Veteran Nollywood actress, Mama Rainbow has shared gorgeous photos of herself as she clocks 78.
Idowu Philips aka Mama Rainbow has shared some stunning new photos to mark 78.
Taking to her social media page, the well-loved actress ensured her fashion style in the birthday shot was trendy and suave.
“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 fulfil my responsibilities toward my family and my country!” Mama Rainbow wrote.
See more photos below.
Mama Rainbow was born on 16 October 1942 at Ijebu Ode, a city in Ogun State. Her stage name “Iya Rainbow” stems from “Osumare” (meaning “rainbow” in English).
Equally important, Rainbow was the name of the theatre group of 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 – Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips. Her late husband worked closely with the late patriarch of Nigerian Film Industry, Sir Herbert Ogunde.
Mama Rainbow spoke about her career, struggles and how she been able to attain a reputable level of success in the industry. She revealed this in a new interview.
Here is what she had to say;
“My husband was an actor.
But I started acting in 1965. My husband’s group was having a play titled, Rabiatu Dance Drama (it is because of that particular play that I was nicknamed Rabiatu).
The play was to hold at the Glover Memorial Hall, Marina, Lagos, but the lead actress was not on the ground even after tickets had been sold. There were already so many people in the hall, and they started grumbling when the play did not start on time. I noticed that my husband and his managers were agitated. So, I told them that I would play the role of Rabiatu. My husband initially dismissed me, saying that I didn’t know much about their work since I only came around when I was not on duty at the hospital (I was a nurse at the time).
However, I eventually went on stage and acted the role. They told me what I had to say, and I thank God I was able to deliver.
The late Chief Hubert Ogunde also attended the play with three of his wives, and he was astounded when he saw me on stage. He then told my husband that he had an ‘instrument’ at home, so he shouldn’t look elsewhere. And that was basically how I started my acting career.”