“I have about 125 pairs of glasses and 200 sneakers”- Jim Iyke


In a recent interview with Punch, Jim Iyke talked
about his fashion sense, career and Nadia Buari.

“I have about 125 pairs of sunglasses. I think I own
about 200 pairs of shoes and sneakers and it is not
something to brag about. I like shoes and I collect
them. I get shoes that are much branded and are
limited edition. For, me it is not just about making a
fashion statement anymore, it is art,”

About his outfits:

“I am not brand crazy. The designer labels cost a
lot of money but there is a healthy competition;
which is why I find the fashion market very
interesting. have been to factories that make goods
for Gucci. These are people working on a smaller
scale and these are the ones I hire to make my
clothes and they give me what I want. However, I
always buy what I know I would look good in.”

Why he rarely acts Nollywood Movies

“When you arrive at the pinnacle of a career pursuit
where else do you go? I surmounted that apex long
in my prime. I was the guy that made 38 films in a
year! I had created the work-machine image and
inevitably also made myself socially redundant. I
couldn’t glean at the moment of my decision till late
what else that world had for me. It was a vicious
circle of constant, monotonous engagement.

“Nothing was challenging anymore. It (Nollywood)
was too easy, too perpetual, having travelled same
circles and faced same obstacles. I also earned
same bracket, produced and invested in the same
suffocating projects. The secret of the constantly
progressive individual is the ability to discern when
to shift focus and reinvent even if it’s temporarily. I
took all I had, the vast contacts I had gathered, and
moved into the world of business and facilitation,”

His relationship with Nadia,

She (Nadia) is a solid, down-to-earth woman. I’m a
man that translates variables in ways many people
find incomprehensible. We have embraced who we
are and learnt to create our own world and
expectations. We have ups and downs like every
other couple.

“We have our strength and weakness as well. At
the end of the day, rumours of break ups and
make-ups ought to abound. It really doesn’t matter.
A relationship is a continuous work. Those that give
up were perhaps not committed enough.
Those that go in for the long haul suck up and
square up to the variables life throws at them. The
people that judge harshly are obviously the ones
that live far from their desired lives. We just live the
best way we know how and leave the rest to the
author and finisher of all things.”

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