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About

Jim Iyke is a Nollywood actor known for the gangster, flashy and arrogant character he portrays in movies. He's also earned the moniker "Nollywood's Bad Boy" as he's constantly embroiled in controversies. Behind the scene, Jim Iyke is a film producer and businessman. Learn more in Jim Iyke's biography.

Personal Life

Jim Iyke whose real name is James Ikechukwu Esomugha was born on 25 September 1976 in Libreville Gabon. Jim Iyke’s parents relocated back to Nigeria when he was young. 

Jim Iyke’s father is Mr Stephen Okolue. He hails from Enugu Agidi in Anambra state and comes from the Igbo tribe. As such, Jim Iyke's tribe is Igbo and his state of origin is Anambra. His mother is Mrs Ngozi Gladys Okolue Esomugha. 

Jim Iyke has seven siblings, all girls which means he is the only son of Mr and Mrs Okolue Esomugha. Despite his popularity, only one of Jim Iyke’s sisters, Natasha Esomugha is publicly known. As for the rest, Jim Iyke has shared a couple of pictures with them online. 

How tall is Jim Iyke?

Well, just like his imposing stature in movies, Jim Iyke happens to have that characteristic in real life. He stands at 5’9. 

Jim Iyke’s Schooling

Jim Iyke’s educational background traces back to Abuja, Lagos where he studied at Federal Government College in Kwali. Afterwards, he proceeded to the University of Jos where he graduated with a diploma in Banking and Finance before he went back to the University of Jos for a science degree in Philosophy. 

Jim Iyke’s Career

Post his university studies, Jim Iyke packed his bag and headed to Lagos with the determination to fulfil his dreams. Like many college graduates, Jim Iyke had his struggles but a meeting with a legal practitioner in the form of Victor Opurum helped him realise that he is multitalented and this gave him an edge.

With that discovery, Jim Iyke ventured into modelling which led him into Nollywood. The model cum actor officially embarked on his acting career in 2001 and has been a mainstay in the industry since then. 

He is majorly known for his gangster, flashy, and arrogant character which has earned him lots of praise and made him one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors. 

Jim Iyke has appeared in over 150 movies which include“The Last Flight To Abuja”, “Between Kings and Queens”, “Billionaire Brothers” and “One Dollar” amongst others.  

Jim Iyke’s Businesses

Like any seasoned actor, Jim Iyke has diversified his income streams. Apart from his roles on screen, he is also very handy behind the scene. In 2007, he crossed over into movie production and started his own company “Untamed Productions” which is behind the films “1 Dollar” and “2 Dollars”.

Jim Iyke is also the owner of a record label named Untamed Records. If you weren't aware, he released his debut album “Who Am I?” under the label which also composes music used in his movie productions.

Jim Iyke also runs the Jim Iyke Foundation through which he helps the less privileged.

He operates a clothing line, Untamed Closet and at one time was a brand ambassador for boutique store Wear It All Men’s Luxury wear. 

Jim Iyke’s Relationships

Is Jim Iyke married?

Jim Iyke is a lady's man which is why people keep asking whether he’ll ever settle down. The Nollywood actor is in his forties and is yet to formally introduce his wife. He’s been living with his baby mama Dana Kinduryte for more than six years in his Atlanta home but hasn’t made anything official. Therefore we can safely say that Jim Iyke doesn’t have a wife. At least not yet.

Does Jim Iyke have a child?

We’ve mentioned that Dana Kinduryte is Jim Iyke’s baby mama so yes, the Nollywood actor has a child. Jim Iyke’s son was born on 1 September 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and is called Harvis Chidubem Iyke. Together with his “wife’, they reside in Atlanta.

Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari son

Jim Iyke might have dated a couple of women but Nadia Buari is not one of them. Speaking about their perceived relationship, Jim Iyke stated that they were never romantically involved, rather they were part of a reality television show that infused some elements of their personal lives and thus the conclusion that they were a couple. 

Further, Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari don’t have a son. The mother of Jim Iyke’s son is a Lithuanian woman named Dana Kinduryte.

Jim Iyke’s wedding

By the time you read this, you will already know that Jim Iyke is not married. So which wedding are we discussing here? A while back, Nollywood fans eagerly anticipated that Jim Iyke and Rita Dominic’s relationship will result in marriage only for it to crumble. 

