Jim Iyke

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Jim Iyke
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Jim Iyke on the set of Omambala
James Ikechukwu Okolue

(1971-09-25) 25 September 1971 (age 49)[1]
Libreville, Gabon
Other namesJames Ikechukwu Esomugha; James Ikechukwu Okolue
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter
Years active2001–present

James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 25 September 1971 in Libreville, Gabon. His parents are Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue, whose last name changed to Esomugha from ogwugwu village in Enugu Agidi town of Anambra State. He is the only boy in a family of eight children. He completed his secondary school education in F. G. C. Kwali Abuja from 1985 to 1991.[2]

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.[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][7]


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.[8] The 'evil spirit' supposedly confessed that it was behind Iyke's inability to get married.[9]


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 dance hall artist Cécile.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Iyke holds a black belt in taekwondo.[11] In April 2019, the Nollywood star took to his Instagram to announce the birth of his son in which he uploaded a picture showing him & his newly born baby boy in his arms.[12]


Year Title Role Director Ref
2010 Between Kings and Queens Nnanna Joy Dickson [13]
2012 Last Flight to Abuja David Obi Emelonye [14][15]
2013 And Then There Was You Zuma Leila Djansi [16]
2014 When Love Comes Around N/A Afe Olumowe [17]
2016 Stalker Michael Moses Inwang [18][19]
2017 American Driver Jim Iyke Moses Inwang [20][21]
2018 Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Naz Toka McBaror [22]
2019 Dead rite N/A Tope Alake [23]
2019 The Set Up Edem Niyi Akinmolayan [24][25][26]
2019 Merry Men 2: Another Mission Naz Moses Inwang [27][28]

External links[edit]

  • "Jim Iyke Foundation website".


  1. ^ "Aww, love SO sweet: Actress, Nadia Buari's tweets at Jim Iyke on his birthday (READ) » YNaija". YNaija. September 25, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jim Iyke". Naij.com – Nigeria news. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Jim Iyke: 7 things you probably don"t know about actor". Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jim Iyke at The "Synagugue"". The Nation Newspapers. October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Untamed Productions". Jim Iyke's World: Official Website.
  6. ^ "Download link for 'Who am I' by Jim Iyke feat Tuface". Waptrick. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "This is STYLE. This is how I understand it - Jim Iyke". Xclusive Magazine. July 28, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  8. ^ "Much Ado About Jim Iyke's Deliverance at TB Joshua's Synagogue". Daily Independent (Nigeria). October 1, 2013. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  9. ^ Aglanu, Ernest Dela (September 29, 2013). "Jim Iyke Delivered From 'Demonic' Possession at TB Joshua's Church". My Joy Online (Ghana). Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jim Iyke". Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "How I wish I was not that popular – Jim Iyke". Modern Ghana. August 21, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nollywood actor Jim Iyke poses with son". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.bing.com/k/celebrities/jim-iyke/timeline
  14. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2287851/fullcredits
  15. ^ https://rogersmovienation.com/2020/06/18/netflixable-nigerian-last-flight-to-abuja-covers-the-disaster-pic-checklist/
  16. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2317090/fullcredits
  17. ^ "'When Love Comes Around' Jim Iyke, Eku Edewor, others star in new movie". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  18. ^ https://guardian.ng/art/stalker-starring-jim-iyke-to-premiere-soon/
  19. ^ https://thenet.ng/jim-iyke-and-nse-ikpe-etims-stalker-hit-cinemas-in-february-2016/
  20. ^ https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/movies/american-driver-comedy-movie-featuring-jim-iyke-nadia-buari-emma-nyra-gets-release/ntscs52
  21. ^ https://thenet.ng/american-driver-starring-jim-iyke-ay-makun-and-nse-ikpe-etim-set-for-nigerian-cinemas/
  22. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9837502/fullcredits
  23. ^ https://nlist.ng/people/jim-iyke-385/credits/
  24. ^ https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/22/jim-iyke-adesua-etomi-thrill-in-the-set-up/
  25. ^ https://thenationonlineng.net/adesua-etomi-jim-iyke-others-star-in-the-set-up/
  26. ^ https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/movies/dakore-akande-adesua-etomi-wellington-jim-iyke-others-star-in-new-film-the-set-up/sx3eqxe
  27. ^ https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/movies/ay-releases-merry-men-2-official-trailer/y7c1kz4
  28. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11417930/fullcredits