FULL NAME: James Ikechukwu Esomugha
STAGE NAME : Jim lyke
NET WORTH : $8.0 Million
DATE OF BIRTH: Born September 25, 1976
OCCUPATION: Nigerian Actor, model, businessman and film maker
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married but father of one
PARENTS : Mr and Mrs Stephen Esomugha
EDUCATION : Attended University of Jos, obatined a B.Sc. in Philosophy and a diploma in Banking and Finance from the same University
Born James Ikechukwu Esomugha better known by his stage name Jim Iyke, is a top Nigerian Nollywood actor who is well known as Nollywood bad boy. Jim Iyke whose real names are James Ikechukwu Esomugha is a Nigerian actor, reality tv star, Music artiste and producer, model, entrepreneur, philanthropist. He is popularly known in Nollywood and he has been in the Industry for a very long time which makes him one of the most respected , experienced and bankable entertainer in the country. One of his notable movie is titled “Last Flight to Abuja” where he starred alongside other famous Nigerian screen stars the like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and internationally acclaimed actor, Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
Early Life, Background And Education
Jim Iyke was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon into a Nigerian parents of Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue , whose last name changed to Esomugha from Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State. Jim Iyke is from a family of eight children and the only boy in the family. After his basic education (primary and secondary school) he got admission into University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then bagged a B.Sc. in Philosophy from the same University. Jim is the only son in their family placed in the middle of seven girls among other siblings of his father’s household.
After he completed his basic and university education, he relocated to Lagos in search of greener pastures but encountered frustration, setback and challenges. As God would have it, he met with a Lagos based lawyer Barrister named “Victor Opurum”, who identified the bundle of talent inherent in him and encouraged him to continue the pursue of his dreams. Jim Iyke yielded to the advice given to him by Victor Opurum, he worked harder and his humility and unprecedented perseverance took him through his struggle and eventually survived against all odds and become one of the best in his chosen career.
After graduating from the university, Jim relocated to Lagos where he started work as a product model. After working there, he ventured into Nollywood which shot him into the limelight. His acting career kicked off in 2001 and since then be has starred in over 150 films and home videos. Jim Iyke has appeared in so many Nollywood firms , in some he plays the role of lover-boy while he plays bad boy in some. He is currently one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood today . He launched his film production outfit “Untamed Productions” in 2007 and he has successfully produced two films with internationally respected actresses Judy Shekoni and Tangerine Martins. He is also behind the production of a movie titled “2 Dollaz,” a sequel to his commercially successful comic flick, “1 Dollar”. Jim lyke is a famous Actor, model, businessman and film maker own his personal 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 is a popular Nigerian Entertainer and business man who is well known for his controversial lifestyle as a result of the many controversies he is been involved. One of these controversies is a viral video of Iyke’s purported ‘deliverance’ at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, led by Pastor T.B. Joshua. According to rumor, Jim was supposed to be possessed by an evil spirit which was the reason behind his inability to get married. The video that went viral on internet led to an intense debate on social media as many wanted to know the original story behind the oozing gist.
Personal Life And Girlfriend
Jim lyke is widely known to be off and on in relationship, his relationship with Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari that was expected to lead to marriage crashed after few months and it sparked a lot of controversies on social media. He was said to dump his longtime girlfriend unexpectedly in 2013 , he was also rumoured to have impregnated a Lagos big girl in 2013. He was involved in a fraud scandal with a rich business woman he was said to be dating in 2012.
Jim Iyke girlfriend is Keturah Hamilton, a Jamaican model. They met in the USA when Jim was once on a filming tour of the country. It was really a great love affair between the two and he even revealed to press operators that he’ll be marrying the lady very soon. But they broke up at last. The Nollywood actor believes in the art of self defense as he is a black belt holder and preferred fight technique is Karate.
James Ikechukwu Esomugha aka Jim lyke is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities. The actor 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.
- He’s a three-time winner of the Teenage Choice Award
- He has also won the Best Actor in Nigerian Entertainment Award
- African Achievement Award, Best Actor of the Year,(Mode Men Award 2010), Sèxiest Man in Nigeria (2008), and the Best African Actor (NET Awards).
- Between kings and Queens
- When Love Comes Around
- And Then There Was You
- American Driver