Jim Iyke

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

(1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 42)[1]
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 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[edit]

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 ogwugwu village in Enugu Agidi town ofAnambra 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 1985-1991.[2]

Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos, Plateau 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]


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.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Iyke holds a black belt in taekwondo.[11]


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 [12]
2017 American Driver Jim Iyke Moses Inwang

External links[edit]

  • "Jim Iyke Foundation website".


  1. ^ http://www.ynaija.com/aww-love-so-sweet-actress-nadia-buaris-tweets-at-jim-iyke-on-his-birthday-read/
  2. ^ "Jim Iyke". Naij.com - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  3. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Jim Iyke: 7 things you probably don"t know about actor". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  4. ^ "Jim Iyke at The "Synagugue"". The Nation Newspapers. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  5. ^ "Untamed Productions". Jim Iyke's World: Official Website.
  6. ^ "Download link for "Who am I" by Jim Iyke feat Tuface". Waptrick. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  7. ^ "Much Ado About Jim Iyke's Deliverance At TB Joshua's Synagogue". Daily Independent (Nigeria). 2013-10-01.
  8. ^ Aglanu, Ernest Dela (2013-09-29). "Jim Iyke Delivered From 'Demonic' Possession At TB Joshua's Church". My Joy Online (Ghana).
  9. ^ "JIM IYKE". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  10. ^ Ogunbumi, Babajide (2013-01-26). "Jim Iyke New Cause….Donates To Charity Regularly". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  11. ^ "How I wish I was not that popular - Jim Iyke". Modern Ghana. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  12. ^ "'When Love Comes Around' Jim Iyke, Eku Edewor, others star in new movie". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 19 December 2014.