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
Jim Iyke was born on the 25th of 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. Jim Iyke 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
Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then had a BSc in Philosophy.
Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. He’s known to be one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood and has appeared in over One hundred and fifty(150) films. He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007. Jim Iyke began his own music record label, Untamed Records. He produced a first album, titled “Who Am I?” featuring some of Nigeria’s top musicians such as TuFace Idibia, and Sound Sultan.
The controversial video of Jim Iyke’s purported ‘deliverance’ at The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), led by Pastor T.B. Joshua went viral and led to an intense debate on social media. The ‘evil spirit’ supposedly confessed that it was behind Iyke’s inability in getting married.
James Ikechukwu Esomugha is known to be 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.
Iyke holds a black belt in taekwondo. In April 2019, the Nollywood star took to his Instagram page to announce the birth of his son in which he uploaded a picture showing him & his newly born baby boy in his arms.
In January 2021, Jim Iyke said in an interview with net concerning his favorite artiste, that he preferred Davido to Wizkid.
Jim Iyke’s net worth is estimated to be ₦11.4 Billion, according to the list of richest Nigerian celebrities.