One of the reasons for that as Jim Iyke pointed out was that they work in the same industry and he prefers to have a partner in a different field. He also alluded to the fact that he was young and desired to have fun and enjoy the comforts that came with being a star as his career was just getting started.

Even now, Jim Iyke maintains that whilst he is still Rita Dominic's friend, he wouldn't make any romantic advances toward her.   

Jim Iyke’s Controversy

Nikki Samonas and Jim Iyke

We all know that what we see on television is edited down to the last name on the credits roll. Some scenes don't make it to television due to their nature or maybe were not well shot. But sometimes, things can go wrong and when they do, it can be damaging. 

Nikki Samonas and Jim Iyke’s sex scene in the movie "My First Wife" made it into the public domain. The scene captured adult-rated content, the kind that is rarely seen in Nollywood films and as expected, some fans criticised Jim Iyke for accepting such a role. 

While Iyke has remained silent over the matter, Nikki has said that the editors of the show dropped the ball as the scene was not supposed to leak out. Further, she said that the scene was restricted to the set and nothing more happened between them.

Jim Iyke fight Uche Maduagwu

Social media is always looking for something that’s hot and will trend and Jim Iyke knows this which is why he orchestrated his fight with fellow actor Uche Maduagwu. Jim Iyke and Uche Maduagwu’s video circulated wildly and Iyke has finally revealed the truth behind it. 

He explained that he carefully planned the fight in the lead up to the launch of his movie "Bad Comments". Uche Maduagwu corroborated his claims and described Iyke as his brother. As a result, "Bad Comments" became a blockbuster.

In fact, at the premiere of the movie, Jim Iyke arrived at the venue in a Rolls Royce, dressed in all-white to a grand reception by fans and Nollywood A-list celebrities. 

Jim Iyke and TB Joshua

Jim Iyke sought the healing power of the late pastor TB Joshua in a bid to try and improve the health condition of his mother. Despite his hesitation to go to his church, he attended a service at the Synagogue Church of All Nations but the tables turned on him. 

Instead of concentrating on his mother, Jim Iyke says one of TB Joshua's men turned to him, touched him and immediately he said and did things he would otherwise not do. 

Iyke believes that the late TB Joshua’s man deliberately made him say things to embarrass him. For that, Jim Iyke maintains he will never forgive the late TB Joshua. 

Jim Iyke’s house and cars

Jim Iyke’s Cars

Jim Iyke is a lover of exotic cars and this can be seen by the cars he parks in his garage. Here’s the lineup. A Toyota Landcruiser, a red Toyota Camry, a Mercedes Benz CL600, Range Rover Sport, a Chevrolet and a Lexus LX 570.

Jim Iyke’s House

Whilst Jim Iyke might not flaunt his mansion on social media, he lives an opulent lifestyle and definitely his house will match these standards. Jim Iyke is believed to own a house in Abuja that reportedly cost him 200 million nairas. 

Jim Iyke’s Net Worth

Jim Iyke is one of the richest Nollywood actors as his net worth in dollars stands at $30 million. If we convert this, Jim Iyke’s net worth in Nairas is 12 billion. 

So what is Jim Iyke’s source of wealth? His acting career and several businesses like a record label, production company, clothing line Untamed Closet, the Jim Iyke’s Foundation and endorsements.

Jim Iyke and Davido, who is the richest?

Jim Iyke rates highly on Nollywood’s rich list. As outlined above, Jim Iyke’s net worth according to Forbes stands at $30 million. What of Davido? His net worth in 2022 stands at $45 million which he generates from endorsement deals, business investments and music.

Thus, it’s clear that Davido is richer than Jim Iyke.

Jim Iyke and Wizkid, who is richer?

So now let’s compare Jim Iyke’s net worth with Wizkid's. We now know what Jim Iyke makes. As for Wizkid, he makes around $30 million from his music, endorsement and business investments. Thus, there’s nothing to separate Jim Iyke and Wizkid.

Jim Iyke and Zubby Michael, who is richest?

Zubby Michael is a Nollywood actor cum producer turned politician whose net worth is estimated to be $800,000 to $1 million which he makes from the stated ventures as well as endorsement deals. 

