Jim Iyke is Nigerian Actor, Film & Music Producer, Model, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. He was born in Libreville, Gabon to Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Esomugha who hailed from Enugu Agidi village of Anambra State and the only son with six sisters as siblings. His education began in Gabon where he attended primary school before relocating to Nigeria to complete his secondary school education at federal government college, Kwali, Abuja.
Jim (or Iyke) then proceeded to the University of Jos where he studied Psychology and received a diploma in Banking and Finance.
Upon graduation, Iyke relocated to Lagos where he began his career as Product Model. His zeal and determination to succeed led him to make a foray into the then rapidly burgeoning Nigerian movie industry, popularly called Nollywood.
Jim Iyke’s entrance into Nollywood was the beginning of a journey of winning and capturing the hearts of movie followers across Africa and beyond. The rise of Nollywood eventually saw Jim become a fans’ favorite especially in various notorious character roles which he was able to effortlessly interpret and make his own, earning him the tag of “Nollywood Bad Boy”.
He has since acted in over One hundred and fifty films to date and he recently created a film production outfit “Untamed Productions” and produced two films with internationally renowned actresses Judy Shekoni and Tangerine Martins in London; Recently he also produced “2 Dollaz,” a sequel to the most commercially successful Nollywood Comic Flick “1 Dollar” to date.
He was a producer/executive producer of the movie “Shades of white”, which is yet to be released, but it is gaining critical acclaim recognition.