Biography of Osas Ighodaro
Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro professionally known as Osas Ighodaro is a Nigerian-American actress, producer, host and humanitarian. The Nollywood sweetheart is a force to reckon with in the movie industry.
Early life and background of Osas Ighodaro
Osas Ighodaro was born on the 26th of October, 1990 in Bronx, New York, United States, to Nigerian parents from Edo State. After completing her elementary and high school education in New York, she went ahead to bag a first degree in broadcasting journalism with dual minors in entrepreneurship and theater from Pennsylvania State University. Furthermore, she obtained a master’s degree in fine arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.
Her Acting Career
In 2010, Osas participated in the Miss Black USA beauty pageant emerging winner of the contest. Having develop interest in acting, she auditioned and was selected for the cast of TV series, Tinsel. This led to her relocation to Nigeria with the intent of staying for six months. Six years has turned to years as she’s fallen in love with the Nigerian entertainment industry. In 2012, she made her first acting debut as “Adanna” in Tinsel. This shot her to stardom thus garnering her more roles in movies.
She has featured in several movies and theatre productions like Colored Museum, Revenge of a King, How Sweet, Gbomo Gbomo Express, New Money, King of Boys, Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons,We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Bling Lagosians, Your Excellency amongst others. She has worked alongside prominent artistes such as Ramsey Nouah, Alex Ekubo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Toni Tones, Adesua Etomi, Sola Sobowale and other legendary actors. Osas has hosted quite a number of events like the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Maltina Dance All Reality Show, Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Future Awards, Eco Bank Festival Show, e.t.c
The sultry actress has bagged a couple of endorsement deals with brands. In February, 2015, she was unveiled as the ambassador for the popular luxury store, Polo Avenue. Furthermore, she became a brand ambassador to Tremendoc on August 23, 2019. Tremendoc is a platform designed that gives people with medical needs access to doctors at their convenience.
Her Humanitarian Works
The loss of her elder sister, Joy to Malaria inspired the launching of her foundation “Joyful Joy Foundation” in 2012. Joyful Joy is aimed at combating malaria among people. Through this platform, the screen goddess has been doing outreaches across African countries. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Osas Ighodaro’s Relationship and Family Life
Osas was once married to fellow actor, Gbenro Ajibade. They have a child together.
Awards and Nominations
The renowned thespian in the course of her career has won several awards and nominations.
Miss Black USA, 2010
Top 3 National finalists in the American Black Film Festival and NBC Universal Star Project – Monologue Competition.
Best TV Actress of the Year, Exquisite Lady of the Year, ELOY Awards, 2014
Humanitarian Award, Green October La Mode Magazine Awards, 2015
Brand Ambassador of the Year, ELOY Awards, 2015
Best Supporting Actress of The Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2016
Osas Ighodaro’s Net Worth
Osas Ighodaro is ranked amongst the richest and most influential celebrities in Nigeria with an undisclosed net worth.
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