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.
He was born as James Ikechukwu Esomugha to Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue who later became Esomugha.
The Nigerian star was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. Jim is from Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State, southeastern region of Nigeria.
His 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 charming Nollywood actor made his debut in the industry in 2001. With over 100 movies, Jim Iyke is one of the leading male artists 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”. He effortlessly interprets the notorious cum play boy 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 others.
In 2007, Jim Iyke launched his production company – Untamed Productions. In no time, he also launched a music label, Untamed Records.
His most popular song from his first album, Who Am I? featured Nigeria’s 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 international actresses like Judy Shekoni and Tangerine Martins.
He also went on to produce 2 Dollarz, a sequel to 1 Dollar. Jim is the producer of the much anticipated Shades of White.
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 has been created by the media.
“I was very sceptical to allow cameras into my life, into my home and family. The argument was superior. It was like all these years everybody has different opinions about you. Why don’t you give them a clear picture of who you are? So I decided to start the TV reality show.”
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.
37-year old Jim has been in a number of high profile relationships. Currently the Nigerian actor is involved with a 23 year old lawyer, Dana Kinduryte from Lithuania. Together they have a son, Harvis Chidubem Iyke.
Before now, he was in a very hot romance with fellow Nollywood actress Nadia Buari and went so far as to propose. However, the romance broke off after a while and nobody seems to know why up till date.
Jim Iyke is a 3 time winner of Teenage Choice Award.
He has also won Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actor; NET Best African Actor and 2010 Mode Men Award for Best Actor.
As a philanthropist, Jim runs a charity foundation for children living with special disabilities.