James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke (born 25 September 1976), is a Nigerian actor and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
Early life and education
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, then earned a diploma in Banking and Finance an a BSc in Philosophy from the University of Jos, Plateau State.
Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. As of October 2013, he was one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood, and he has appeared in more than 150 films.
He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007, and also has his own music record label, Untamed Records. His first album, titled Who Am I?, featured some of Nigeria’s top musicians, such as TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan.
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.
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