Philips Idowu

Philips Idowu

A veteran Nigerian actress

16 October 1942

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Idowu Philips's journey into the world of acting started after the passing of her husband, Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips, who worked closely with the late Sir Hubert Ogunde, a pioneer of the Nigerian film industry. Born on October 16, 1942, in Ijebu Ode, a city in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria, Iya Rainbow's career spans several decades. Prior to pursuing acting full-time, Iya Rainbow worked as a healthcare assistant in general hospitals across Nigeria while occasionally performing in theater productions. Her talent and passion for acting eventually led her to embrace a career on the stage and screen.

09 July 2023

The Origin of "Iya Rainbow"

The moniker "Iya Rainbow" originated from her association with the theater group called "Osumare," founded by the legendary Sir Hubert Ogunde. The name "Osumare" means "rainbow" in British English, and it became the inspiration for her stage name. Over the years, Iya Rainbow's stage name has become more popular than her given name, Idowu Philips, among her fans and Nollywood enthusiasts.

10 July 2023

Contributions to Nigerian Cinema

Iya Rainbow has appeared in numerous Nigerian films, showcasing her talent and versatility as an actress. Some notable works include "Apaadi," "Eru," "Aje ni iya mi," and many others. Her filmography reflects her dedication to both English and Yoruba language films, earning her a prominent place in the Yoruba movie industry and Nollywood as a whole.

12 July 2023

Personal Life and Legacy

Apart from her artistic achievements, Iya Rainbow is known for her personal qualities and the impact she has made as a mother, role model, and influential figure. Despite her age, she exudes grace and elegance, captivating audiences with her timeless beauty. Idowu Philips is the mother of five children, whom she raised single-handedly after the passing of her husband. Her eldest son, Femi, has followed in his parents' footsteps and is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

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