Hurrayy!!! The ever radiant veteran Nollywood actress, Madam Idowu Phillips a.k.a Iya Rainbow is a year older today, as she clocks 75.

Iya Rainbow as she is widely known, was born on 16 October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, 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 her late husband, 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. She ventured into full-time acting after the death of her husband.

Iya Rainbow has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje ni iya mi among others. She is blessed with five children.

The wife of the brilliant playwright, late Hubert Ogunde recently quit acting for full time pastoral work on the instruction of her maker.

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