To a Remarkable Year to Come!

by Duchess Magazine

James Ikechukwu Esomugha, also referred to as Jim Iyke, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Esomugha on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon.

He is a native of Anambra State from Ogwugwu community in Enugu Agidi town. Between 1985 and 1991, he was a student at Federal Government College in Kwali, Abuja. He attended the University of Jos in Plateau State after completing his secondary education to earn a diploma in banking and finance. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy.

His parents changed their last name from Okolue to Esomugha. In a family of eight children, Jim is the only male.

In 2001, Jim Iyke started his acting career. He was among Nollywood’s highest paid actors as of October 2013, and he has been in many movies.

In addition to having his own music record label, Untamed Records, he also founded Untamed Productions, a film production firm, in 2007. Some of the best musicians from Nigeria, like TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan, appeared on his debut album, Who Am I?

The Jim Iyke Foundation for Children with Special Needs is his creation. In support of the Make a Change Campaign, a charity initiative started by Christopher Grey and Jamaican dance hall musician Cécile, he traveled to Kenya in December 2012.

Jim has a black belt in Taekwondo.

In 2021, he took home the Net Award for Most Searched Actor.

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