Who is Jimmy Odukoya? Jimmy Odukoya is a multifaceted Nigerian figure known for his roles as an actor, gospel musician, motivational speaker, relationship coach, and clergyman, often affectionately referred to as “Pastor J.” He garnered recognition for his portrayal of Oba Ade in the 2022 movie “The Woman King,” alongside acclaimed actress Viola Davis.
Age: Jimmy Odukoya’s precise date of birth remains undisclosed to the public, but it is widely presumed that he is in his 30s. Based on past birthday wishes, it suggests that he was born on April 27.
Parents: He is the firstborn child of the late pastors Bimbo Odukoya and Taiwo Odukoya. Tragically, his mother, Bimbo, lost her life in the Sosoliso plane crash in December 2005, along with 102 others. Jimmy’s father, Taiwo Odukoya, the founder of the Fountain of Life Church, also passed away in August 2023.
Tribe: Jimmy Odukoya, due to his father’s place of birth, is associated with Kaduna State but was born in Lagos State. The Odukoya name is synonymous with the Yoruba tribe, primarily residing in the southwestern region of Nigeria.
Education: Jimmy Odukoya pursued his higher education in the United States, where he studied Business Administration with a minor in Advertising at Oral Roberts University, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Marriage: Pastor Jimmy Odukoya is married to Oluwakemi Folashade Banjoko, now known as Kemi Odukoya. Their wedding took place in London on March 9, 2013. The couple has been blessed with two children, a son and a daughter.
Career: Despite being the only son of parents actively involved in ministry, Jimmy initially resisted the assumption that he would become a pastor. However, his calling to ministry emerged while he resided in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he actively participated in the local church, Greenwood Christian Center, under the leadership of Bishop Gary and Debbie McIntosh (now Transformation Church).
In 2009, he became a licensed Minister in the state of Oklahoma and was later ordained as a Pastor at the Fountain Of Life Church by his father, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya. Jimmy served as the Associate Pastor of Church 3:16, the youth expression of the Fountain of Life, before becoming the Coordinating Pastor in February 2012.
In May 2019, following his father’s mandate to reach a younger generation, Jimmy and Kemi established “The CAVE,” a space where individuals could explore God’s love and their life’s purpose without fear of judgment or restrictions.
Jimmy is known for his gifted teaching, and his sermons provide insightful and practical guidance for leading a spirit-filled life on earth. He possesses the gift of faith and prophecy and is deeply devoted to worship, relying on the Holy Spirit to minister to people.
Gospel Singer: Jimmy’s passion for performing arts, which he developed at a young age through singing, dancing, and acting in church, led him to pursue a career in gospel music. His music career officially began in 2010 when he returned to Nigeria and released his debut single, “Show Ya Self.” This single garnered multiple award nominations and marked his entry into Nigeria’s gospel music industry.
In 2011, he followed up with another single titled “Conqueror,” which further elevated his status in the gospel music scene. Although he took a brief hiatus in 2012 and 2013 to focus on ministry and family, Jimmy returned to music with the hit single “My Way,” featuring RnB artist Shaydee.
In 2014, he founded Firehouse Records, his media company, and continued to release inspirational music conveying messages of faith, hope, and love.
Actor: Jimmy embarked on his professional acting career in February 2016, receiving an opportunity from Desmond Elliot to feature in one of his projects. His acting career has taken him beyond Nigeria, with international projects in South Africa, Ghana, and the United Kingdom, expanding his global fan base.
Achievements and Awards: Jimmy Odukoya has received several nominations and awards throughout his career, including nominations for Best Rap/Hip-Hop at the Crystal Awards in 2013 and Best Actor in a Comedy Category at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2018.
Movies: Some of the movies featuring Jimmy Odukoya include “Baby Palaver” (2018), “Crazy Grannies” (2021), “I am Nazzy” (2022), “The Woman King” (2022), and “Man of her Match” (2021).
Net Worth: As of the available information, there is no public record of Jimmy Odukoya’s estimated net worth.
Controversy: Jimmy Odukoya’s appointment as the General Overseer of the Fountain of Life Church following his father’s passing in August 2023 was met with mixed reactions, sparking controversy among netizens.