James Ikechukwu Esomugha// (listen), popularly known as Jim Iyke listen (born 25 September 1976),[1] is a Nigerian actor and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

Jim Iyke
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Jim Iyke on the set of Omambala
James Ikechukwu Okolue

(1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 46)
Libreville, Gabon
Other namesJames Ikechukwu Esomugha; James Ikechukwu Okolue
Years active2001–present

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Libreville, Gabon. His parents, from Ogwugwu Village in Enugu Agidi town of Anambra State, changed their name from Okolue to Esomugha. He is the only boy in a family of eight children. He attended secondary school in F. G. C. Kwali Abuja from 1985 to 1991,[2] then earned a diploma in Banking and Finance and a BSc in Philosophy from the University of Jos, Plateau State.[3]


Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. As of October 2013, he was one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood,[4] he has appeared in over 150 films.[citation needed]

He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007, and also has his own music record label, Untamed Records.[5] His first album, titled Who Am I?, featured some of Nigeria's top musicians, such as TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan.[6][7]


A video of Jim Iyke's purported 'deliverance' from an evil spirit at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, led by Pastor T.B. Joshua, provoked intense debate on social media.[8] The spirit reportedly confessed that it was behind Iyke's inability to find a wife.[9]


He is the founder of Jim Iyke 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.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Iyke holds a black belt in taekwondo.[11]

In April 2019, he announced the birth of his son.[12]


DJ Abass and Jim Iyke
Year Title Role Director Ref
2010 Between Kings and Queens Nnanna Joy Dickson [citation needed]
2012 Last Flight to Abuja David Obi Emelonye [13]
2013 And Then There Was You Zuma Leila Djansi
2014 When Love Comes Around Afe Olumowe [14]
2016 Stalker Michael Moses Inwang [15][16]
2017 American Driver Jim Iyke Moses Inwang [17][18]
2018 Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Naz Toka McBaror
2019 Dead rite N/A Tope Alake [19]
2019 The Set Up Edem Niyi Akinmolayan [20][21][22]
2019 Merry Men 2: Another Mission Naz Moses Inwang [23]
2020 Bad Comments Frank Orji Moses Inwang

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2021 Net Honours Most Searched Actor Won [24]


  1. ^ Okonkwo, Oge (25 September 2013). "Aww, love SO sweet: Actress, Nadia Buari's tweets at Jim Iyke on his birthday". YNaija. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Jim Iyke". Naij.com – Nigeria news. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Jim Iyke: 7 things you probably don"t know about actor". Pulse.ng. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Jim Iyke at The 'Synagugue'". The Nation. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Untamed Productions". Jim Iyke's World: Official Website.
  6. ^ "Download link for 'Who am I' by Jim Iyke feat Tuface". Waptrick. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  7. ^ "This is STYLE. This is how I understand it - Jim Iyke". Xclusive Magazine. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Much Ado About Jim Iyke's Deliverance at TB Joshua's Synagogue". Daily Independent. Nigeria. 1 October 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  9. ^ Aglanu, Ernest Dela (29 September 2013). "Jim Iyke Delivered From 'Demonic' Possession at TB Joshua's Church". My Joy Online. Ghana. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Jim Iyke". Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ "How I wish I was not that popular – Jim Iyke". Modern Ghana. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Nollywood actor Jim Iyke poses with son". Punch Newspapers. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  13. ^ Moore, Roger (18 June 2020). "Netflixable? Nigerian "Last Flight to Abuja" covers the disaster pic checklist".
  14. ^ "'When Love Comes Around' Jim Iyke, Eku Edewor, others star in new movie". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Stalker, Starring Jim Iyke, to Premiere Soon". 17 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Jim Iyke and Nse Ikpe-Etim's 'Stalker' hit cinemas in February 2016". 7 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Comedy movie featuring Jim Iyke, Nadia Buari, Emma Nyra gets release date". Pulse Nigeria. 8 December 2016.
  18. ^ "'American Driver' starring Jim Iyke, AY Makun and Nse Ikpe-Etim set for Nigerian cinemas". 2 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Jim Iyke - nlist | Nollywood, Nigerian Movies & Casting". nlist.ng. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Jim Iyke, Adesua Etomi, Thrill in 'The Set Up'". 22 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Adesua Etomi, Jim Iyke, others star in 'The Set Up'". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 8 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Dakore Akande, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Jim Iyke, others star in new film 'The Set Up'". Pulse Nigeria. 6 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Olamide gets a cameo appearance in 'Merry Men' sequel as AY releases official trailer". Pulse Nigeria. 4 December 2019.
  24. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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