Though Jim Iyke and Zubby Michael work in the same industry, the former’s net worth dwarfs what Zubby takes home. Iyke’s net worth is $30 million which makes him the richer of the two.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Most Popular Nollywood Actor by NET Honours

2017: Festival Prize at the People’s Film Festival

2016: Best Actor at the Afro North America Awards

2015: Best Nollywood Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards

2012: Best Nollywood Actor at the Anambra State Award

2012: Best Nollywood Actor of the Decade 

2012: Entertainment Entrepreneur Awards at the Kampala Nile Awards

2009: Best Actor at the Africa Entertainment Awards

2008: Sexiest Man in Nigeria

2006: Teen Favourite Award

Social Media

Jim Iyke’s Instagram: @Jim.Iyke

Jim Iyke’s Twitter: @JimIykeOfficial 

Jim Iyke’s Facebook: Jim Iyke 

Jim Iyke’s Website: Jim Iyke 

Q&A

Is Jim Iyke married in real life?

Jim Iyke has a baby mama named Dana Kinduryte. Although they’ve cohabited for almost six years, Jim Iyke and Dana are not married.

Who is Jim Iyke's wife?

Jim Iyke doesn’t have a wife although he lives with his baby mama. Whether he is ever going to get married, only Jim Iyke knows. 

How old is Jim Iyke now?

Born on 25 September 1976, Jim Iyke’s age is 46.

Where is Jim Iyke from?

Jim Iyke was born in Libreville, Gabon but returned to Nigeria with his parents when he was very young.

When did Jim Iyke get married?

Jim Iyke has not yet walked down the aisle. Though he's living with his Lithuanian girlfriend, the two haven't officiated their relationship. When asked about it, Jim Iyke doesn't give any hints about whether they will marry.

Jim Iyke is from which state?

Jim Iyke’s state of origin is Anambra State. 

Also known as:
Jim Ikye
Real name:
James Ikechukwu Esomugha
Occupation:
Actor, Film Producer, Businessman, Singer, Model
Birthday:
25 September 1976
Nationality:
Nigerian, Gabonese
Star sign:
Libra
Birth place:
Libreville, Gabon
Height:
5’9

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Image of Jim Iyke's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Jim Ikye
Real name:
James Ikechukwu Esomugha
Occupation:
Actor, Film Producer, Businessman, Singer, Model
Birthday:
25 September 1976
Nationality:
Nigerian, Gabonese
Star sign:
Libra
Birth place:
Libreville, Gabon
Height:
5’9

About

Jim Iyke is a Nollywood actor known for the gangster, flashy and arrogant character he portrays in movies. He's also earned the moniker "Nollywood's Bad Boy" as he's constantly embroiled in controversies. Behind the scene, Jim Iyke is a film producer and businessman. Learn more in Jim Iyke's biography.

Personal Life

Jim Iyke whose real name is James Ikechukwu Esomugha was born on 25 September 1976 in Libreville Gabon. Jim Iyke’s parents relocated back to Nigeria when he was young. 

Jim Iyke’s father is Mr Stephen Okolue. He hails from Enugu Agidi in Anambra state and comes from the Igbo tribe. As such, Jim Iyke's tribe is Igbo and his state of origin is Anambra. His mother is Mrs Ngozi Gladys Okolue Esomugha. 

Jim Iyke has seven siblings, all girls which means he is the only son of Mr and Mrs Okolue Esomugha. Despite his popularity, only one of Jim Iyke’s sisters, Natasha Esomugha is publicly known. As for the rest, Jim Iyke has shared a couple of pictures with them online. 

How tall is Jim Iyke?

Well, just like his imposing stature in movies, Jim Iyke happens to have that characteristic in real life. He stands at 5’9. 

Jim Iyke’s Schooling

Jim Iyke’s educational background traces back to Abuja, Lagos where he studied at Federal Government College in Kwali. Afterwards, he proceeded to the University of Jos where he graduated with a diploma in Banking and Finance before he went back to the University of Jos for a science degree in Philosophy. 

Jim Iyke’s Career

Post his university studies, Jim Iyke packed his bag and headed to Lagos with the determination to fulfil his dreams. Like many college graduates, Jim Iyke had his struggles but a meeting with a legal practitioner in the form of Victor Opurum helped him realise that he is multitalented and this gave him an edge.

