The name Odukoya seems familiar, right? Many will be thinking of the late charismatic pastor and motivational speaker, Bimbo Odukoya. Well, there is another prominent one and his name is Jimmy Odukoya. If you are thinking that the villain in the Hollywood box office success, The Woman King, looks familiar, you are right. That villain was played by Jimmy Odukoya and we all can agree that he nailed that character wonderfully.
In Nigeria, Jimmy Odukoya has been performing for quite some time. However, his breakthrough role in The Woman King has propelled him to the forefront of Nigerian pop culture. Let’s learn more about the life of this multi-talented man, shall we?
Jimmy Odukoya Biography:
Jimmy Odukoya, whose given name is Oluwajimi Odukoya and who was born on April 27th, is a well-known actor, pastor, musician, relationship coach, and motivational speaker in Nigeria. Through the years, he has built a solid reputation as a leading actor in both Nigerian and international films, with an emphasis on those made in English. The role he played opposite John Boyega in the Hollywood smash hit “The Woman King” was a major turning point in his career as well.
|Real Name:||Jimmy Odukoya|
|Date of Birth:||April 27|
|Place Of Birth:||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Occupation:||Actor, Pastor, Musician|
Early Life and Education:
Jimmy Odukoya’s parents, Pastor Taiwo and Bimbo Odukoya, were both killed in the 2005 Sosoliso plane tragedy. Jimmy was born on April 27 in Lagos State, Nigeria. Two of his sisters are from his mother, who passed away, and two of his brothers are from his stepmother, Nomthi Odukoya, who passed away in 2010. Jimmy is the youngest of four siblings.
His early education was in Lagos State, Nigeria, and he went on to earn a BA in Business Administration (with an advertising minor) and an MBA in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States.
Jimmy Odukoya Height:
It has been speculated that Jimmy Odukoya’s height is around 5’11” (Five Feet, Eleven Inches).
As a young man, he became actively religious and began singing in a church choir. His faith and love for the church grew stronger as he got older. After finishing elementary school, he relocated to the United States, where he became heavily active in the Greenwood Christian Centre under Bishop Gary and Debie McIntosh while residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was instrumental in the development of the ministry’s B.I.O. college (Bring It On) and the growth of the church.
Jimmy was ordained as a minister in the early part of 2009. In the same year, he was ordained as a pastor at Fountain of Life Church, and upon his return in 2010, he was given the position of assistant pastor of Church, the church’s youth ministry.
Beginning his film career with Desmond Elliot’s “Baby Shower,” he quickly rose to stardom. Among the many films in which he has appeared are Lifting the Veil, Charmed, and Gyn. In The Woman King, a Netflix smash hit from 2022, he portrayed Oba Ade. John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’O, Thuso Mbedu, Jayme Lawson, Hero Fiennes, Tiffin, Masali Baduza, and the multi-Grammy-winning Angelique Kidjo will all co-star with him in the film.
Moyo Lawal, Elozonam, Omowunmi Dada, Adunni Ade, Ben Lugo Touitou, Keira Hewatch, Ireti Doyle, Bimbo Ademoye, and many others are among the actors he has collaborated with.
Jimmy Odukoya is the eldest son of Fountain of Life Church leaders Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and the late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya. His sibling count is at four. His mother, Bimbo, was a well-known televangelist, sought-after conference speaker, mentor to young, and marriage counselor. On December 10, 2005, she was a victim of the doomed Sosoliso airplane. His mom passed away from cancer in November 2021, and his dad remarried 10 years later to a woman named Nomthi Odukoya.
Jimmy weds Oluwakemi Folashade Banjoko, now known as Kemi Odukoya, on March 9, 2013, in London. She’s a London native with a degree in English literature. Pastor J’s wife Kemi is the executive director at FILM, and they have two children, a boy and a daughter.
A few hours after news of his stepmother Nomthi Odukoya’s passing was made public, Nollywood star Jimmy Odukoya posted something important to his social media timeline. Jimmy Odukoya acknowledged that the timing was inappropriate given his recent stepmother’s passing, but he nonetheless announced that he would be working on the Hollywood film “Woman King” alongside Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo, British-Nigerian John Boyega, and American actor and producer Viola Davis.
Jimmy Odukoya Movies:
In 2016, Odukoya made his debut in the Nigerian film industry. Some of the popular films in which he has appeared include:
- Lifting the veil
- The Bling Lagosians (2019)
- Tempted (2017)
- Oga Pastor
- Guyn Man
- Baby Palaver (2018)
- Crazy Grannies (2021)
- I am Nazzy (2022)
- The Woman King (2022)
The Woman King, in which he played the antagonist Oba Ade, is his most recent and best film. Oscar winner Viola Davies and John Boyega, a Nigerian-British actor, were also in the cast. Thuso Mbedu, Jayme Lawson, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Masali Baduza, and Angelique Kidjo, a Grammy Award winner for Best African Music Album, also star in the film.
Jimmy Odukoya Songs:
- Stand By Me
- Mr. Wonder
- Your Love
- My Way
- Oga Boss
Awards and Nominations:
Jimmy has been nominated for many awards, including:
- City People Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English).
- Scream Awards 2019 – Best New Actor
- Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2018 – Best Actor in a Comedy
- African Film Academy Awards 2018
Jimmy Odukoya Net Worth:
The exact amount of Jimmy Odukoya’s wealth is unknown. His estimated net worth, according to certain unreliable claims, ranges from N10 to N35 million.
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