Ini Edo Biography: Early Life, Age, Education, Relationship, Career, Nominations and Awards, Net Worth and More
Iniobong Edo Ekim populary known as Ini Edo is one of Nigeria’s most successful actresses who’s starred in more than 100 movies.
Proudly Nigerian, Ini Edo is also passionate about women empowerment and also helping upcoming actors in this cut throat industry.
Here’s a look at her rise to fame.
Ini Edo Age
Ini Edo Early Life
Ini Edo was born in Akwa Ibom state which is in the sourthen region of Nigeria.
Her mother was a teacher and her father was a well respected church elder in their region.
Ini Edo always wanted to be an actress from a very young age, but her father was not pleased with her career choice. Being an actress meant that she would leave home and travel to a lot of places and her father feared that people were going to take advantage of her.
Ini Edo comes from a family of four, three girls and a boy and she is the second born. Her older sister is Ukeme Edo and her young sister and brother are Ify and Eto Edo, respectively.
Ini Edo Education
Ini Edo attended the Cornelius Connely College in Uyo. She then aenrolled a the University of Uyo where she graduated with a Diploma in Theatre Arts.
She then went on to attend at the University of Calabar where she obtained her bachelor’s degree program in English. In 2014 she got a scholarship to study law at the National Open University of Nigeria.
Ini Edo Relationship
Ini Edo got married in a beautiful wedding ceremony to Philip Ehiagwina an American-based business man in 2008.
Sadly, the relationship ended in 2014 after six years. The relationship ended because Ini Edo couldn’t conceive at the time.
Ini Edo Career
Ini Edo made her debut in acting in 2003, when she appeared in the movie Thick Madam.
In 2004, she starred in World Apart which served as her big breakthrough in the entertainment industry.
- – 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
- – Chief Daddy
- – Heaven On My Mind
“Sober reflection of how far God has brought me. I was just a young girl who loved to act, never envisaged my passion would bring me this far. The journey, the trials, failures, mistakes, tribulations gave me the consistency and the staying power (still becoming). Allow yourself grow through the process, instant success is not sustainable. Follow your passion and not ‘THE TREND” in choosing a career. Be patient and be teachable, keep your head down and allow your work to speak for you…”
Ini Edo Awards & Nominations
Here’s a list of what she’s won over the years;
2011 – Best Actress Indigenous at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards (Won)
2012 – Female Viewers Choice at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2012 – Honorarium Appreciation Award at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Won)
2013 – Female Viewers Choice at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Won)
2013 – Best Act Female(English) at the Cross River Movie Award (Won)
2013 – Best supporting Actress at the Nollywood and African Critics Awards (NAFCA) (Won)
2014 – Best Actress Leading Role at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2014 – Best Comedic Act at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2014 – Best Actress – Viewers Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2015 – Best Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2015 – Female Viewers Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (Nominated)
2015 – Best Actress – Africa Collaboration at the Ghna Movie Awards (Won)
2015 – Best Actress Leading Role at the 11the Africa Movie Academy Awards (Nominated)
2016 – Best Actress in a Comedy at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (Nominated)
2016 – Best Actress- TV Series at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (Nominated)
2018 – Best Actress Award at the ZAFAA Global Awards
2019 – Best Narrative Feature at the African Women Arts and Film Festival Awards (Won)
Ini Edo Brand Edorsements
Ini Edo was the GLO brand ambassador for ten years from 2006 to 2016. Whilst she was still with GLO, in 2010 she was named as the brand ambassador for Noble Hair.
In 2019 she was signed as an ambassador for the @MrTaxi_NG brand. She is also the brand ambassador for Slim Tea Nigeria.
Ini Edo Controversy
Ini Edo’s hour glass figure was labelled as ‘fake’ as many slammed her for having undergone the knife.
Ini Edo Philanthropy
She started an empowerment program for young women with digital skills in Africa. The actress said the program is meant to avail more skills and resources to leading female entrepreneurs so as to assist them in advancing economic empowerment in today’s evolving digital space.
Not only that, Ini Edo was also appointed as the Special Assistant on Tourism Development by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
We love when our celebs do all they can to serve the community.
Ini Edo Fashion
No matter the occasion, Ini Edo is always on point. Here are few images where she shows her fans how to keep to keep simple, but classy and look like a million bucks.
You can always match that Louis Vuitton with Dolce and Gabbana