Idowu Philips (Iya Rainbow) biography: age, husband, net worth

Idowu Philips (Iya Rainbow) biography: age, husband, net worth

Idowu Philips, popularly known as Iya Rainbow, is a veteran Nigerian nurse, actress, movie producer, and director. Her acting career debuted in the 1990s.

Idowu Philips
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Idowu got her stage name, Iya Rainbow, from Sir Hubert Ogunde's theatre group. The name originates from Osumare which means Rainbow. Sir Hebert worked closely with Idowu's husband before he passed away.

Idowu Philips profile summary

  • Full name: Idowu Philips
  • Date of birth: 16th October 1942
  • Place of birth: Ijebu Ode, Ogun State
  • Idowu Philips age: 78 years (as of 2020)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Marital status: Widowed
  • Spouse: Late Augustine Ayanfemi Philips
  • Profession: Actress, director, producer, nurse
  • Net worth: $500, 000

Idowu Philips biography

Idowu was born on 16th October 1942 in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State. What is Iya Rainbow age? The actress is 78 years old as of 2020. She is the daughter of Prophet Jacob Adebanjo Ifemade and Mrs Ifemade.

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She has not publicly revealed anything about her childhood and siblings.

Iya Rainbow studied at Ijebu Ode Ogun State for both her primary and secondary school education. After completing her high school education, she enrolled in a nursing course. Later on, she graduated as a certified nurse and practised nursing for 20 years.


mama rainbow
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Source: UGC

Idowu worked as a certified nurse in various general hospitals in Nigeria for 20 years. She would occasionally act in the theatre while still a nurse.

After the death of her husband, she quit nursing and ventured into full-time acting. What was Iya Rainbow age when she quit nursing? She was 45 years when she decided to quit acting and venture fully into acting.

Ever since then, she has taken part in several movies both in Yoruba and English. Some of these movies are:

  • 1997 - Back to Africa
  • 2000 - Lagidigba
  • 2002 - Jesu Mushin
  • 2002 - Irepodun
  • 2002 - Eyin Ogongo
  • 2003 - N150 Million
  • 2003 - Ìfé òtító
  • 2003 - Fila Daddy
  • 2003 - Arewa okunrin
  • 2003 - Omo Oku òrun
  • 2003 - Okun Ife
  • 2004 - Okun Ife 2
  • 2004 - Okan Soso
  • 2004 - Okan Soso 2
  • 2004 - Ògìdán
  • 2004 - Ògìdán 2
  • 2006 - Abeni
  • 2006 - Odun Baku
  • 2006 - Mewa n Sele
  • 2006 - Èebúdolá Tèmi
  • 2006 - Agbefo
  • 2006 - Agbefo 2
  • 2007 - Orita Ipinya
  • 2007 - Olugbare
  • 2007 - Olóri
  • 2007 - Maku
  • 2007 - Kootu Olohun
  • 2007 - Kilebi Olorun
  • 2008 - Taiwo Taiwo
  • 2008 - Taiwo Taiwo 2
  • 2008 - Itakun Ola
  • 2008 - Ìkúnlè Kèsán
  • 2008 - Ikilo Agba
  • 2008 - Igba Ewa
  • 2008 - Aje Metta
  • 2008 - Aje Metta 2
  • 2009 - Ìpèsè
  • 2009 - Ìdàmu Eléwòn
  • 2009 - Elewon
  • 2009 - Akoto Olokada
  • 2009 - Akoto Olokada 2
  • 2018 - Oga Bolaji
  • 2019 - Sugar Rush

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In 2017, Idowu traveled to Nigeria to feature in and guard a documentary shot by her son Femi Phillip. The documentary was about Mose Orimolade, the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim.

Idowu has been awarded for her excellent talent. She is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the City People Entertainment Awards.

Iya Rainbow
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Source: UGC

Idowu Philips husband and children

Idowu was married to Augustine Ayanfemi Philips. Augustine worked closely with the late patriarch of the Nigerian Film Industry, Sir Hubert Ogunde. The duo tied the knot in 1960 and stayed together until Augustine passed away in 1986.

The actress is blessed with five children. Among them are Sola Osborne and Femi Phillips who are in the film industry. After her husband passed away, she chose not to remarry and opted to focus on taking care of her kids.

Net worth

Mama Rainbow is a certified nurse, movie director, producer, and actress. She has earned several endorsements from various brands such as Airtel. All these ventures have helped in raising her net worth. She is estimated to be worth $500,000 as of 2020.

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Iya Rainbow is one of the highly respected Nollywood actresses with decades of experience. She is gifted in interpreting roles in movies and films and she does it brilliantly. Idowu Philips is still remembered for the roles she played long ago.

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The actress has featured in many television series and movies such as CollegeHumor Originals (2016), Hannah Montana (2007), and Stealing Pulp Fiction (2020).

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