With that discovery, Jim Iyke ventured into modelling which led him into Nollywood. The model cum actor officially embarked on his acting career in 2001 and has been a mainstay in the industry since then. 

He is majorly known for his gangster, flashy, and arrogant character which has earned him lots of praise and made him one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors. 

Jim Iyke has appeared in over 150 movies which include“The Last Flight To Abuja”, “Between Kings and Queens”, “Billionaire Brothers” and “One Dollar” amongst others.  

Jim Iyke’s Businesses

Like any seasoned actor, Jim Iyke has diversified his income streams. Apart from his roles on screen, he is also very handy behind the scene. In 2007, he crossed over into movie production and started his own company “Untamed Productions” which is behind the films “1 Dollar” and “2 Dollars”.

Jim Iyke is also the owner of a record label named Untamed Records. If you weren't aware, he released his debut album “Who Am I?” under the label which also composes music used in his movie productions.

Jim Iyke also runs the Jim Iyke Foundation through which he helps the less privileged.

He operates a clothing line, Untamed Closet and at one time was a brand ambassador for boutique store Wear It All Men’s Luxury wear. 

Jim Iyke’s Relationships

Is Jim Iyke married?

Jim Iyke is a lady's man which is why people keep asking whether he’ll ever settle down. The Nollywood actor is in his forties and is yet to formally introduce his wife. He’s been living with his baby mama Dana Kinduryte for more than six years in his Atlanta home but hasn’t made anything official. Therefore we can safely say that Jim Iyke doesn’t have a wife. At least not yet.

Does Jim Iyke have a child?

We’ve mentioned that Dana Kinduryte is Jim Iyke’s baby mama so yes, the Nollywood actor has a child. Jim Iyke’s son was born on 1 September 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and is called Harvis Chidubem Iyke. Together with his “wife’, they reside in Atlanta.

Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari son

Jim Iyke might have dated a couple of women but Nadia Buari is not one of them. Speaking about their perceived relationship, Jim Iyke stated that they were never romantically involved, rather they were part of a reality television show that infused some elements of their personal lives and thus the conclusion that they were a couple. 

Further, Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari don’t have a son. The mother of Jim Iyke’s son is a Lithuanian woman named Dana Kinduryte.

Jim Iyke’s wedding

By the time you read this, you will already know that Jim Iyke is not married. So which wedding are we discussing here? A while back, Nollywood fans eagerly anticipated that Jim Iyke and Rita Dominic’s relationship will result in marriage only for it to crumble. 

One of the reasons for that as Jim Iyke pointed out was that they work in the same industry and he prefers to have a partner in a different field. He also alluded to the fact that he was young and desired to have fun and enjoy the comforts that came with being a star as his career was just getting started.

Even now, Jim Iyke maintains that whilst he is still Rita Dominic's friend, he wouldn't make any romantic advances toward her.   

Jim Iyke’s Controversy

Nikki Samonas and Jim Iyke

We all know that what we see on television is edited down to the last name on the credits roll. Some scenes don't make it to television due to their nature or maybe were not well shot. But sometimes, things can go wrong and when they do, it can be damaging. 

Nikki Samonas and Jim Iyke’s sex scene in the movie "My First Wife" made it into the public domain. The scene captured adult-rated content, the kind that is rarely seen in Nollywood films and as expected, some fans criticised Jim Iyke for accepting such a role. 

While Iyke has remained silent over the matter, Nikki has said that the editors of the show dropped the ball as the scene was not supposed to leak out. Further, she said that the scene was restricted to the set and nothing more happened between them.

Jim Iyke fight Uche Maduagwu

Social media is always looking for something that’s hot and will trend and Jim Iyke knows this which is why he orchestrated his fight with fellow actor Uche Maduagwu. Jim Iyke and Uche Maduagwu’s video circulated wildly and Iyke has finally revealed the truth behind it. 

He explained that he carefully planned the fight in the lead up to the launch of his movie "Bad Comments". Uche Maduagwu corroborated his claims and described Iyke as his brother. As a result, "Bad Comments" became a blockbuster.

In fact, at the premiere of the movie, Jim Iyke arrived at the venue in a Rolls Royce, dressed in all-white to a grand reception by fans and Nollywood A-list celebrities. 

