Iya Rainbow Biography (Films, Award, Net worth)

Iya Rainbow Biography

Idowu Philips popularly known as Iya Rainbow is a Nigerian veteran actress and healthcare assistant, a certified nurse, movie director, producer….

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Iya Rainbow Biography

Iya Rainbow was born on 16th of October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, in Ogun State. She got her stage name “Iya Rainbow” meaning “Osumare” in Yoruba from the name of the theatre group of Sir Hubert Ogunde, who died in 1990. She 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 school.  Later on, she graduated as a certified nurse and practiced nursing for 20 years, worked as a healthcare assistant in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre.

She went fully into acting after the demise of her husband, Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips , who worked closely with the late patriarch of Nigerian Film Industry Sir Herbert Ogunde. She was 45 years as at that time. She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje ni iya mi among others.

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.

Iya Rainbow Biography


  • 1990- Yemi my Lover
  • 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

Awards and endorsements

  • She is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the City People Entertainment Awards.
  • She has earned several endorsements from various brands such as Airtel.

Personal life

She got married to Augustine Ayanfemi Philips in 1960 but became a widow in 1986. Her husband, Augustine worked closely with the late patriarch of the Nigerian Film Industry, Sir Hubert Ogunde.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.

Iya Rainbow Biography

Net worth

All these ventures have helped in raising her net worth. She is estimated to be worth $500,000 as of 2020.

Social media handle

Instagram: @MamaRainbowOfficial

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