Iya Rainbow popularly is a Nigerian veteran actress.
Full Name: Idowu Philips
Born: 16 October 1942
Birth place: Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Spouse: Hubert Ogunde (m. 1960–1990)
Also known as: Mama Rainbow
Parents: Prophet Jacob Adebanjo Ifemade
Famous as: Nurse, film actress
Years active: 1965-present
Early childhood and career
She was born on 16 October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, a city in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. 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.
She worked as a certified nurse in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre.
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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.
She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje ni iya mi among others. She has five children.