Jim Iyke and TB Joshua

Jim Iyke sought the healing power of the late pastor TB Joshua in a bid to try and improve the health condition of his mother. Despite his hesitation to go to his church, he attended a service at the Synagogue Church of All Nations but the tables turned on him. 

Instead of concentrating on his mother, Jim Iyke says one of TB Joshua's men turned to him, touched him and immediately he said and did things he would otherwise not do. 

Iyke believes that the late TB Joshua’s man deliberately made him say things to embarrass him. For that, Jim Iyke maintains he will never forgive the late TB Joshua. 

Jim Iyke’s house and cars

Jim Iyke’s Cars

Jim Iyke is a lover of exotic cars and this can be seen by the cars he parks in his garage. Here’s the lineup. A Toyota Landcruiser, a red Toyota Camry, a Mercedes Benz CL600, Range Rover Sport, a Chevrolet and a Lexus LX 570.

Jim Iyke’s House

Whilst Jim Iyke might not flaunt his mansion on social media, he lives an opulent lifestyle and definitely his house will match these standards. Jim Iyke is believed to own a house in Abuja that reportedly cost him 200 million nairas. 

Jim Iyke’s Net Worth

Jim Iyke is one of the richest Nollywood actors as his net worth in dollars stands at $30 million. If we convert this, Jim Iyke’s net worth in Nairas is 12 billion. 

So what is Jim Iyke’s source of wealth? His acting career and several businesses like a record label, production company, clothing line Untamed Closet, the Jim Iyke’s Foundation and endorsements.

Jim Iyke and Davido, who is the richest?

Jim Iyke rates highly on Nollywood’s rich list. As outlined above, Jim Iyke’s net worth according to Forbes stands at $30 million. What of Davido? His net worth in 2022 stands at $45 million which he generates from endorsement deals, business investments and music.

Thus, it’s clear that Davido is richer than Jim Iyke.

Jim Iyke and Wizkid, who is richer?

So now let’s compare Jim Iyke’s net worth with Wizkid's. We now know what Jim Iyke makes. As for Wizkid, he makes around $30 million from his music, endorsement and business investments. Thus, there’s nothing to separate Jim Iyke and Wizkid.

Jim Iyke and Zubby Michael, who is richest?

Zubby Michael is a Nollywood actor cum producer turned politician whose net worth is estimated to be $800,000 to $1 million which he makes from the stated ventures as well as endorsement deals. 

Though Jim Iyke and Zubby Michael work in the same industry, the former’s net worth dwarfs what Zubby takes home. Iyke’s net worth is $30 million which makes him the richer of the two.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Most Popular Nollywood Actor by NET Honours

2017: Festival Prize at the People’s Film Festival

2016: Best Actor at the Afro North America Awards

2015: Best Nollywood Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards

2012: Best Nollywood Actor at the Anambra State Award

2012: Best Nollywood Actor of the Decade 

2012: Entertainment Entrepreneur Awards at the Kampala Nile Awards

2009: Best Actor at the Africa Entertainment Awards

2008: Sexiest Man in Nigeria

2006: Teen Favourite Award

Social Media

Jim Iyke’s Instagram: @Jim.Iyke

Jim Iyke’s Twitter: @JimIykeOfficial 

Jim Iyke’s Facebook: Jim Iyke 

Jim Iyke’s Website: Jim Iyke 

Q&A

Is Jim Iyke married in real life?

Jim Iyke has a baby mama named Dana Kinduryte. Although they’ve cohabited for almost six years, Jim Iyke and Dana are not married.

Who is Jim Iyke's wife?

Jim Iyke doesn’t have a wife although he lives with his baby mama. Whether he is ever going to get married, only Jim Iyke knows. 

How old is Jim Iyke now?

Born on 25 September 1976, Jim Iyke’s age is 46.

Where is Jim Iyke from?

Jim Iyke was born in Libreville, Gabon but returned to Nigeria with his parents when he was very young.

When did Jim Iyke get married?

Jim Iyke has not yet walked down the aisle. Though he's living with his Lithuanian girlfriend, the two haven't officiated their relationship. When asked about it, Jim Iyke doesn't give any hints about whether they will marry.

Jim Iyke is from which state?

Jim Iyke’s state of origin is Anambra State.