James Ikechukwu Esomugha popularly known as Jim Iyke is a famous Nollywood actor, producer, director, hip hop rapper, model and an entrepreneur. He was born on 25th September, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. He is currently 41 years old. He is referred to as Nollywood Bad-boi. He is originally from Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State, Nigeria. He is the only boy in a family of eight children.
He studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State & obtains a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy.
Jim Iyke began his acting career in 2001. He is one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood & has appeared in over 150 films.
In 2007, he established a movie production company “Untamed Productions” & his own music 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.
Jim Iyke has won many awards in Nollywood. He is a three-time winner of the Teenage Choice Awards.
He also won the Best Actor in Nigeria Entertainment Awards. His other awards include African Achievement Award.
In 2008 he won the Best African Actor at NET Awards. In 2010 he won the Best Actor of the Year & Sexiest Man in Nigeria.
The controversial video of Iyke’s deliverance at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, led by Pastor T.B. Joshua went viral
He is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation a charity project for Children with Special Disabilities.
Jim Iyke is currently single but has had romantic relationship with actress Nadia Buari & Keturah Hamilton, a Jamaican model.
He is currently the richest & most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10 million.