Osas Ighodaro (Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro); (born October 26, 1990) is a Nigerian American actress, producer, host and humanitarian. She won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010, and founded the Joyful Joy Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to fight malaria.[1][2] Osas emerged as the highest-grossing Nollywood actress of 2018,[3] and was awarded Best Actress in a Drama consecutively at the 2022 and 2023 AMVCA for her roles in Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story[4] and Man of God, [5] respectively.

Osas Ighodaro
Ighodaro at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos (2014)
Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro

(1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 33)
New York City, United States
Alma mater
  • Actress
  • host
  • humanitarian
  • producer
Years active2003–present
(m. 2015⁠–⁠2019)
AwardsSee below
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and background edit

Osas Ighodaro was born and raised in Bronx, New York, United States, to Nigerian parents from Edo State. She obtained her first degree in Broadcast Journalism with dual minor degrees 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 is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is the founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation[6][7] a non-profit organization which raises awareness and funds to fight Malaria. She is also the founder of Imuetinyan Productions - a film/TV production company whose mission is to produce & develop inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining projects for a global audience.

Career edit

Osas Ighodaro began her professional acting career in New York City after graduating college. She performed in numerous theatre plays and indie films. She moved to Nigeria in 2012 with the intention of returning to the United States after six months, but secured various acting roles including Adanna in Tinsel and has remained in the country ever since.

Some of her film credits include Cadillac Records, The Smart Money Woman and Gbomo Gbomo Express. Her performance in both Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story and Man of God earned her the 'Best Actress in a Drama' awards at the 2022 & 2023 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, respectively.

She co-hosted The Headies 2023, The Headies 2022, 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and the family show 'Maltina Dance All'. She was listed as a top female celebrity of 2020.[8]

She is managed by longtime manager Chimdinma R. Maduforo [1].

Personal life edit

She married Gbenro Ajibade in June 2015.[9] They had their first child in 2016. They divorced shortly after.[10]

Filmography edit

Osas Ighodaro, Vimbai Mutinhiri and IK Osakioduwa hosting the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Killa Season Shinae Video
Hookers in Revolt Delilah Video
My African Uncle - Short
2007 Luggage Sade's sister (singing voice) Short
2008 Across a Bloodied Ocean Nafisa Short
Cadillac Records Maid
Jewslim Rochelle Whitman
2009 Notorious Party Girl
Park Sharks Neglected Girlfriend
2010 Computer Love Chastity
The Tested Sheena
2011 Computer Love Chastity
He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy Donna Video
Psa 64 Woman Scorned 64 Short
2015 The Department Tolu Okoye [11]
Gbomo Gbomo Express Cassandra
Where Children Play Nia
2016 Entreat Margaret
Put a Ring on it Eki
2017 Idahosa Trails Osamuede
Little Drops of Happy Mano Ojo
Wurukum Roundabout -
Countdown Helen
White Pickett Fence Brenda Caldwell Short
2018 New Money Angela Nwachukwu
A Rose for Freddy Kemi
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Chidinma
We Don’t Live Here Anymore Leslie
King of Boys Sade Bello
2019 My Mfon - an election day story Sola Bassey Short
Bling Lagosians Demidun
Your Excellency Candy
2020 Kenim O Presents: A Second Husband Tope Short
Double Strings Detective Isoken
Mama Drama Mena
Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story Amara
Ratnik Sarah Bello
2021 Namaste Wahala Preemo [12]
Mamba's Diamond Eloho
Keeping Promise Teni
Bad Comments Hilda
The Ghost and the Tout Too Amoke
Who Lived at Number 6 Dimma
2022 Man of God Teju [13][14]
Knee Down Ese [15]
Single Not Searching Kai [16][17]
Conversations in Transit Adeola [18][19]
2023 Love, Lust and Other Things Lydia Danjuma [20][21]
3 Cold Dishes Esosa [22][23][24]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Conviction Desmond's Date Episode: "Breakup"
2007 Law & Order Model Episode: "Bling"
2010 Meet the Browns Nurse Mileen Episode: "Meet the Unwelcome Back"
2012 12 Steps to Recovery Jellybean Episode: "Jellybean and Things"
Tinsel Adanna (Danni) Recurring cast: season 5
2013-14 Parallels Ruth Marshall Main cast
2013-15 Maltina Dance All Herself/host TV series
2018 EVE (Africa Magic) Sylvia TV series
2019 Shuga Sergeant Iyanu Main cast: season 7
2020 Assistant Madams Chioma Main cast
The Smart Money Woman[25] Zuri Main cast
2021 King of Boys: The Return of the King Sade Bello Recurring cast

Theatre edit

Year Title Role Company
2017 Fela & The Kalakuta Queens Malaika BAP Productions
2017 Wedding Blues Joke Lagos Theatre Festival
2016 Sarafina Mary Masumbuko AFRIFF
2014 For Colored Girls (Nigerian Adaptation) Lady in Purple Fly Time Productions
2011 Dolores (by Edward Allen Baker) Dolores Actors Studio Drama School
2010 Underground Queen Poetic Theatre Production
2008 Platanos Y Collard Greens Malady Between the Lines Productions
2006 Revenge of a King Afi NYC Fringe
2005 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Martha Pentecost August Wilson Play Festival
2005 The Colored Museum Lawanda / Model Citizen Bank Theatre
2005 Ladies Night at the Cotton Club Josephine Baker Loaves & Fish Repertory
2003 Shades of Black and Grey Mia PSU Union Theatre

Awards and nominations edit

Year Event Category Work Result Ref
2010 Miss Black USA Pageant Miss Black USA 2010 Won [26]
2014 ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - TV Tinsel Won [27]
2015 Green October La Mode Magazine Awards Humanitarian Award Joyful Joy Foundation Won [28]
ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year Polo Avenue; Konga.com Won [29]
Actress of the Year - Film The Department Nominated
2016 Golden Movie Awards Golden Supporting Actress ''Gbomo Gbomo Express Nominated [30]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Supporting Actress of The Year Won [31]
2021 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story Nominated [32]
Best Kiss in a Movie Nominated [33]
Her Network - Woman of the Year Awards Woman of the Year in Entertainment Won [34]
2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actress in A Drama Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story Won [35]
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Man of God Nominated [36]
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actress In A Drama, Movie Or TV Series Man of God Won [37][38]

See also edit

References edit

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