Nollywood actress, Mrs. Idowu Philips, otherwise called Iya Rainbow. He
talks about his mother’s career with GBENGA ADENIJI.
grew up in Lagos. I attended primary and secondary schools in the state
before proceeding to the University of Ilorin and the London South Bank
University for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees respectively.
Philips, was a lecturer at the University of Lagos. He was also an actor
and founder of Osumare Theatre Group. Before his death, my mother used
to act part-time, being a nurse. My mother took up the leadership of
Osumare Theatre Group after his death and since then, she has been
family following the death of my father. She is solely responsible for
the upkeep of my brother, sisters and me. My mother made sure we all
received quality education.
woman. She always devotes quality time for all her children while we
were young and even now. Despite being strict, my mother loves all of us
and she is close to us. She helped us with our school assignments and
sometimes beat us whenever we misbehaved.
time to take us out to the cinemas to watch stage plays by Adedeji
Ogunde, Baba Mero, Baba Sala, Duro Ladipo and many others. She also took
us to the rehearsals of the Osumare Theatre Group. The rehearsals held
three times weekly at the time. The reason she chose the cinemas and
theatre rehearsals as places for us to have fun was because she wanted
us to have a deep knowledge of theatre and enjoy educative shows.
She respects her children’s individual choice and interest in the area
anyone desires. She has been supportive since I embraced the
film-making. Sister Olabisi and I showed interest in film-making and my
mother has been very helpful in our career choice. She also gave others,
who showed interest in other careers, her support.
Theatre Group since my secondary school days. My mother also played lead
roles in all the movies. Some of them included Alamu se’ni yan (roughly translated means Alamu is a nice man). The movie was a hit when it was released. It was followed by Odunmbaku; Elepo robi; and Anikulapo
among others. I wrote scripts for the movies as I earlier said and they
were directed by Abbey Lanre, who is a prominent director. I am happy
with my input in all the movies. We have worked together on many movies
and I really learnt from her experience. I will continue to learn from
were growing up; but despite that, she ensured she gave us attention.
She is a single mother of five children. As a nurse and actress, she
made herself available and spent any of her spare time with us at home.
woman. Though she is strict, that didn’t prevent her from showing love
to us. She corrected us with love.
play and later rode a bicycle. When my mother returned home, she did not
see me. She searched for me and when she couldn’t find me, she decided
to wait until I came home. She took her time to beat me.
best friends were Mrs. Akala and Dewura. She also has other friends
among wives of well-known colleagues in the movie industry.
watching movies. If she is not watching movies, she would be in church.
She owns a Cherubim and Seraphim church in Ogun State. The church
celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 15, 2017, and eminent actors,
actresses and singers graced the occasion.
her colleagues and everyone, both young and old, equally. She is also a
good listener. She takes her time to listen well to people before
passing judgment. I have learnt all these from her and endeavour to
exhibit them in my relationship with people.
closely with my mother in film-making when I was in secondary school.
This gave me the opportunity to work with prominent actors and
accommodating mother. She accommodates friends and children of family
members in her house. She is responsible for their upkeep and payment of
their school fees.
schedule. If not for film-making, which always requires her to be at
locations, she would prefer to be in church all the time. She enjoys
being in church to teach God’s word and preach to people.
movies my mother features in. She improves always in spite of her years
of experience in the industry.
features in with people so they can point to her mistakes for her to
improve on them. I am also currently working with her on a three-in-one
movie project, featuring distinguished Nigerian and United Kingdom
actors and actresses. The movie, titled The Saint, is a true-life experience work to be shot in London and various parts of Nigeria.
experience in the movie industry coupled with the movie I did with my
mother and some famous thespians, my colleagues respect me. This is
largely because in the movie industry, experience counts.
any occasion she is invited to. Sometimes, she acts as the master of
ceremonies at some of the events. But now, she tends to attend church
who try to belittle your ambition.” This is true because some friends
always do that; but the really great, good friends make you feel that
you too can become great.
much she loved my father. She said she promised to devote her life and
time to the children and the Osumare Theatre Group after my father’s
a film location when she was asked the meaning of Osumare in the
Osumare Theatre Group. She explained that it means rainbow and since
then, people started calling her Iya Rainbow.
talks about which she desires to be remembered for apart from her
contributions to the movie industry.
Rabiatu’ to document her true-life story and build a church and name it
after her father, Ifemade. She already built the church which is a
frank talk about how to restructure the country. Restructuring is the
way to go. At 57, she feels the country is moving at a slow pace trying
to overcome numerous challenges associated with developing nations.
30 per cent of his electoral promises from my point of view. He has
done well by getting a court order proscribing the Independent People of
Biafra. He would do better by labelling the criminal herdsmen a
terrorist group especially with the mindless killings they have carried
country is that it should attain true federalism as being advocated by
our leaders across Nigeria. We need to start utilising our potential and
resources as a nation. We have a long way to go as a country despite
our size, resources and human potential. Corruption is still like a
cancer eating deep into the fabric of our nation.