Born and raised in the home of the New York Yankees, Osas Ighodaro is a Bronx Native. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, Osas strongly values the importance of family, giving back and staying connected to her roots.
Osas graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minor degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University.
Osas has appeared in theatre productions that include, The Colored Museum, Revenge of the King, and the “Audelco Award” winning, Off-Broadway play Platanos & Collard Greens. Osas’s film & television credits include, Cadillac Records, 2011 Sundance Film Festival selected Restless City, The Tested, & Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Osas 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 2010. Currently, Osas plays the role of Adanna on Africa’s #1 Soap Opera, “Tinsel.”
Osas’ work as an actress, spokesperson and humanitarian carry her throughout the United States and across the globe. As Founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation, through all of her travels, Osas remains deeply committed to ending hunger, preventable disease and supporting poverty alleviation in Africa. Osas values the giving of oneself to others. She believes a small token of appreciation sincerely offered to a few can cause and affect a chain reaction of positivity and growth for many.
Osas’s motto: “If you can believe it and your heart conceives it, then surely you can achieve it”