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|Born||Joseph Ikwan Ejim|
Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
💵 Salary :
|Music, Ministry, Technology|
|Notable work||Kronikles, Crucified For The Truth , Closure|
|Style||R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Fussion, Gospel|
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Joseph Ikwan Ejim known professionally as Jay Ikwan is a Nigerian rapper, singer and preacher.  He is best known for eclectic [[contemporary] styles of music and his unorthodox Christian ministry.
Ikwan was born in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria to Prince Ikwan Ejim Akuma & Princess Chinyere Ikwan Ejim ( nee Patience Tamunoprinye Nne Cookey-Gam ). His origin is from Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. He is a descendant of His Royal Majesty Eze Chukwu Oke Ukpabi, the first King of Amogudu in Abiriba Ancient Kingdom of Abia State, Nigeria.
Jay's interest in music began as a teenager. After he was sent to live with his uncle at Eagle Island in Port Harcourt, he discovered his songwriting skill. He is a self-taught drummer, pianist and guitarist. In 2006, he partnered with an independent production group Blackworld Records to release an EP called "Kronikles" while working as the music director of several Christian ministries in Nigeria. In 2007, Ikwan started The Refiner's House International.
Jay Ikwan was licensed in 2007 as a Christian Minister and served as Lead Pastor of The Classic Life Centre in Aba before relocating to the United Kingdom. He has been actively involved in information technology, media and Christian ministry for over a decade.
Growing up in Nigeria, Jay was a child prodigy. It is rumoured that He picked up a guitar for the first time as a teenager after watching a neighbour play this so beautifully but didn't begin writing songs until his High School days. Starting out as a bass guitar player in 1999 but couldn’t play for too long because of his "soft fingers". Jay Ikwan found his voice in writing songs, and since then, music has become a personal calling that he hasn’t turned away from.
Jay's interest in being a singer/rapper began as a teenager. He got into trouble after disarming an opposition during a fight. This resulted in the opposition being hurt and out of fear of revenge, he moved out of the city of Aba to his Uncle's house at Eagle Island in Port Harcourt, During this time, He discovered his songwriting skill. In 2006, he partnered with an independent production group and hip-hop label Blackworld Records to release an EP called , Kronikles .
Jay moved to Southampton, United Kingdom in 2015 where he is currently based.
He has since transformed his love for the songwriting into a full-fledged hip-hop career. Jay’s early recordings include “Stunning Lady”, “Hip Dance” all from the Kronikles Album. In July 2018, he dropped the viral hit “Skittish”. This song became a local hit in his city of Southampton, United Kingdom and went on to give him recognition on a national scale. He was co-signed by London-based broadcaster & songwriter, Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 whose best songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To be Gay and War Baby. Tom Robinson has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katche.
In Tom's exact words " Jay Ikwan has a flow that is so smooth that I find the song "SKITTISH" irresistible !” "
After this co-sign, Jay Ikwan appeared on the BBC Music Introducing Mixtape 23 July 2018.
Ministry & Business
Joseph Ikwan Ejim was licensed in 2007 as a Christian Minister and served as a Lead Pastor and church planter before relocating to the United Kingdom. He has been actively involved in christian ministry since 1998. He is very vocal about his faith and his unorthodox approach to his faith have been frowned upon most times by some. He currently serves as the Global Pastor of LOVENation.
- The Awakening EP
- Olla Dem
- You Killed Me
- Crucified For The Truth EP
- Star Signs
- Got Em
- Jay Ikwan Official Website [https://www.jayikwan.com Jay Ikwan Official Website.
- The Refiner's House International. "Our Leadership Team"
- Jay Ikwan.com. "Jay Ikwan Official Website"
- British Broadcasting Corporation Artistes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/59bd4ad3-95a7-4bd9-b0f9-bdf54b6a4ad4 "- The BBC artist page for Jay Ikwan. Find the best clips, watch programmes, catch up on the news, and read the latest Jay Ikwan interviews.
- Nigerian Sounds. [http://nigeriansounds.com/2015/04/audio-jay-ikwan-olla-dem-featuring-risky-rhyme/ "Jay Ikwan drops a Brand new single Olla Dem, Aba, April 28, 2015.
- Kronikles Reloaded [https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kronikles/974986419 Kronikles "Kronikles Reloaded The Album, 31 March 2015.
- The Awakening EP [[https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-awakening/1325741251 The Awakening EP, December 22, 2017.
- BBC Radio 6 Music [[https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bbtkrk Jay Ikwan Skittish featured on The Tom Robinson Show, Sat 21 Jul 2018.
- Celebrities Of Abiriba Origin "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiriba".
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- Nigerian Sounds "http://nigeriansounds.com/2017/02/audio-jay-ikwan-make-you-smile/". Audio:- Jay Ikwan – Make You Smile
- Music Afric "http://musicafric.com/2017/02/15/nigeria-music-jay-ikwan-make-you-smile-jayikwan/". #Nigeria: Music: Jay Ikwan – Make You Smile February 15, 2017
- Dream Alive Ent "http://www.dreamaliveent.com/2017/01/music-jay-ikwan-you-killed-me-jayikwan.html". Jay Ikwan –You Killed Me
- Classical Prom "https://www.classicalpromo.com.ng/2017/02/classic-music-jay-ikwan-make-you-smile.html". Jay Ikwan – Make You Smile February 14, 2017
- Nigeria Worldwide "http://www.ngwide.ng/mp3-download/download-jay-ikwan-make-smile/". Jay Ikwan – Make You Smile February 14, 2017
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