"I was the guy that made 38 films in a year"

Jim Iyke speaks on his long absence from Nollywood, his 125 pairs of sunglasses and 200 pairs of shoes and sneakers .

At one point in the movie Industry , the name Jim Iyke was a force to reckon with. However, of recent the  talented actor has not been active in the industry as he has been busy with his different business ventures.

In a recent interview with Punch, the actor speaks on his absence from the Nollywood sector, his sense of style and other interesting topics.

On his Acting Career.

“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 wasn't 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,”

On Style

“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. I 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.

“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.”

Source: Punch

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