest of the Nigerian actor. The fashion enthusiast runs a clothing line. In addition to that, he also launched his Burgeon Global enterprise on a grand scale. The business with headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, launched the Burgeon table water to that effect.
The successful actor and business mogul also has interests in oil & gas, automobile dealership – Untamed Cars, real estate amongst others.
Jim Iyke’s Personal Life
Jim Iyke has been in a number of high profile relationships. Currently, the Nigerian actor is involved with a young lawyer, Dana Kinduryte from Lithuania. Dana, a Law graduate who hails from Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania, lived with Iyke at his apartment in Atlanta, USA, and gave birth to their son Harvis Chidubem Iyke. While he is yet to fix a date for possible marriage, to legally make Dana his wife, Jim described his girlfriend and baby mama as an ultra-private person who is camera-shy and avoids publicity as much as she can.
Prior to this time, Jim Iyke was in a very hot romance with fellow Nollywood actress from Ghana, Nadia Buari and went as far as proposing. However, the romance broke off after a while, leaving many puzzled as to what went wrong with the lovebirds.
Jim Iyke & Nadia Buari Proposal
Jim Iyke proposed to Nadia Buari on 21 March 2014, with a six-carat-diamond ring while having dinner with her during one of the episodes of his reality show, Jim Iyke Unscripted. Speaking about his proposal, Iyke revealed that the diamond ring was specifically designed for him in different countries like Sierra Leone, Gambia, Ghana and Gabon but that it was finished in London. Surprised, Nadia promptly said a ‘YES’ to his marriage proposal.
A few years down the line, the Nollywood star appeared only to publicly reveal that his relationship with Nadia was nothing intimate. He said they were both getting a lot of mileage out of the mix-up”.
Jim Iyke is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities. He visited Kenya in December 2012 in support of the Make a Change Campaign, a charity project founded by Christopher Grey, and Jamaican dancehall artist Cécile.
The controversial video of Iyke’s purported ‘deliverance’ at The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, led by Pastor T.B. Joshua went viral and led to intense debate on social media. The ‘evil spirit’ supposedly confessed that it was behind Iyke’s inability to get married. Many claimed the clergyman paid Jim Iyke to fake the deliverance since he was a popular figure. Shortly after then, Jim Iyke granted interviews, claiming the ‘deliverance’ was genuine as against the concern and belief of many who thought it was faked.
Jim Iyke Net Worth
Jim Iyke is one of Nollywood’s leading male actors, featuring in over 150 movies. He is a brand ambassador of real estate company, Henry Montego Homes, Globacom Telecommunications, to name a few. He is also a business with chains of businesses in Abuja and his estimated net worth is $30 million.