Jim Iyke, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Jim Iyke
Born James Ikechukwu Okolue
25 September 1976 (age 41)[1]
Nationality Nigerian
Other names James Ikechukwu Esomugha; James Ikechukwu Okolue
Occupation Actorsinger-songwriter
Years active 2001-present
Website www.jimiykesworld.com

James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor in Nigeria’s movie industry (popularly called Nollywood) and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

Early life and education

He was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. His parents are Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue, whose last name changed to Esomugha from Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State. He is the only boy in a family of eight children.[2]

Jim Iyke studied at the University of JosPlateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy.[3]


Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. He’s one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood.,[4] and has appeared in over 150 films. He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007. Jim Iyke began his own music label, Untamed Records.[5] He produced a first album, titled “Who Am I?” featuring some of Nigeria’s top musicians such as TuFace Idibia, and Sound Sultan.[6]


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.[7] The ‘evil spirit’ supposedly confessed that it was behind Iyke’s inability to get married.[8]


Jim lyke 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.[9] [10]

Personal life

Jim iyke believes in the art of self defense as he is a black belt holder and preferred fight technique is Karate[11]. He is married to Nadia Buari.


Year Title Role Director Ref
2010 Between kings and Queens Nnanna Joy Dickson
2013 And Then There Was You Zuma Leila Djansi
2014 When Love Comes Around N/A Afe Olumowe [14]
2017 American Driver Jim Iyke Moses Inwang

External links


  1. Jump up^ http://www.ynaija.com/aww-love-so-sweet-actress-nadia-buaris-tweets-at-jim-iyke-on-his-birthday-read/
  2. Jump up^ “Jim Iyke”Naij.com – Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  3. Jump up^ Izuzu, Chidumga. “Jim Iyke: 7 things you probably don”t know about actor”. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  4. Jump up^ “Jim Iyke at The “Synagugue””. The Nation Newspapers. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  5. Jump up^ “Untamed Productions”. Jim Iyke’s World: Official Website.
  6. Jump up^ “Download link for “Who am I” by Jim Iyke feat Tuface”. Waptrick. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  7. Jump up^ “Much Ado About Jim Iyke’s Deliverance At TB Joshua’s Synagogue”Daily Independent (Nigeria). 2013-10-01.
  8. Jump up^ Aglanu, Ernest Dela (2013-09-29). “Jim Iyke Delivered From ‘Demonic’ Possession At TB Joshua’s Church”My Joy Online (Ghana).
  9. Jump up^ “Jim Iyke Foundation website”. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  10. Jump up^ Ogunbumi, Babajide. “Jim Iyke New Cause….Donates To Charity Regularly”m.modernghana.com. Ogunbunmi Babajide.
  11. Jump up^ “Once a bad boy, always a bad boy: Jim Iyke gets into a fight in Ghana”nigeriamovienetwork.com. Nigeria Movie Network Official Staff.
  12. Jump up^ jointznjamzEnt (2010-03-12), Jim Iyke-Born To Do This Ft Puffy T, retrieved 2017-12-22
  13. Jump up^ Who Am I ft 2face Idibia
  14. Jump up^ “‘When Love Comes Around’ Jim Iyke, Eku Edewor, others star in new movie”Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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