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|Born||Joseph Ikwan Ejim|
Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
|Known for||Music, Ministry, Technology|
|Notable work||Kronikles, The Awakening EP , Crucified For The Truth , Super Ways To Love Your Lady|
|Style||R&B, Pop, Hip-hop, Afrobeats, Fussion, Gospel|
Joseph Ikwan Ejim known professionally as Jay Ikwan pronounced Jay Iquan is a Nigerian singer, songwriter , rapper , entrepreneur and licensed Christian minister. He is best known for eclectic contemporary styles of music and his Christian ministry.
Early Years[edit | edit source]
Jay 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 and founder of Amogudu, Abiriba.
He attended Living Word Academy, All Saints Secondary School, Evangel Seminary in Aba, 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, During this time, He discovered his songwriting skill. He is a self-taught drummer, pianist and guitarist. In 2006, he partnered with an independent production group and hip-hop label Blackworld Records to release an EP called "Kronikles". After serving as music director and worship pastor at Transfiguration Church & Gospel Light House Community Church in Aba, Abia State, Ikwan started The Refiner's House International.
Jay Ikwan 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 information technology, media and christian ministry for over a decade.
Music Career[edit | edit source]
Upon his return from Eagle Island, Jay managed to form and become the lead singer of the Nigerian R&B Hiphop group "IMC". The group disbanded shortly and he started The Bone Squad which has given birth to notable artistes in the eastern part of Nigeria like Exnel and Mr.Razzy. [Jay has released 2 studio albums and 2 mixtapes. The first, Kronikles , was on 31 March 2015 following the singles "Nothing Can Change The Love", "Hip Dance", and "Stunning Lady". Jay moved to Southampton, United Kingdom in 2015 where he is currently based. The second EP, The Awakening, was released on December 22, 2017. Jay has also released a mix-tape, "Stronger" following the of the single "Olla Dem"] In 2018, Jay gained national recognition in the United Kingdom after the release of his single "Skittish" which is the lead single off his 2018 mixtape "Crucified For The Truth".
Ministry & Business[edit | edit source]
Joseph Ikwan Ejim was licensed in 2007 as a Christian Minister at Gospel Light House Inc in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria 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.
Since 2009, Jay Ikwan has become a fixture of inspiration, hope and new life and serves as an inspirational example to men and women everywhere. He has turned his humble beginnings into an inspirational and philanthropic movement . Educating, equipping and empowering people from all walks of life. Fuelled by a passion for character building, life coaching and spiritual rejuvenation, Jay Ikwan merges spirituality with the practicality of everyday life. His candid and revealing approach has engaged followers worldwide provoking them to pursue a lifestyle of integrity, success and happiness. Wherever Jay Ikwan goes, he exhorts, encourages and empowers his listeners to reach their full potential in their personal, entrepreneurial and spiritual lives.
Discography[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- 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".
- Music of Nigeria "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Nigeria". Reggae and Hiphop
- 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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