Femi, a son of veteran Nollywood actress Idowu Phillips, also known as Iya Rainbow, speaks about his father’s death and relationship with his mother.
People are often of the opinion that working with family members could have some hiccups. How has it been working with your mother, Iya Rainbow, all these years?
I will say that Iya Rainbow is different. Anything that has to do with me or money, she will not touch it. There was a time we attended a party and I sprayed her money, about N50,000. She said, ‘Femi that is your money, come and pack your money’. I told her I gave it to her but she insisted that I should take my money back. When it comes to money, mama is very particular about it. When it comes to work, she tells me to share the money and give her what she deserves. Even when it comes to endorsement, she seeks my advice. I really enjoy working with her. I am fine.
Is she the reason you went into the entertainment industry?
No, it was my dad that influenced me to venture into the entertainment industry. He was a writer and director. I am a born artiste. When I was growing up, I realised that I love entertaining people and I keep doing it. I went to London to study film making. Before then, I will say it is in the blood. If an entertainer has kids, at least one would toe the path of the artiste. I would say I was the one that took after my dad.
Speaking of your father, he died over three decades ago when you were still very young. How was life without a father figure and how did his death help foster your relationship with Iya Rainbow?
My father was a lecturer and also an actor. Most times, they travel a lot because they were into ‘travelling stage play’. But as for my mother, because of the children, she was not able to travel around with them often. She only took part in the Lagos shows most times. This made us become very close to our mother.
I am so close to my mother and she is my best friend. In fact, it was my mother that told me the person I would marry. That is how close we are. When I wanted to get married, I told her about the girls in my life and asked who she felt I should marry and she chose for me. She is my friend. Whenever I am around and she feels down, she calls me to come and make her laugh.
My father was so strict to the extent that whenever he was around, you would be scared. We would say, ‘Ha! Baba is around o’.
Your mother never remarried after the death of your father over 38 years ago? Did you ever encourage her to remarry?
There was a time I told Iya Rainbow that we were broke and she should look for someone else to remarry. She said never, she will never do such. We were so broke and the journey was so rough that I had to urge her to remarry. I pointed out to her some men that were interested in her but she said no.
There was a time she went to a film set and they gave her money, I know that she loved her husband so much so I told her that I knew an herbalist in Ilorin. The herbalist’s speciality was to conjure the dead.
The truth was that I just wanted to get money from her because I knew how much she loved my father and wanted to see or speak with him again. She asked how much it would cost and I told her N300,000 but she said she only had N50,000. She pleaded with me to tell the man to accept N30,000 and that we would give him the balance later. She kept giving me money and at a point, I had to tell her the truth that my father is dead and he can never come back again. That is how much she loved my dad. Iya Rainbow said that she cannot remarry because she cannot imagine another man sleeping with her again, it is only Femi. That is how much she loved our dad.
As you have said, you are very close to your mother. How was it when she first met your wife?
I know what my mother likes so on the day they were to meet, I advised my wife to be a good girl. I told her that once she got to my mother’s house she should help with chores. Besides that, my wife is a very lovely and nice person. That day, she met my mother washing and then she joined her. My mother asked me who she was and I said my friend because I could not say she was my girlfriend. She queried my wife and the rest is history.
Is there any disadvantage to being the son of Iya Rainbow?
There is only one disadvantage to being the son of such a great legend as Iya Rainbow. The disadvantage is that there are certain places I visit and people expect me to do more. They would be of the opinion that as Iya Rainbow’s son, I am a rich guy. They believe that I ought to be a millionaire.
I am mostly based in London and when I first arrived, I had to do some dirty jobs to make ends meet. When some people see me, they ask if I am Mama Rainbow’s son and I had to deny it.
10 Things To Know About BBNaija All Stars Winner, Ilebaye
Big Brother Naija housemate, Ilebaye Precious Odiniya, has won the All Stars edition of the reality TV show and will be going home with N120,000,000 and other prizes.
Here are 10 things to know about her:
1. Ilebaye was born on May 9, 2001 in Lokoja, Kogi State.
2. She hails from the Igala tribe of Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State.
3. She had her secondary school education at the Federal Government Girls’ College, Kabba.
4. She has a degree in Criminology and Security Studies from Salem University, Lokoja.
5. During her childhood, she starred in popular movie productions like “Papa Ajasco” by Wale Adenuga Productions.
6. Ilebaye is a professional fashion model and entrepreneur.
7. She contested in BBNaija Season 7 “Level Up” but was evicted after three weeks.
8. Ilebaye is the youngest housemate in the BBN All-Stars edition.
9. She is the daughter of Hon. Emmanuel Godson Odiniya and Mrs. Odiniya. Her father is an Abuja-based politician.
10. She is the CEO of O.I. Clothing, an emerging fashion brand in Nigeria.
“I Will Not Keep Quiet, The Whole World Will Hear This”— Lizzy Anjorin Says As She Called Out Her Husband Over New Wife
Nollywood actress Lizzy Anjorin has called out her husband over marrying a younger wife online.
Lizzy Anjorin revealed that in Yoruba land when a new King emerged, the king was entitled to marry a very small and beautiful wife, she said the same thing applied to anyone who bagged a new chieftaincy title.
She went further saying, she asked her husband to marry another wife who would be taking care of the new chieftaincy title that her husband was honoured with recently.
But the reverse is the case as her husband rejected her offer, while speaking with the audience in the video the said husband arrived at the scene an he questioned her wife Lizzy Anjorin on why he should marry another wife
She Responded: By Saying She thought her husband had finished eating her so she needed someone whose blood was still fresh.
The husband Insist saying she can never finish eating her and her beauty alone is enough for him alone
Fans reacted to the video as many of them asked if Lizzy Anjorin could handle them, she asked back almost the same set of questions if they could handle him too.
See Social Media Reaction Below;
Oluwasanmiife: The Lord will bless you mummy Florida. I have sons!!and every time, am pray g that, I want a woman like you, that will fight in all areas for my son to be who God wants them to be. A woman who will allow my children to make it in life.
Kuze_villa: I’m watching this and I’m smiling like mumu 😂 love is a beautiful thing 😍
Iambatunde60: Chaii lizzyomoAjorin shey te ba pe meji lori baba yi sehy E e ni je’e omo okunrin yi tan, ah e be’e ru olorun Oooo
Real_Realprincessadax: 😂😂😂😂😂I can’t laff ooo. he said he’s doesn’t want to be recorded 😀😀😀😀 he’s running for Awon Omo sana’wole 😀😀
Oreoluwa_akitim: I had a good Laugh 😂 it’s your straight face for me. Who born that iyawo oye sef 😂😂😂 iku pa Iyawo oye yen @lizzyanjorin_original
BREAKING: Ilebaye Wins BBNaija All Stars Edition
Following a suspense-filled evening, the grand finale of BBNaija All Stars commenced at 7 pm tonight.
Housemates were gradually eliminated from the competition, with Cross, Pere, and Adekunle being the first to exit. This led to an extraordinary situation where the top three remaining contestants were all female, marking a historic milestone within the Big Brother franchise.
The tension continued, and eventually, Ceec was evicted, leaving Mercy and Ilebaye as the final two housemates competing for the price money of N120 Million
In the end, it came down to Mercy and Ilebaye as the top two finalists, with Baye who emerged victorious as the winner of the BBNaija All Stars Edition
More to follow….
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