Veteran Nollywood actor and producer, Jim Iyke, says he is not looking to follow the unproductive path of many prominent actors and actresses who became bankrupt after a blistering acting career.
Speaking to Journalists in his Office in Abuja, the actor lamented that his colleagues suffer bankruptcy because they lack “financial literacy”.
He said his company – 6th Senses, is working to become a one-stop global housing solutions provider in Nigeria, adding that he is not new in the business, as his dad was a construction engineer.
“My dad was a construction engineer. I was born into it. My father handled many building projects in Garki, Abuja. I was used to site work as early as six years of age.
Disclosing that his company is currently undertaking a massive housing scheme in Ibadan, Oyo State, he said he has I’ve “diligently” trained himself “over time through symposiums, online classes”, and has “audaciously” come to understand the business. “For you to thrive, there must be something you are doing that others are not,” he added.
On the operations of his company, he said, “We stand in the middle as a developer of sorts where we can approach other developers, talk to investors in the business to say, listen, you don’t have to use your resources to set up a marketing sales department, which is ostentatiously expensive, we run a firm that has your interest.
“I know what I’m doing. The reason that I didn’t come out very strongly in the beginning, was because I was going through the phase of preparation. I don’t believe in just coming out of the blues, making claims to an endeavor that requires a very high standard of professionalism.
“So, I thought, let me go through the step by step process. I didn’t give myself any breakout in commerce, if there was any slack, I understood the nuances of what was needed, and put myself on the space and trained myself properly. I had the right people to mentor me. The owner of Prince and Princess for instance, as the owner of Good Homes, has been a mentor and big brother, and is also one that I’ve done business with.
“So a lot of people don’t even understand that I’ve been gone through, you know. I took him on as a mentor. He showed me the ropes. I strongly refused to come in the forefront and establish myself until I felt I was reading. So to that end, that’s part of what we do”.