By Benjamin Njoku
The million deals Just few weeks after grabbing and headlining the Globa comâ€™s mega deal for some top NollywoodÂ stars, stylish actor, Jim Iyke is on the verge of sealing another multi million Naira deal with Oceanic Bank. This we exclusively gathered.
According to an insider, whoâ€™s also a close confidante of the Anambra State born international star, aside the N50 million that Glo recently paid him for two years endorsement, he also got another N20 million sign on fee from the marketer of his forthcoming music album entitled: Who am I?
Interestingly, Jim Iyke also revealed few days back how he would soon be signing anotherÂ multi million Naira partnership deal with Oceanic Bank plc, for his forthcoming nationwide hunt: Supreme Talent.
â€œWeâ€™ve gone far with discussions with Oceanic Bank, on this project. The overall winner will get a two-movie contract deal from me, and also receive a N5million upfront recording deal with Untamed Records, which is my own outfit. The lucky person will also go home with a brand new car and would have opportunity to shoot a multi million Naira video in the US and UK.
Several other mouth watering prizes await all the runners upâ€, Iyke, who just breezed in from the US, revealed.
Continuing, the actor-turned- singer, whose 12- track album featured, Tuface Idibia, Sound Sultan, Yinka Davies and a few other foreign acts, further disclosed that the promo single of Who am I?, alongside the scintillating video, has been dominating the national and international airwaves, since it was dropped a couple of weeks ago.
â€œThe full album will be out soon. It was recently launched in Ghana. We also had an elaborate album signing ceremony at the Silverbird, in Ghana, with over 3000 of my fans in attendance. The event was rounded off with an all night show, sponsored by TV Africa, Ghana. Iâ€™m currently on set shooting the videos of Born To Do This and Ikenna, which featured, Slow Dog.
In fact, we just returned from South Africa where we completed the video of the former. Wudi directed, while Puffy T produced. Iyke Onwuka, the London based boss of Marginal Records, is in charge of the internet distributions and sales of my album. He paid me handsomely for thatâ€.
Unarguably, Iyke is one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in Nollywood. He recently pocketed N5millionÂ for his role in the first ever comic strip action movie from Nollywood.
The highly creative work of art, he told HVP would soon be premiered within and outside our shores.
Aside playing big in the entertainment industry, the still single entertainer, whose real names are: James Ikechukwu Esomugha, is gradually making an in road into the nationâ€™s money-spinning oil and gas sector as well as the auto industry.
He recently set up Jimke oil and gas with some of his equally rich pals, and now imports exotic cars for sales and pleasure cruising from the US.
â€œMy 2009 Cadillac Escalade, a customised SUV, will be arriving from the States, in the next couple of weeks. I buy cars for pleasure as well as business. Globally, super stars diversify, and that is what I am doing now, cos I know the show and business sides of showbiz.â€
Iyke, further reacted angrily to a false story on the Internet alleging that he was beaten up, arrested and detained by the police on the orders of a female film producer, whom he had a disagreement with on set, while lensing in Ado Ekiti.
â€œNothing of such happened. I do not know where they fabricated the unjust story from.Â I was only delayed on that set and I threatened to leave. Because I was travelling to the US. But when our national president, Mr. Ejike Asiegbu, intervened, I had to stay back and quickly completed my remaining scenes.
To have turned the story round, the originators are liars and would soon be hearing from my team of lawyers. Even another ungodly story in one of the soft sell magazines, alleging that I was beaten in Ghana, was a figment of the writerâ€™s imagination. My lawyers have also written them. All these are false stories aimed at bringing me and my exemplary career into disrepute. But they will never succeed.â€
His love with Keturah HamiltonOn his love life, theÂ handsome entertainer confirmed that heâ€™s currently in a whirlwind romance with Keturah Hamilton, a top US model, with Jamaican and Cuban backgrounds.
The damsel currently twanging Iykeâ€™s heart like a Spanish guitar, HVP further gathered is also a music video model/dancer and the reigning face of Puff Daddyâ€™s mineral water and several other endorsements.
You would recall that few months ago, HVP broke the news of Jim Iykeâ€™s freshening romance with Keturah, and how the lovebirds have planned to take their marital vows soonest.