Osas Ighodaro, full name; Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro; 26 October) is a Nigerian American actress, producer, 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. 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. Osas emerged highest grossing Nollywood actress of 2018.
She joined MTV Shuga for series four in October 2019.
She was listed as a top female celebrity of 2020.
Osas Ighodaro is an actor, host, producer and humanitarian.
She is a proud Nigerian-American who is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minor degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre. She continued on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University.
Osas is best known for her work in ‘Rattlesnake that earned her the best female actress award from the 2022 AMVCA award‘, ‘Smart Money Woman’, ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’, ‘Cadillac Records’ & ‘Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’ amongst her many projects. She founded the production company, ‘Joy of Art Media & Entertainment’, who’s aim is to produce projects that both entertain and create positive impact.
Osas was named the ‘Highest Grossing Box Office Actress’ in Nollywood in 2018 and amongst the top 3 highest grossing actresses in 2020, respectively. She ranked amongst the Top 3 National finalists in the American Black Film Festival/NBC Universal Star Project – monologue competition. In 2010, Osas was crowned Miss Black USA and won the award for Best TV Actress at the 2014 edition of Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards. Recently, she was awarded the 2021 ‘Woman of the Year in Entertainment’ at the HER Network Awards.
Osas is an advocate against the spread of preventable diseases and in turn is the founder of the NGO, Joyful Joy Foundation, which strives to eradicate Malaria throughout Africa – one community at a time.
She married Gbenro Ajibade in June 2015. They had their first child in 2016. They divorced shortly after their marriage.