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Idowu Philips (born 16 October 1942), popularly known as Iya Rainbow, is a Nigerian veteran actress .[2][3]

Idowu Philips
Born16 October 1942 (1942-10-16) (age 76)
NationalityNigerian
Other namesIya Rainbow
CitizenshipNigerian
OccupationNurse, film actress
Years active1965-present
Children5[1]

Early life and careerEdit

She was born on 16 October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, a city in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria.[4] Her stage name "Iya Rainbow" stems from "Osumare" (meaning "rainbow" in British English), the name of the theatre group of Sir Hubert Ogunde, who died in 1990.[5] She worked as a certified nurse in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre. She ventured into full-time acting after the death of her husband - Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips (who worked closely with the late patriarch of Nigerian Film Industry Sir Herbert Ogunde. [1] She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje ni iya mi among others.[6] She has five children.[1]

FilmographyEdit

  • 1997- Back to Africa
  • 2000- Lagidigba
  • 2002- Jesu Mushin
  • 2002- Irepodun
  • 2002- Eyin Ogongo
  • 2003- N150 Million
  • 2003- Ìfé òtító
  • 2003- Fila Daddy
  • 2003- Arewa okunrin
  • 2003- Omo oku òrun
  • 2003- Okun ife
  • 2004- Okun ife 2
  • 2004- Okan soso
  • 2004- Okan soso 2
  • 2004- Ògìdán
  • 2004- Ògìdán 2
  • 2006- Abeni
  • 2006- Odun baku
  • 2006- Mewa n sele
  • 2006- Èebúdolá tèmi
  • 2006- Agbefo
  • 2006- Agbefo 2
  • 2007- Orita Ipinya
  • 2007- Olugbare
  • 2007- Olóri
  • 2007- Maku
  • 2007- Kootu olohun
  • 2007- Kilebi olorun
  • 2008- Taiwo Taiwo
  • 2008- Taiwo Taiwo 2
  • 2008- Itakun ola
  • 2008- Ìkúnlè kèsán
  • 2008- Ikilo agba
  • 2008- Igba ewa
  • 2008- Aje metta
  • 2008- Aje metta 2
  • 2009- Ìpèsè
  • 2009- Ìdàmu eléwòn
  • 2009- Elewon
  • 2009- Akoto olokada
  • 2009- Akoto olokada 2
  • 2018- Oga Bolaji

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Idowu Phillips, Mama Rainbow, Biography, Profile and Life History". NaijaGists. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ "My late husband's friend wanted sex-Iya Rainbow". The Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Veteran actress, Iya Rainbow celebrates 75th birthday and 50 years acting career". The Vanguard. November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "My father was a prophet –Iya Rainbow". Daily Independent, Nigerian Newspaper. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Veteran actress IYA RAINBOW unveils what she wants to leave for posterity". Encomium Magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Suitors ran away when they saw my children –Iya Rainbow". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Retrieved 20 January 2015.