Biography of Ini Edo
Ini Edo is a household name in the Nigerian movie industry. Her contributions to acting and producing have inspired many young girls to join the industry and showcase their talents. Her acting prowess is not in doubt, considering the hundreds of movies she has featured. Combine that with her famous beauty, and you get screen diva extraordinaire. So what’s there to know about Ini Edo? Walk with me as we discuss her biography.
Ini Edo was born Iniobong Edo Ekim on April 23, 1982. She is an Ibibio from Akwa Ibom, South-South Nigeria. Her mother was a school teacher, while her father was a church elder. Being the second of four children (three girls, one boy), Ini Edo grew up in a strict background.
After her primary education, Ini Edo attended Cornelia Connely College in Uyo. From there, she attended the University of Uyo, where she got a Diploma in Theatre Arts. She also graduated from the University of Calabar with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2014, Ini Edo gained a scholarship to study Law at the National Open University of Nigeria.
Ini Edo began her acting career when she made her debut in the 2003 Nollywood movie, Thick Madam. She had attended an audition when the producer noticed her. However, her breakthrough came in 2004 when she starred as the lead actress in World Apart.
Since then, she has appeared in over 100 movies, and was nominated as “Best Lead Actress” at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in the movie, While you slept. Ini Edo is one of the most successful actresses in Nigeria.
In 2016, she was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on culture and tourism by Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
Ini Edo has over 100 movies she has featured. Below is a list of some of them:
Fatal Seduction, The Greatest Sacrifice, My Heart Your Home, No Where to Run, Stolen Tomorrow, Sacrifice for Love, Silence of the Gods, Supremacy, Too Late to Claim, Total Control, Traumatised, War Game, 11:45… Too Late, The Bank Manager, The Bet, Cold War, Crying Angel, Desperate Need
Emotional Blackmail, I Want My Money, Last Picnic, Living in Tears, Living Without You, Men Do Cry, My Precious Son, One God One Nation, Weekend getaway, Pretty Angels, Red Light, Royal Package, Security Risk, Songs of Sorrow, Stronghold, Tears for Nancy
Unforeseen, Eyes of Love, Faces of Beauty, Indecent Girl, Indulgence, I Swear, Legacy, Love Crime, Love & Marriage, Negative Influence, Not Yours!, The One I , Trust, Sisters On Fire, Royalty Apart, Never Let Go, End of Do or Die Affair, Darkness of Sorrows
Final Sorrow, Behind The Melody, Memories of The Heart, Royal Gift, Dangerous, Save The Last Dance, Battle For Bride, Caged Lovers, In The Cupboard, Hunted Love, Anointed Queen, A Dance For The Prince, Bride’s War, Tears In The Palace, Slip of Fate, At All Cost, Mad S3x, The Princess of My Life
Inale (2010), I’ll Take My Chances (2011), Nkasi The Village Fighter, Nkasi The Sprot Girl, The Return of Nkasi, Soul of a Maiden, “Blood is Money”, Citation (film)(2020), Pretty Angels, Red Light, Royal Package, Security Risk, Songs of Sorrow, Stronghold, Tears for Nancy, Unforeseen, Eyes of Love, Faces of Beauty
|2009||2009 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress Leading Role (Yoruba)||Won|
|2011||Zulu African Film Academy Awards||Best Actress Indigenous||Edika Nigeria||Won|
|2012||Best Actress in Leading Role||In a Cupboard||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Female Viewers Choice||Herself||Nominated|
|2012||Honorarium Appreciation Award||Herself||Won|
|2013||2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Female Viewers Choice||Herself||Won|
|2013||Cross River Movie Award||Best Act Female(English)||Behind The Melody||Won|
Ini Edo is one of Nigeria’s highest-paid and sought-after actresses, with a net worth of about $5 million (N2,143,050,000). She also owns a mansion in Lekki, Lagos State. Ini Edo loves cars and has an expensive collection. They include a Range Rover SUV, BMW X5, Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, and G-65 Lexus (LX 570).
Family; In 2008, Ini Edo married a famous American-based businessman named Philip Ehiagwina. Their wedding was first officially registered and celebrated in Nigeria. Then in 2009, the couple moved to Texas, United States, where the man lived and celebrated another wedding.
In 2014, the couple divorced, with Ini Edo citing “irreconcilable differences,” which they could not overcome. The marriage lasted for six years, and there were no children.
However, the popular actress announced that she had welcomed a daughter via surrogacy in December 2021. The eggs belonged to her, so the child is genetically hers. As for the child’s father, Ini Edo revealed that she opted for a donor for “peace of mind.” She also revealed that she had more eggs frozen in case she went for another surrogacy or decides to carry the baby herself.
Ini Edo is still single, and there’s no report of her dating anyone yet.
Like every beautiful actress, Ini Edo has her share of controversies. First, there was wild media speculation that she was dating multiple men. However, she debunked such a claim, saying she was a “one man” type of lady. Also, her marriage to Philip Ehiagwina was a hot topic in the Nigerian media. Ehiagwina married another Nollywood actress, Ruth Okoro, but the couple divorced.
When Ini Edo’s marriage to Ehiagwina was announced, Ruth took to the media to call her out as a husband snatcher. She accused Ini Edo of making her husband abandon her at the hospital when she was suffering from cancer.
However, she debunked Okoro’s claim, stating that Ehiagwina was long divorced before they ever met. When she was divorced, there was wild speculation that Ini Edo was unfaithful, which led to the collapse of her marriage. But she later revealed that Ehiagwina had cheated instead by abandoning her to move in with a woman in Ghana.
Also, the news surrounding her daughter’s birth generated mixed reactions. While some congratulated her, others bashed her for having a child out of wedlock and choosing surrogacy instead of carrying her child herself.
The question of the child’s father’s identity was also a hot topic. However, Ini Edo revealed the father of a child was not a random person, but she chose the donor option to avoid baby daddy drama.
Ini Edo is a force to reckon with in Nollywood. Her achievements in the industry and outside are a testament to her resilience and consistency. Apart from acting, Ini Edo also went into other endeavours.
She was appointed by the United Nations Habitat, youth envoys director, as a youth ambassador in 2011. The beautiful actress was a judge at the Miss Black beauty contest, United Kingdom, in 2013. All these and more make her stand out among her peers, making her one of the best actresses Nigeria has ever produced.