Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro is simply and widely known as Osas Ighodaro. She is a Nigerian American actress, producer, host and a philanthropist.
She was born on the 26th of October, the year of her birth not known in Bronx, New York, United States, to Nigerian parents from Edo State.
Osas obtained her first degree in broadcasting journalism with dual minors in entrepreneurship and theater from Pennsylvania State University.
She further obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School, at Pace University, also in the USA.
Osas began her entertainment career when she visited Nigeria in 2012 with plans to spend just six months and return to the United States. She however got other jobs, along with Tinsel and had since stayed put engaging in various entertainment shows and concerts in Nigeria.
She hosted the Maltina Dance All Reality show. She is the founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
In 2010, Osas won the Miss Black USA Pageant and founded The Joyful Joy Foundation, raising funds and awareness towards the fight against Malaria in Nigeria and Africa in general.
The hardworking and versatile young Nigerian co-hosted the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She played the role of Adanna (Danni) on the Soap Opera Tinsel, and won Best TV Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards.
Osas has starred in several movies, emerging the highest grossing Nollywood actress of 2018. Some of her movies include:
• Across The Bloodied Ocean
• The Tested
• Killer Season
• The Department
• Where the Children Play
• Gbomo Gbomo Express
• A Walk in the Wind
• Your Excellency
• Kings of Boys
• Blind Lagosians
• Mama Drama
• Bad Comments among others.
Osas also features in TV series, and they include:
• Meet the Browns
• Maltina Dance All
• Eve (Africa Magic)
• MTV Shuga
• Assistant Madam and Smart Money Woman.
Awards and Nominations
Osas Ighodaro has won several awards and nominations. They are:
• 2010 Miss Black USA Pagaent.
• 2014 Actress of the year TV at ELOY Awards for Tinsel.
• 2015 Humanitarian Awards at Green Oct La Mode Magazine Awards for her Joyful Joy Foundation.
• 2015 Brand Ambassador of the year at ELOY Awards for her role in a movie, Department.
• 2016 supporting actress of the year at the 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards for her role in a movie, Gbomo Gbomo Express.
Her Personal Life
Osas Ighodaro married Gbenro Ajibade in June 2015 and the union is blessed with a child in 2016. Sadly enough, the marriage ended in a divorce shortly after giving birth.
Her Net Worth
Osas Ighodaro is a veteran Nollywood star, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.