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Osas Ighodaro, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Osas Ighodaro Ajibade
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Ighodaro co-hosting the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos (2014)
Born Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro
26 October 1990 (age 27)[1]
New York CityUnited States
Residence LagosLagos State, Nigeria[2]
Nationality NigerianAmerican
Other names Osas Ighodaro Ajibade
Osas Ajibade
Occupation Actress, Host, Humanitarian
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Gbenro Ajibade (m. 2015)
Children 1
Website Official website

Osas Ighodaro Ajibade (born Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro; 26 October) is a Nigerian American actress, host and humanitarian. She won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010 and founded The Joyful Joy Foundation, raising funds and awareness towards the fight against Malaria.[3][4] Additionally, she 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.[5][6]


Ighodaro was born in Bronx, New YorkUnited States, to Nigerian parents from Edo State. She obtained her first degree in broadcast 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. She moved to 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 hasn’t moved back since then. She hosted the Maltina Dance All Reality show.[7][8] She is the founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation[9][10] and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Personal life

She is married to Gbenro Ajibade. They have a daughter.



Year Title Role
2016 Ratnik Sarah Bello
2016 A Walk in the Wind Mary
2016 Entreat Margaret
2016 Put a Ring on it Eki
2015 Gbomo Gbomo Express Cassandra
2015 Where Children Play Nia
2015 The Department Tolu [11]
2011 Restless City Adinike
2009 The Tested Sheena
2008 Cadillac Records Maid
2008 Across a Bloodied Ocean Nafisa
2006 Killa Season (film) Shinae


Year Title Role
2013-2015 Maltina Dance All Host
2012-2014 Tinsel Adanna
2013 Parallels – The Webseries Ruth
2012 12 Steps to Recovery Jellybean
2010 Meet the Browns Nurse Mileen
2006 Conviction Girlfriend


  • For Coloured Girls (Nigerian adaptation)
  • Underground
  • Dolores
  • He Said, She Said
  • How Sweet
  • Platanos Y Collard Greens
  • Revenge of a King
  • Joe Turners Come and Gone
  • Coloured Museum

Awards and nominations

Year Event Catogory Work Result
2010 Miss Black USA Pageant Miss Black USA 2010[12] Won
2014 ELOY Awards Actress of the Year – TV[13] Tinsel Won
2015 Green October La Mode Magazine Awards Humanitarian Award[14] Joyful Joy Foundation Won
2015 ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year[15] Polo Avenue; Konga.com Won
Actress of the Year – Film The Department Nominated
2016 Golden Movie Awards Golden Supporting Actress[16] Gbomo Gbomo Express Nominated
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Supporting Actress of The Year[17] Gbomo Gbomo Express Won


  1. Jump up^ “Biography of Osas Ighodaro”. 12 September 2015.
  2. Jump up^ “Osas Ighodaro tells you what THEY made her do on The SpOt”. EbonyLife TV. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. Jump up^ “Miss Black Connecticut Crowned Miss Black USA 2010 in the nations capitol”. PrNewswire.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  4. Jump up^ “Malaria Deadly Toll”. Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. Jump up^ “Its Ok to Come Back Home: From New York to Lagos Tinsel actress Osas Ighodaro is spreading her wings”. bellanaija.com. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. Jump up^ “Trending with Osas”. nollywoodexpress.com. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Osas replaces Kemi Adetiba as host of Maltina Dance All Show”. thenet.ng. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. Jump up^ “Fashion should be on Point – Osas Ighodaro”. punchng.com. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  9. Jump up^ “Osas Ighodaro Ajibade”Huffington Post.com. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. Jump up^ “Malaria Deadly Toll / Osas Ighodaro Ajibade”Huffington Post.com. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  11. Jump up^ “Watch Osas Ighodaro, OC Ukeje, Majid Michel in trailer”. ThePulse.ng. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  12. Jump up^ “2010 Miss Black USA Crowned”News.cn. Wang Guanqun. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  13. Jump up^ “Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa, Mo’Cheddah, DJ Cuppy, Others Nominated”Pulse Nigeria. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  14. Jump up^ “Green October 2Face, Tony Elumelu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, others recognized at humanitarian/fashion show”pulse.ng. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  15. Jump up^ “Osas Ighodaro Emerges Brand Ambassador of the Year at ELOY Awards”thenet.ng. Kayode Badmus. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  16. Jump up^ “Full List of nominees for 2016 Golden Movie Awards Africa”Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  17. Jump up^ “Nollywood Actress Osas Ighodaro Ajibade wins Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 NEA Awards”African Hub Naija. Ngozi Ann. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
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