Osas Ighodaro

Osas Ighodaro (born Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro; 26 October) is a Nigerian American actress, producer, host and humanitarian. She won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010 and founded The Joyful Joy Foundation, raising funds and awareness towards the fight against Malaria.[2][3] Additionally, she co-hosted the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She played the role of Adanna (Danni) on the soap opera Tinsel, and won Best TV Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards.[4][5] Osas emerged highest grossing Nollywood actress of 2018. [6]

Osas Ighodaro
Osas Ighodaro.jpg
Ighodaro co-hosting the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos (2014)
Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro

October 26th
Alma mater
  • Actress
  • Host
  • Humanitarian
  • Producer
Years active2005–present
m. 2015⁠–⁠2019)
WebsiteOfficial website


Ighodaro was born in Bronx, New York, United States, to Nigerian parents from Edo State. She obtained her first degree in broadcasting journalism with dual minors in entrepreneurship and theater from Pennsylvania State University. She further obtained a master's degree in fine arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She moved to Nigeria in 2012 with plans to spend just six months and return to the United States; she however got other jobs, along with Tinsel and hasn't moved back since then. She hosted the Maltina Dance All Reality show.[7][8] She is the founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation[9][10] and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

She and Folu Storms joined MTV Shuga for series four in October 2019.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Gbenro Ajibade in June 2015.[12] They had their first child in 2016. They divorced shortly after[13]



Year Title Role
2020 Namaste Wahala[14] Preemo
2020 Bad Comments Hilda
2020 Mama Drama Mena
2020 Ratnik Sarah Bello
2019 Your Excellency (film) Candy
2019 Bling Lagosians Demidun
2018 King of Boys Sade Bello
2018 Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Chidinma
2018 New Money (2018 film) Angela Nwachukwu
2016 A Walk in the Wind Mary
2016 Entreat Margaret
2016 Put a Ring on it Eki
2015 Gbomo Gbomo Express Cassandra
2015 Where Children Play Nia
2015 The Department Tolu [15]
2011 Restless City Adinike
2009 The Tested Sheena
2008 Cadillac Records Maid
2008 Across a Bloodied Ocean Nafisa
2006 Killa Season (film) Shinae


Year Title Role
2020 Smart Money Woman TV series Zuri
2020 Assistant Madams Chioma
2019 MTV Shuga Sergeant Alice Iyanu
2018 EVE (Africa Magic) Sylvia
2013-2015 Maltina Dance All Host
2012-2014 Tinsel Adanna
2013 Parallels - The Webseries Ruth
2012 12 Steps to Recovery Jellybean
2010 Meet the Browns Nurse Mileen
2006 Conviction Girlfriend


  • Fela & the Kalakuta Queens
  • For Coloured Girls (Nigerian adaptation)
  • Underground
  • Dolores
  • He Said, She Said
  • How Sweet
  • Platanos Y Collard Greens
  • Revenge of a King
  • Joe Turners Come and Gone
  • Coloured Museum

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Category Work Result
2010 Miss Black USA Pageant Miss Black USA 2010[16] Won
2014 ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - TV[17] Tinsel Won
2015 Green October La Mode Magazine Awards Humanitarian Award[18] Joyful Joy Foundation Won
2015 ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year[19] Polo Avenue; Konga.com Won
Actress of the Year - Film The Department Nominated
2016 Golden Movie Awards Golden Supporting Actress[20] Gbomo Gbomo Express Nominated
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Supporting Actress of The Year[21] Gbomo Gbomo Express Won


  1. ^ "Osas Ighodaro tells you what THEY made her do on The SpOt". EbonyLife TV. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Miss Black Connecticut Crowned Miss Black USA 2010 in the nations capitol". PrNewswire.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Malaria Deadly Toll". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Its Ok to Come Back Home: From New York to Lagos Tinsel actress Osas Ighodaro is spreading her wings". bellanaija.com. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Trending with Osas". nollywoodexpress.com. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. ^ {{cite web | url=https://sodasandpopcorn.com/osas-ighodaro-nollywood-2018/
  7. ^ "Osas replaces Kemi Adetiba as host of Maltina Dance All Show". thenet.ng. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Fashion should be on Point - Osas Ighodaro". punchng.com. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Osas Ighodaro Ajibade". Huffington Post.com. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Malaria Deadly Toll / Osas Ighodaro Ajibade". Huffington Post.com. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Tobi Bakre, Osas Ighodaro, Folu Storms grace MTV Shuga Season". Vanguard News. 2019-10-26. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  12. ^ Adebayo, Tireni (2018-11-01). "Gbenro Ajibade & Osas Ighodaro go separate ways as marriage hits the rock". Kemi Filani News. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  13. ^ "Gbenro Ajibade calls out wife, Osas Ighodaro on Instagram over neglect of their child". www.pulse.ng. 2019-02-17. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  14. ^ http://www.CNN.com/2020/02/24/Africa/nollywood-and-bollywood-namaste-wahala/index.html
  15. ^ "Watch Osas Ighodaro, OC Ukeje, Majid Michel in trailer". ThePulse.ng. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  16. ^ "2010 Miss Black USA Crowned". News.cn. Wang Guanqun. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  17. ^ "Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa, Mo'Cheddah, DJ Cuppy, Others Nominated". Pulse Nigeria. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Green October 2Face, Tony Elumelu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, others recognized at humanitarian/fashion show". pulse.ng. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Osas Ighodaro Emerges Brand Ambassador of the Year at ELOY Awards". thenet.ng. Kayode Badmus. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Full List of nominees for 2016 Golden Movie Awards Africa". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Nollywood Actress Osas Ighodaro Ajibade wins Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 NEA Awards". African Hub Naija. Ngozi Ann. Retrieved 5 September 2016.

External linksEdit