At the mention of Ini Edo, what crosses your mind? Of course: beautiful, talented, confident and one of the best actresses from Nollywood. We all know her for her first movie “thick madam,” but there’s a lot behind this glamorous face that you still don’t know. Some of the things you are about to discover about this actress are inspirational, but others are plainly human. And like we all know, it is human to err; so don’t judge. Just learn something from her story. With that in mind, we can now roll the curtain…
Ini Edo’s Bio, Age
Iniobong Edo who is from Akwa Ibom was born on April 23, 1982. She is the second born in a family of four – one elder cousin whom she considers her elder sister, a younger brother and a younger sister. Her sister works at a brewery in Ogun State, Ota. Her father was a church elder while her mother was a school teacher. She was brought up in a strict and very religious environment, which saw to it that she grew into the nice girl we all love.
You might confuse this pretty face with a daughter of a Nigerian Tycoon, but that’s not the case. The truth is; Ini Edo understands the trouble that every young Nigerian woman from a humble background goes through. She knows how it feels to sell coconuts to pay your fees or buy yourself Christmas clothes. And she does know all these by experience because that’s exactly what she used to do while growing up.
Growing up she was the most stubborn child in her family, even though her parents positioned a close eye on her just to ensure that she didn’t lose direction. Ini who grew up in Calabar attended Cornelius Connely College, after which she attended the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, and got a diploma in Theatre Arts. She then proceeded to the University of Calabar where she got a degree in English Language.
Even though she had no plans of getting into the film industry, she is pleased with the progress she has made so far in the industry.
Ini Edo began her acting career in 2003 when she starred in Thick Madam, however, the movie World Apart was what brought her to the limelight. Since her major breakthrough, the actress has featured in over 150 movies.
Net Worth, House
With over 150 movies, tons of endorsements and other endeavors Ini Edo is basking in riches amounting to an estimated net worth of 60 million Naira. Some of her endorsements include a deal with Noble Hair, Slim Tea, GLO brand ambassadorial deal which lasted for 10 years, and many others.
Ini Edo owns a house in Lekki, Lagos said to cost up to 70 million Naira. She also has some quite expensive cars to her name.
Marriage, Husband, Kids
This title is sure to raise eyebrows considering the controversial series of events relating to it. Ini Edo used to be married, however, the short-spanned marriage crashed unexpectedly.
In November 2008, Ini and a US Based Nigerian Businessman, Phillip Ehiagwina, officially got married in a church wedding in Nigeria and in February the following year, the wedding was repeated in Houston, Texas where her husband resides. But it did nothing to save her marriage. The 6-year marriage crashed in 2014 and the former Mrs. Ehiagwina cited “irreconcilable differences” as the major reason for her divorce and denied claims that she had cheated on her husband.
The beautiful actress was rumored to have snatched her husband from Ruth Okoro who was formerly married to Phillip Ehiagwina.
- Ini Edo loves clubbing. And she is not afraid to say it. Contrary to what most people would expect from a married woman, Ini Edo loves hanging out with friends and, hell yeah, shaking what her mama gave her… She is quick to point out that she doesn’t go clubbing every day, but anytime she gets a chance, her bed—maybe her husband’s—spends a night without her.
- She has played the lead role in over 60 Nollywood movies…She might have acted her first movie in 2003, but so far; the actor has more than 60 movies with her name inscribed on them. She has gradually been climbing the ladder of success to become one of the most revered and most-loved stars from Nollywood. Other than acting, the actor has been seen doing charitable works by assisting the less fortunate in the society.
- She was appointed by the United Nations Habitat as a youth ambassador. Alongside Ramsey Nouah and another star from Bollywood, Vikram Vinod, Ini Edo was appointed by the executive director of the new United Nation Habitat Youth Envoys as a youth ambassador in 2011. According to the director, the appointed stars were supposed to participate in urban issues and, at the same time, help the UN body improve the lives of youths all over the world.
- She was featured as a judge in the 2013 Miss Black Beauty pageant in the UK. In 2013, this world-renowned Nollywood star was announced as one of the judges in the 2013 Miss Black UK Beauty pageant. Others on the list included Jones Adebayo, Sporah Njau, Charles Ven, Justina Mutale, and Jenni Steele.