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I’m glad I didn’t remarry – Iya Rainbow reflects at 76

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Idowu Philips , popularly known as Iya Rainbow recently clocked 76 ; it is worthy of note that the veteran actress has aged gracefully . In a chat with Saturday Beats , the thespian called on the government to put in more efforts at combating the deadly cankerworm called piracy eating up the industry .
“ The government should help the industry to eradicate piracy ; there was a time a producer was even mobbed when he went to fight some pirates in Alaba . Piracy has eaten deep into the industry , I am grateful to God because I have other sources of income like anchoring weddings and being a brand ambassador . I started anchoring weddings after one of my sisters – in – law insisted that I anchor her child ’ s wedding fifteen years ago , ” she told Saturday beats .

The veteran also advised the upcoming actors and actresses in the industry to live in harmony and stay focused on their career and ambition .

“ People in the industry should love themselves and be faithful to their colleagues; they should not live a fake life . The youths of this generation think we are stupid but we are not ; there are some things I overlook on set just because of the passion I have for my career . I respect both the old and the young in the industry because of my goal.

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“ The reason for failed marriages in the industry is a result of lack of patience ; men will always be men , so women have to be patient with them . If a woman should jump from one marriage to another , it sends a bad signal . ”

Also , talking about how she was able to take care of herself and her children after the loss of her husband , Philips said she intended to remarry but the attitude of men towards her discouraged her .

“ I had the intention of remarrying after I lost my husband , there was even a time a man visited me in my house when we were all eating with my children and some other youths that stayed with me ; he had to ask me if all the youths in my house were my children , I replied him in the affirmative . Due to my reply , he asked me a rhetorical question that insinuated he was overwhelmed with the number of children he would have to cater for when he married me . After that time , I never saw him again. After this incident , I never thought of getting married again because I was no longer interested because most of them used to lie a lot .

“ Nobody can take care of us like God , considering the type of things we eat these days . I can ’ t even say how I keep up such ageless beauty but I can say I try to eat right; considering the fact that I had to take care of my children all by myself after I lost my husband . I used to take them to my mother ’ s place when I had to be on set ; I used to go to about four locations in a day just to get some money to enable me cater for my children , ” she said .

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Philips , who recently got some major endorsement deals, said she never knew she would be honoured by those endorsements at that age .

“ I never expected all the endorsements that I have right now ; I am amazed at the grace of God over my life , ” she added .

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