Idowu Philips, popularly known as Iya Rainbow, a Nigerian veteran actress and wife of the late Nigerian playwright Hubert Ogunde, suddenly went off the radar after she became a cleric and established a church.
She said, “I’m still interested in acting; and as long as I am alive, I still have action in my body. If anybody calls me, I can act in any type of movie except as a prostitute, and I can’t put tattoos on my body, or wear short, revealing dresses. I really miss my acting days. When we go to locations to shoot movies, we enjoy ourselves and interact with friends. We sleep in hotels and eat whatever we like in a relaxed atmosphere. I also enjoy myself in the church, but we do more of fasting and praying, and lots of vigils.”
Sharing her experience in ministry, she said, “It is the work of God that I’m doing now. I go from mountain tops to pray, to America, London, Canada, and other countries to minister. I just got back from one of those trips last week. I find joy being in the ministry; it is easy, and at the same time, not easy because it is a congregation of different types of people. People come to you with various problems, and it is my prayer that God should intervene in whatever issue they bring to me.”