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Iniobong Edo Ekim popularly known as Ini Edo is a Nigerian actress with over 14 years of acting experience. She is a popular Nollywood face and has starred in over 100 films till date.

EARLY LIFEIni is an indigene of Akwa Ibom State and she was born on April 19th, 1982. She is the second child out of four children. Her mother was a teacher and her father served as a church elder.

She revealed that she grew up in a strict a strict home in the midst of three siblings; three girls and one boy. Ini studied Theatre Arts at the University of Uyo where she earned a Diploma. She later studied English at the University of Calabar.In 2014 she got a scholarship to study law at National Open University of Nigeria.

ACTING CAREER

Ini Edo’s sojourn into Nollywood began way back in 2000 while she was still in university. She got her first movie role during a school strike when she accompanied a friend of hers to an audition for a part in the movie, “Child of Destiny”. She always says that even though she earned a degree in Theatre Arts, she never really set out to go into acting. She initially wanted to go into law or become a television presenter. She has now appeared in over 100 movies since she started acting. Her first movie was done in 2003 and it was called ‘Thick Madam’ however her breakout role was in a 2004 film titled ‘World Apart’. In 2007 alone she featured in about 30 movies. Other films she has starred in include: ‘Games Women Play’, ‘Games Men Play’ and ‘Reloaded’.

Her father was not in full support of her acting when she first started out as he wanted her to complete her education first. She was also very young at the time.

Currently, Ini is one of the highest paid Nollywood actresses and she has also delved into movie production. She had a first stint as a producer in 2010 when she co-produced and starred in a film, ‘Memories of my Heart’ with Emem Isong.

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CONTROVERSIAL MARRIAGE AND SEPARATION

In 2008, Ini Edo tied the knot with American-based Nigerian businessman Philip Ehiagwina. Her marriage was met with a lot of controversies as many claimed Iniobong stole her husband from his former wife, Ruth Okoro. The divorce between Philip and Ruth was messy and insultive words were traded between both parties. There were rumours in 2013 that the marriage was hitting the rocks as Ini was spotted at nightclubs in Lagos looking drunk and questionable. In 2014, she officially separated from Ehiagwina in a highly publicized breakup.

In January 2017, there were reports that she was allegedly dating oil magnate and CEO of Stanel Oil, Stanley Ugochukwu who was previously married as she was seen in Dubai with him on vacation.she however didnt comment on the allegations.

ENDORSEMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS

In 2013, she was announced as judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant. Ini has always donated generously to charities and helped the less privileged and due to her philanthropic gestures, The United Nations appointed her as the United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy in 2011.

With quite a lot of mouth-watering endorsements with big brands like Glo Nigeria, Noble Hair, Chivita, Inec, Slim Tea and EKO Restoration Foundation, Ini Edo is definitely one of the richest and most sought after actress in Nollywood as she acquired a N70 million mansion in Lekki and drives a Brand New Mercedes G-wagon AMG G-65 which cost a whooping N38 million.

In 2016, Ini Edo was appointed The Special Assistant To The Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture And Tourism, by Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in 2016 and is currently holding the office till date.

Ini Edo with her G-wagon

AWARDS

Best Of Nollywood Awards  2010 (Viewers Choice)

Golden Icons Academy Movie Award 2012 (Female Viewers Choice)

Ghana Movie Awards 2015 (Best Actress, African Collaboration)

Africa Movie Academy Awards 2015 (Best Actress Leading Role)

Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2016 (Best Actress TV Series)

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  1. annabella August 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    gud day

  2. ereola October 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I just love everything abt her. Very pretty lady with no airs around her.

  3. chris January 15, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    She is cool

  4. grace January 25, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    she is the best actress ever

  5. THOMAS January 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    i like ur movies

  6. Anonymous February 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

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  7. shantel February 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

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  8. emem February 11, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

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  9. emem February 11, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

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  10. Fungai stella chibswara February 14, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

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  11. vick February 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

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  12. taryroe March 4, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

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  14. taryroe March 4, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    madluv for you my rolemodel

  15. Judith March 26, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Luv Evritn Abt U Jst Wish 2 B Lyk U 1 Day

  16. monicah March 29, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    i lv ur movies so mach

  17. magdalene March 30, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    i like her bcs she pretty nd nice too nd she is for akwa lbom like me

  18. Anonymous April 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

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  19. Farida April 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    i love your movies so much

  20. Chummy April 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I luv ur style its makes run double mad.ma luv u very much

  21. Tinaye chacs April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Lyc ur styl

  22. AchiEng Nan June 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I lv u Ini u ar da best actrees

  23. Ada October 6, 2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Go girl,,,,,, your the best

  24. Anonymous October 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

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  25. siyama October 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

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  26. Karabo November 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Luv u girl take care

  27. CollinsKenya March 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    INI,,you are the best,,,,Ini Edo and Desmond Elliot,,the two are and will remain to be my examplers,,,,, love you guyz

  28. chacha April 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    good job ooh

  29. Anonymous April 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I love u Ini u are my rolemode. I wish to be with u one of thisdays