A typical version reads: “JUST IN!!! Nollywood Actor Jim Iyke converts to Islam. May the Almighty Allah protect and guide him among the righteous servant.”
It includes a photo of Iyke in traditional Muslim dress, holding a subḥah – a string of Islamic prayer beads.
Bit has Iyke really converted to Islam? We checked.
Rumour circulated by bloggers
On 2 June, Iyke posted a video on Instagram to debunk the rumour of his conversion. The caption reads: “Let me quietly address the elephant in the room and go back to what I do best. Thank you see you at work!”
In the video, Iyke says the claim began to do the rounds online after bloggers got hold of photos of him in a movie, shot in Ghana, based on religious fanaticism. One of the photos appears in the Facebook messages.
“Now while I want to unequivocally say that I respect all religions. I believe in one God but I have no intention now not ever to convert my faith,” he says.
“I respect all religions and I have no intention of ever converting my faith. I’m totally committed to my faith. I don’t understand why someone would do this but there is a certain line that cannot be crossed.”