By Benjamin Njoku
Nollywood bad boy, Jim Iyke is one hunk of a man who hardly go into hiding no matter the situation he finds himself. But in recent times, the actor may have yielded to pressure from all quarters and decided to withdraw into his shell to rebrand and shame his haters. In fact, since he came into limelight in 2001, featuring in over 200 films, Jim Iyke has always been in the news either for the right or wrong reasons.
The last that was heard of him was when he featured in actress Joselyn Dumas’ programme on Africa Magic last year. During the programme, the controversial actor gave the number of women he has kissed on set as 200, and went ahead to explain why he started his reality show, “Jim Iyke Unscripted” featuring himself and his ex-girlfriend and now, mother of twins, Nadia Buari. Jim’s name is synonymous with controversy, and that’s one attribute his fans are missing about him. Recall that last year , before he finally disappeared into thin air, a PR Manager, simply known as Baudex, accused Jim Iyke of not paying for the services he rendered to the actor.
The said Baudex who claimed to be the actor’s social media PR Manager, alleged that the actor owed him some amount of money which he has refused to pay since last year, stating that the actor decided to block him on his social media applications because he had been calling him to ask for the balance of his money.
The allegation was one of the many controversies that have trailed Jim Iyke’s acting career. It has equally endeared him to many admirers. Then, it was one trouble or the other. But the one that hit him most was the case of the daughter of a Lagos-based business man who claimed that Jim Iyke impregnated her.
Her pregnancy became a subject of controversy, even after the father made the lady confess who was responsible for the pregnancy, she still claimed she had been having a secret affair with Jim Iyke. But despite all the controversies, Jim Iyke was still respected and admired by many as one of the most sought after actors in Nollywood. It’s unfortunate that in recent times, he has gone underground to have his peace.