Idowu Philips (born 16 October 1942), popularly known as Iya Rainbow, is a Nigerian veteran actress. 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 healthcare assistant 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 – Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips (who worked closely with the late patriarch of the 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.
To celebrate her 78th birthday, she shared these stunning pictures and wrote, “Congratulations to me, my day is around 16th October 78th years old birthday! It’s a new phase of life and I wish I become successful in every way and may fulfill my responsibilities toward my family and my country! 🙏❤️💃💃”