Ini Edo (born 23 April 1982) is a Nigerian actress. Ini Edo began her film career in 2000 and has featured in more than 100 movies since her debut. In 2013, Ini Edo was a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant. In 2014, Miss Ini Edo was appointed by the United Nations as a United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.
Early life and education
Ini Edo is an Ibibio from Akwa Ibom State in the south-south part of Nigeria, not far from Calabar. Her mother was a teacher, and her father a church elder. Ini Edo had a strict upbringing, the second of four children, three girls, one boy. She attended Cornelia Connely College in Uyo. She graduated from the University of Uyo where she got a Diploma in Theatre Arts. She also completed her bachelor’s degree program at the University of Calabar where she studied English. In 2014 she got a scholarship to study law at the National Open University of Nigeria.
Her acting career started in 2003 with her debut in Thick Madam. Ini Edo was discovered by a producer at the audition she attended. Her breakthrough came in 2004 when she acted in World Apart. She has appeared in over 100 films; Ini Edo is one of the most successful actresses in Nigeria. She earned a “Best Lead Actress” nomination at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in the movie “While you slept”.
Ini Edo, however, in 2017, made it clear that only hardwork can get one to the top in the Nollywood industry as there are many distractions. But she encouraged that with determination, one would get there.
In 2008, Ini Edo married Philip Ehiagwina an American-based businessman. The marriage ended in September 2014 after six years.
In 2014 Ini Edo got divorced from her husband Philip Ehiagwina.
- Ini Edo was GLO brand ambassador for ten years from 2006 to 2016.
- In 2010 she was named to be the brand ambassador of Noble Hair.
- Ini Edo is the brand ambassador of Slim Tea Nigeria.
- In 2019 she was signed as an ambassador for the @MrTaxi_NG brand.
Ini Edo was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture And Tourism by Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in 2016.
Ini Edo’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million, according to the list of richest Nigerian celebrities.