Our Celeb of the week is a Multitalented individual. He is an Actor,Film & Music Producer, Businessman,philanthropist, Model. CEO Untamed Intergrated Services( Fashion,construction,Music,Events,films&TV). He is no other person than JIM IYKE
Born James Ikechukwu , to Nigerian parents Mr and Mrs Stephen Esomugha from from Enugu Agidi village in Anambra state. He was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. His parents hail . He was the only boy with 6 sisters
After his primary education in Gabon and secondary education at federal government college, Kwali, Abuja, Jim Iyke had his tertiary education at the University of Jos, where he bagged a B.Sc. in Philosophy, after having earlier bagged a diploma in Banking and Finance from the same University. Jim speaks English and Igbo fluently, and passable French. Jim loves to cycle, and has traveled around the world; he is an avid reader of almost every media, and loves to write poetry. He also mastered martial art, and has earned a Black Belt in Ti Quan Do.
Jim started his career as a Product Model in Lagos before he ventured into Nollywood in 2001.
He captured hearts across Africa and beyond especially Mine. He most of the time played the Bad boy role or the rich kid and other various notorious character roles which he was able to effortlessly interpret and make his own, earning him the tag of “Nollywood Bad Boy”.
Currently, he is one of the highest paid actors in the Nollywood. He’s also one of the most successful, as he has featured in over 150 films to date.
He is not just an Actor but also a successful businessman.
In 2007 he created his own film production outfit which he named “Untamed Productions”. Its core niche is to write and develop scripts. In addition, the company also organizes fund raising forum shows and programs for the Jim Iyke foundation.
He also diversified into music production called “Untamed Records”. He launched his own very first album, titled “Who Am I?” in which he featured some of Nigeria’s most successful musicians such as Tuface Idibia, Sound Sultan, and so on. However, the greater part of the proceeds from this album was donated to orphanages.
Then also he has “Untamed Cars” where he we give your orders the personality that epitomizes your lifestyle and taste. Also SPACE BOUTIQUE an online shopping of a unique brand for the discerning young man and woman. Jim Iyke is launching JI Untamed Fitted t shirts, boxers, jeans, sneakers for fashion-forward male. In addition, we have UNTAMED Girls and Boys shorts, and T-shirts.
Outside Nollywood, Iyke is generally regarded as a fashion Icon, and one of the best dressed African celebrity. His avant-garde and unconventional sense of style and individuality has endeared him to millions of fans across the continent, and even more in the Diaspora.
His business interest spans through Oil & Gas transportation, an up-scale special clientele Automobile dealership, named Untamed Cars, as well as Real estate investments, Event Management, and a number of brand endorsement deals with one of the prominent telecoms company, Globalcom.
Other than being a professional film actor, producer, musician, and businessperson, Jim Iyke is a philanthropist . Iyke is the founder of a nonprofit organization called the Jim Iyke Foundation, and a pioneer in the movement for better education, well-being for the less privileged children in Africa. The foundation, which is generally considered as the most successful independently-run celebrity foundation in Nigeria, is constantly creating forums and organizing walks, symposia, and musical/comedy shows, to highlight the health and state of being of the children of Africa to the world. Several of these shows and campaigns were organized in Ghana, Liberia, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos. The Foundation in conjunction with Pepsi, Nikon Hilton Hotel, and Indomie Noodles recently organized a 6000 children walk in Abuja against poverty, and child illiteracy in Nigeria.
So far, Jim Iyke has won many awards in Nollywood. He’s a three-time winner of the Teenage Choice Award. He has also won the Best Actor in Nigerian Entertainment Award. His other awards include African Achievement Award, Best Actor of the Year,(Mode Men Award 2010), Se*iest Man in Nigeria (2008), and the Best African Actor (NET Awards).
African Hollywood award, and also the Best Actor of the year at the Mode Men Award ceremony in 2010.
His latest relationship is with Ghanaian Actress , Nadia Buari they both have confirmed that they are dating. The two took to twitter to profess their love.
Nadia tweeted: “There comes a point in ur life wen u realise who really matters, who never did and who always will. I named him Skittles, he calls me space.”
Shortly after, Jim Iyke followed with this tweet: “She calls me Skittles. I named her space, D gift of laughter, companionship n trust is incomparable. BFF. Love is a f***ink beautiful thang!”
On 21 October Iyke hosted the Golden Icons African Movies Awards ceremony (GIAMA) in Houston Texas as the announcement was being made of a one-year reality television series JIM IYKE UNSCRIPTED, jointly sponsored by Africa Magic and Oh Africa TV.
- Confirmed: Jim Iyke, Nadia Buari now dating! (vanguardngr.com)
- Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari Confirm their Enamored Relationship (glitzghana.com)
- Jim Iyke Talks About His Relationship With Nadia Buari (buddiehits.wordpress.com)