Veteran Actress Iya Rainbow clocks 80

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Veteran Nollywood Actress. idowu Philips aka Iya Rainbow is indeed a happy woman on this day as she clocks 80years old.

Born on 16 October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. She attended African Methodist School and Anglican Modern School for her primary and secondary education. 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.

Idowu Philips worked as a healthcare assistant in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre.

She later 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). Idowu has five children.

Sharing beautiful pictures on her Instagram handle, @mamarainbowofficial, she wrote in part: ” I am plus1 today…Glory to God.I pray the Lord increases me in success and inspiration so I can lead a better life than ever”
Expectedly, torrents of congratulatory messages have been pouring in for the thespian from her colleagues, family and friends on attaining this milestone age

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