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Who is Jay Ikwan ?

Joseph Ikwan Ejim (known professionally as Jay Ikwan (pronounced Jay Iquan) is a Southampton based Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur and minister.

He is best known for eclectic contemporary styles of music and his ministry.

Jay has released 2 studio albums and one mixtape. The first, Kronikles , was on 31 March 2015 following the successful singles "Nothing Can Change The Love", "Hip Dance", and "Stunning Lady".  The second solo album, The Awakening, was released on December 22, 2017. Jay has also released a mixtape, "Stronger" following the success of the single "Olla Dem"

Jay's musical style is experimental, an urban contemporary sound with a mix of r'n'b, hip-hop, pop, afrobeats and gospel.

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. He is also a Fullsail Alumni. Jay Ikwan was licensed in 2007 as a Christian Minister . He served as a Lead Pastor and church planter before relocating to the United Kingdom. He has been actively involved in information technology, the music industry, and Christian ministry for over a decade.

Jay's interest in music began at age 14 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, guitarist and plays the saxophone. In 2006, he partnered with an independent production group and hip-hop label Blackworld Records to release an EP called "Kronikles".

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 one mixtape. The first, Kronikles , was on 31 March 2015 following the successful singles "Nothing Can Change The Love", "Hip Dance", and "Stunning Lady".  The second EP, The Awakening, was released on December 22, 2017. Jay has also released a mix-tape, "Stronger" following the success of the single "Olla Dem"]

Jay moved to Southampton, United Kingdom in 2015 where he is currently based.

A revered mastermind, leveraging his pioneering vision and instinct to serve people in all areas of life.  In order to raise a people of class in competence, character and divine presence, you have to move beyond the norm and break into areas others wont. It is with this earnest approach that Ikwan has been able to reach people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, nationalities, and creeds. Music, Social Media, Digital media among others, have been instrumental in helping Jay Ikwan meet the physical and spiritual needs of countless individuals.

As a visionary leader, Jay Ikwan encourages you to live a life of class.


For more than a decade, Jay Ikwan has helped people live a life of class in competence, character and in divine presence through his dynamic ministry. He is the Founder of The Refiner's House International , a non denominational Christian Ministry, multicultural church family and global humanitarian organisation headquartered in England, United Kingdom.

Jay Ikwan is an Apostle of Jesus Christ with uncommon insight into the gospel. His teaching ministry is unique. Delivering the word with simplicity, revelatory knowledge and undeniable impact, his messages fuse a unique blend of the factual, personal revelations, convictions with time-tested facts unearthed by years of study and relationship with God. He has often been nicknamed the "Apostle Paul" of the present age by few in the christian community.

Charismatic Influencer

As an International Christian Leader who has served in the Christian community right from his teenage years , He has been involved in Social Development, Cultural Transformation, Christian Ministry, Media, Education and Government; bringing order, purpose and vision to People that he has been opportune to associate and work with.

Fuelled by a passion for excellence, character building, blissful relationships and spiritual rejuvenation. I merge spirituality with the practicality of everyday life. My candid and revealing approach has engaged followers worldwide provoking them to pursue a lifestyle of integrity, success and happiness. Wherever I go, I exhort, encourage and empower my listeners to reach their full potential in their personal, entrepreneurial and spiritual lives.

Jay Ikwan is a tenacious and charismatic individual who brings an inspiring and cutting edge approach to Life as he proclaims a message of Hope, Destiny Fulfillment, Love and Bliss through his Music, Lifestyle and Messages.

Devoted Father

Jay Ikwan is father to three beautiful  children, including Joseph Ikwan II, Wonder Joseph Ikwan and Arwen Chinyere Joseph Ikwan.

Fathers play an important role in shaping the society and if the foundation of the family is solid, every other thing will fall into place. We live in a fatherless generation where there are many Daddies and very little fathers. This is why Jay uses his life as a model example of how fathers should fight for their children, live for their children, lead their children and be a model example of class, integrity and competence to their children.