Full Biography Of Idowu Philips (Mama Rainbow) & Net Worth: [Nollywood Veteran]

Idowu Philips – Mama Rainbow as popularly called or Iya Rainbow is a Nollywood actress, director and also a movie producer. She is an A-list actress born in Ijebu Ode Ogun State in 1942. One of the most respected actresses and also one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry Nollywood.

Iya Rainbow started her acting career in the 90s and she has appeared in hundreds of Nollywood English and Yoruba movies, she is no doubt a force to reckon with as far as the Yoruba movie industry and Nollywood is concerned.

She is a woman of substance, a successful woman, a mother, an influential personality and also a great role model to upcoming actors and actresses.

Aside from all the good intellectual and natural qualities we have mentioned, Idowu Philips is a very beautiful woman and at her current age of over 70 she still looks young and elegant.

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For her personality we have decided to write about her good works, in this article you will be kept abreast of the biography of Iya Rainbow and her net worth, career, family, films produced, movies she featured in and every detail related to this Nollywood living legend.

Before diving deep into the topic of the day, let us quickly give you a highlight of Idowu Philips profile:

Idowu Philips Profile

Full Name:Idowu Philips
Stage Name:Iya Rainbow, Mama Rainbow
Date of birth/Age16 October 1942
Place of Birth:Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria
State of Origin:Ogun State
Native language:Yoruba
Married to:Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips (Late)
Children:5 Children
Occupation:Actress, Movie Producer, Director and a Nurse
Net worth:$500,000
Social Handles(Instagram @MamaRainbowOfficial)
(Facebook - Iya Rainbow)

To get comprehensive information about Idowu Philips ride with me as I give details on her career, early life, education, filmography and so on.

Idowu Philips Biography

Idowu Philips was born on the 16th of October 1942 in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State the South-Western region of Nigeria, she is a Yoruba native. She is a talented actress that acts mostly in Yoruba Nollywood movies, she started her acting career for decades and became famous after joining the drama group called “Osumare”.

Her stage name streamed from the title of the group she belongs “Osumare” meaning “Rainbow” in English, since then she has been known to be Iya Rainbow or Mama Rainbow. Her stage name got more popular than her real name as most of her fans or Nollywood movie lovers never knew she bears Idowu Philips.

The drama group Osumare was created by the late Sir Hubert Ogunde, he died in 1990. Osumare group was the hottest group in town then specialized in entertaining Nigerians, the group lost its popularity after the demise of Hubert Ogunde.

We need to let you know that Iya Rainbow was once a practicing Nurse at a general hospital in Nigeria and she worked for years as a Nurse before venturing into acting. She actually started acting after the death of her husband Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips who worked with Hubert Ogunde before he became late.

Idowu Philips has acted alongside prolific and well-respected Nollywood actors and actresses, the likes of Adebayo Salami, Ogogo, Odunlade Adekola, Yinka Quadri, Iya Awero, Jide Kosoko and many more.


In her early life, Idowu Philips attended elementary and secondary school in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State where she was born and raised. She later attended a Nursing school after she graduated from Secondary school.

Iya Rainbow got certified and she practiced her nursing career before fully joining the entertainment industry.


As stated earlier, Idowu Philips got married to her husband Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips who is now late, their marriage was blessed with 5 children. After the demise of her husband, she has refused to remarry mainly because of the love she has for her husband and her children.

Though it got to a time a man shows interest in marrying her, according to Iya Rainbow after the man got to know she has 5 children he ran away. As a widow, she trained her children by herself and thank goodness they are all doing fine and one of them a UK-based known as Femi who took after his parents by chasing the same career with them.

Net Worth

Idowu Philips current net worth is estimated to be $500,000, her wealth is attributed to years of working as an actress, endorsement and ambassador deal with big brands like Airtel and also she is into Real Estate.

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If you care to check out the movies Mama featured and starred in here they are:

  • Yemi My Lover – 1990
  • Back to Africa – 1997
  • Lagidigba – 2000
  • Jesu Mushin – 2002
  • Irepodun – 2002
  • Eyin Ogongo – 2002
  • N150 Million – 2003
  • Ìfé òtító – 2003
  • Fila Daddy – 2003
  • Arewa okunrin – 2003
  • Omo oku òrun – 2003
  • Okun ife – 2003
  • Okun ife 2 – 2004
  • Okan soso – 2004
  • Okan soso 2 – 2004
  • Ògìdán – 2004
  • Ògìdán 2 – 2004
  • Abeni – 2006
  • Odun baku – 2006
  • Mewa n sele – 2006
  • Èebúdolá tèmi – 2006
  • Agbefo – 2006
  • Agbefo 2 – 2006
  • Orita Ipinya – 2007
  • Olugbare – 2007
  • Olóri – 2007
  • Maku – 2007
  • Kootu olohun – 2007
  • Kilebi olorun – 2007
  • 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 – 2008
  • Ìpèsè – 2009
  • Ìdàmu eléwòn – 2009
  • Elewon – 2009
  • Akoto olokada – 2009
  • Akoto olokada 2 – 2009
  • Oga Bolaji – 2018
  • Sugar Rush – 2019

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