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“Over My Dead Body Would I Get Married Again” – Iya Rainbow

Veteran Nollywood actress, Mrs Idowu Phillips a.k.a Iya Rainbow, reveals why she remained single after the passing on of her husband 35 years ago.

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In a recent interview, she said: “Over my dead body would I get married again. My husband closed my heart with a padlock and he went away with the key. I don’t trust the men of these days. There was one that said he wanted to marry me but he ran away after he saw all my kids. I have forgotten how to want a man. With five kids to cater for, I had no thoughts of that. In those days, I could go to four different locations in a day, to tell you how hard I was working to make money to take care of my children.”

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Revealing how her late husband died, she said: “I can never forget the day my husband died in 1984. I felt the world was going to end on that day. He was my alpha and omega. I used to be a nurse but he was the one that made me become an actress. As a matter of fact, during his burial, I told people to put all our children with him in the grave that I didn’t want them again. The shock was just too much for me to bear. Imagine one becoming a widow at the age of 42.”

‘Iya Rainbow’ also express her frustration in saving her husband despite being a nurse. “I took him to several hospitals such as the General Hospital in Lagos. I was a staff member of the hospital then and immediately I took him there, he was attended to. To be fair, the doctors tried their best but God had the final say. When a person reaches his or her bus stop, he or she has to come down. He eventually died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.”

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The veteran actress also spoke about many unfulfilled promises from those who promised to help after her husband demise. “There were a lot of promises but after a short while, many of them didn’t check up on us again. He was buried in Awe, Oyo State, and many people practically turned their backs on us after the ceremony.”


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