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Osas Ighodaro Biography: Inside The Life Of Nigerian Actress

Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro is Osas Ighodaro’s full name. On October 26, Osas Ighodaro was born. She is an actress, producer, television host, and humanitarian of Nigerian descent. She won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010 and founded The Joyful Joy Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the Malaria fight. In 2014, she also co-hosted the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She won Best TV Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards for her role as Adanna (Danni) on Tinsel. In 2018, Osas was named the highest-paid Nollywood actress. Osas also won the Best Dressed Female award at the 8th Edition of Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2022.

Early Life and Education

Osas was born in the Bronx, New York, to Nigerian parents from Edo State. Her early years were spent mostly abroad. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and dual minors in Entrepreneurship and Theatre. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Pace University’s Actor’s Studio Drama School.


Among her many projects, Osas is best known for her work in “Rattlesnake,” “Smart Money Woman,” “Fela and the Kalakuta Queens,” “Cadillac Records,” and “Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns”.  Her production company, Joy of Art Media & Entertainment, was formed with the goal of creating projects that are both entertaining and have a constructive influence.

Osas was named the ‘Highest Grossing Box Office Actress’ in Nollywood in 2018, and she was among the top highest-grossing actresses in 2020. She was one of the top three national finalists in the American Black Film Festival/NBC Universal Star Project – monologue competition. Osas was named Miss Black America in 2010 and Best TV Actress at the 2014 Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards. She was recently named the 2021 HER Network Awards’ ‘Woman of the Year in Entertainment.’

Osas is an outspoken advocate of the spread of communicable diseases and the founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating malaria in Africa, one community at a time.

AMVCA 2022

Osas Ighodaro was named Best Dressed Female in the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, beating out Nancy Isime, Bimbo Ademoye, Adunni Ade, Belinda Effah, and others who competed in the category. She was also named Best Actress. Osas dedicates both awards to her late mother, who died of a minor illness.


Movies Series

Year Title Role
2022 Single Not Searching Kai
Man of God Teju
Conversations in Transit Adeola
2021 The Ghost and the Tout too Amoke
Namaste Wahala Preemo
Mamba’s Diamond Eloho
Bad Comments Hilda
2020 Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story Amara
Ratnik Sarah Bello
Mama Drama Mena
2019 Your Excellency Candy
Bling Lagosians Demidun
2018 We Don’t Live Here Anymore Leslie
New Money Angela Nwachukwu
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Chidinma
King of Boys Sade Bello
2016 Put a Ring on it Eki
Entreat Margaret
A Walk in the Wind Mary
2015 Where Children Play Nia
The Department Tolu
Gbomo Gbomo Express Cassandra
2011 Restless City Adinike
2009 The Tested Sheena
2008 Cadillac Records Maid
Across a Bloodied Ocean Nafisa
2006 Killa Season (film) Shinae

Television Hosts

Year Title Role
2021 King of Boys: The Return of the King Sade Bello
2020 The Smart Money Woman Zuri
Assistant Madams Chioma
2019 MTV Shuga Sergeant Alice Iyanu
2018 EVE (Africa Magic) Sylvia
2013-2015 Maltina Dance All Host
2013 Parallels – The Webseries Ruth
2012-2014 Tinsel Adanna
2012 12 Steps to Recovery Jellybean
2010 Meet the Browns Nurse Mileen
2006 Conviction Girlfriend

Awards & Nominations

Awards Events Year
Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) Best Dressed Female 2022
Woman of the Year in Entertainment HER Network 2021
TV Actress of the Year ELOY Awards 2014
Miss Black USA 2010
Highest-grossing Nollywood Actress 2018
Brand Ambassador of the Year ELOY Awards 2015
Best Supporting Actress Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2016
“Humanitarian Award” Joyful Joy Foundation (Green October La Mode Magazine Awards 2015) 2015



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