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Ini Edo Biography – A Coconut Seller To A Veteran Actress

Ini Edo Profile

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FULL NAME Iniobong Edo Ekim
AGE 39 Years Old (2021)
D.O.B 23rd April 1982
MARITAL STATUS Single/Divocred
TRIBE Ibibio
RELIGION Christianity
CAREER Nollywood Actress / Producer

Ini Edo has proven over the years to be one of Nigeria’s most talented actresses and movies producer. In today’s article, we are going to talk a bit about this talented Nollywood Actress.

Ini Edo’s Early Years

The full name of Ini Edo is Iniobong Edo Ekim. She was born to an Ibibio household on April 23, 1982. The Ibibio people of southern Nigeria are coastal people. They’re usually found in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Abia State’s eastern region.

Ini Edo was born in the state of Akwa Ibom and raised in a religious home. Her mother worked as a schoolteacher, while her father served as an elder in the church. She grew up with two of her siblings as well as an older cousin whom she considers a sister.   Ini Edo biography   The actress has stated several times that she comes from a low-income family. According to Buzz Nigeria, Ini Edo used to sell coconuts to help support her family.

Cornelius Connely College in Uyo provided Ini Edo with her basic schooling. She then moved on to the University of Uyo and earned a Diploma in Theatre Arts. Her pursuit of knowledge did not end there; she continued to the University of Calabar, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English.


Ini Edo holds a law degree from the National Open University, which she earned thanks to a scholarship she received in 2014. Her acting career, on the other hand, had already developed by that time. It will be impossible to find an adult Nigerian who does not recognize the actress by that time.

Ini Edo’s Acting Career

The renowned actress previously stated that she never imagined she would make it big in Nollywood in the beginning. She simply ‘loved acting’ and had pursued her passion.

She must have gone to several film auditions before being noticed by a producer. In the film Thick Madam, Ini Edo makes her Nollywood debut. Francis Odega and Eucharia Anunobi, both accomplished performers, were cast with her.

Soon after, she made her big-screen debut in Worlds Apart, alongside Kenneth Okonkwo, Liz Benson, and Hilda Dokubo, Her career took a rapid turn after that and seemed unstoppable. Ini Edo began to perform in films, and some of her most memorable roles were with Rita Dominic, another Nollywood famous actress. They appeared together in several films in 2005, including Ultimate Crisis, The Begotten, Only Love, and Last Game. Ini Edo has appeared in over 100 films since she began performing.


Ini Edo’s Movies Production Career

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In a 2019 interview with Wetin Happen, Ini Edo stated that getting into producing was her way of giving back to the film business.

I’ll Take My Chances was Ini Edo’s first feature film. She worked on the project with Emem Isong. Bryan Okwara, a well-known actor and model, used the film as a springboard for his acting career.

She went on to do another project after this one to illustrate that it wasn’t a one-time affair. Knocking On Heaven’s Gate was another collaboration with Emem Isong. Adesua Etomi-Wellington made her feature film debut with this film. Blossom Chukwujekwu’s career was also launched as a result of it.

Ini Edo Movies

  • The One I Trust
  • World Apart (1&2)
  • Still In Love (1&2)
  • Not Yours
  • Negative Influence
  • Mothers-in-Law
  • Millionaire’s Daughter (1&2)
  • Love Crime (1&2)
  • Love & Marriage
  • Legacy
  • I Swear (1&2)
  • Indulgence (1&2)
  • Indecent Girl
  • Men Do Cry (1&2)
  • Lonely Heart (1&2)
  • Faces of Beauty (1&2)
  • Fatal Seduction (1&2)
  • One on One
  • My Confession
  • War Game (1,2&3)
  • Live to Remember
  • Emotional Blackmail (1&2)
  • Worth Enemy and Lots More

Ini Edo Awards

  • Best Actress Leading Role, Best Nollywood Awards, 2009
  • Best Actress Indigenous, Zulu African Film Academy Awards, 2011
  • Honorarium Appreciation Award, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2012
  • Best Act Female (English), Cross River Movie Award, 2013
  • Female Viewers Choice, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2013
  • Best Supporting Actress, Nollywood and African Film Critics Award (NAFCA), 2013
  • Best Actress – Africa Collaboration, Ghana Movie Award, 2015

Ini Edo’s Personal Life

Ini Edo married Phillip Ehiagwina, a Nigerian businessman resident in the United States, in 2008. They married in a Nigerian church before performing the ceremony in February 2009 in a Texas church. Soon after their marriage, rumours began to circulate that Ini Edo was having an affair with her husband. There was also another side to the story that claimed her husband was physically violent to her.

In 2009, both Ini Edo and her husband denied that their marriage was strained. The couple was mentioned in a Vanguard piece as maintaining there were no problems in their home. However, the story changed after a few years.

The couple’s marriage came to an end in 2014. There were numerous explanations stated as to why it came to an end. The stories were once again about adultery and domestic abuse. Ini Edo, on the other hand, stated that their divorce was the result of “irreconcilable disputes.”

Ini Edo’s ex- husband’s family alleged that the actress cheated when married to Phillip Ehiagwina and that her family had to ask them to take the returned bride money so that she might marry someone else in the future, according to a post on Pulse.

However, because we couldn’t locate any real evidence to back up the charges, we’re going to accept them as simply that. It is not uncommon for infidelity stories about public people and celebrities to circulate. Readers are encouraged to approach these stories with a healthy grain of scepticism unless proof to the contrary emerges.

Ini Edo’s Political Career

In 2016, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State nominated Ini Edo as the special assistant to the governor of Akwa Ibom State on culture and tourism. Ini Edo has remained in her assistant post after Udom Emmanuel was re-elected governor of Akwa Ibom State on May 29, 2019. This is one of the reasons she hasn’t been in many films in recent years.

Ini Edo’s Net worth

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There is no reliable information on Ini Edo’s net worth. According to many blogs, the celebrity actress has a net worth of millions of dollars. According to one site, Ini Edo will be worth around $2 million in 2020. Meanwhile, another website thinks she is worth even more, putting her net worth at $2.4 million.

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