Founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation, Osas Ighodaro was born and raised in the Bronx. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, Osas strongly values the importance of family, giving back and staying connected to her roots.

Ms. Ighodaro 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.

Ms. Ighodaro’s work as an actor, spokesperson, humanitarian and Miss Black USA 2010, has carried her throughout the United States and across the globe. As she travels, she remains deeply committed to ending hunger, preventable disease and supporting poverty alleviation in Africa.

Ms. Ighodaro is dedicated to making a difference in the world each and every day, one community at a time.


Most recently, Osas accepted a position with AMREF to serve as an Ambassador for their “Stand Up For African Mothers” campaign. Osas is also a celebrity spokesperson for the nonprofit, Malaria No More and serves as a celebrity advocate for the Obama campaign.