Why it took me time to know God – Iya Rainbow

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The fact that veteran actress, Esther Idowu Philips, popularly known as Iya Rainbow, is now a Christian cleric still surprises many. In her days, she could be best described as a society lady. But she now has a church in the Ojodu–Berger area of Lagos.

In a recent chat with Sunday Scoop, Iya Rainbow said when she was younger, she didn’t have a personal relationship with God despite being the daughter of a respected cleric. Then, she used to attend parties with friends and sometimes drank herself into a stupor.
According to her, however, it got to a stage that God ‘arrested’ her and told her to build a church for Him. But just as she started to know God, her husband died and left her with five children.
She said,“I became preoccupied with making my children comfortable; ensuring that they didn’t lack. I didn’t even think of buying clothes for myself. When all my colleagues were buying cars, I couldn’t buy one for myself. The opportunity to buy a car only came when I fell from a commercial bus in front of the late Gbenga Adeboye’s office. I think his boys told him about the accident and he later promised to launch a movie for me. It was the money I got from the launch I used to buy a Mazda 626.”
Continuing, she said, “Though I wasn’t a strong Christian when I was younger, I never visited a witch doctor. I only called on God whenever I was in trouble. But when I got to know God better, I realised that He had been watching over me. Maybe He felt that He still needed me to work for Him.”


  1. Okay, good she now knows God better.

  2. Aww. Iya rainbow is such an amazing actress.
    Good to know she's now born again.

  3. But thank God you know him noe

  4. Thank God she knew God finally

  5. It's good to know. Better late than never.


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