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Ini Edo
Born Iniobong Edo Ekim
April 23, 1982 (age 35)
Akwa IbomNigeria
Alma mater
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000-present
Spouse(s) Philip Ehiagwina (2008–2014)[1]

Ini Edo is a Nigerian actress. She began her film career in 2000,[2] and has featured in more than 100 movies since that time.[2] In 2013, she was announced as a judge for the Miss Black Africa Uk Pageant.[3] Due to her philanthropic gestures, the United Nations appointed her as the United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.[4]

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. She had a strict upbringing, the second of four children, three girls, one boy.She attended Cornelius Connely College in Calabarfor her secondary school. 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.[5] In 2014 she got a scholarship to study law at National Open University of Nigeria [6]


Her acting career started in 2003 with her debut in Thick Madam. She was discovered by a producer at the audition she attended. Her breakthrough came in 2004 when she acted in World Apart. Up to now she has appeared in over 100 films, she is one of the highest-profile actresses in Nigeria and Africa in general


  • She has been GLO brand ambassador for ten years from 2006 to 2016 [7]
  • In 2010 she was named to be the brand ambassador of noble hair [8]
  • Ini edo is brand ambassador of SlimTea Nigeria [9]

Political appointment

Ini Edo was appointed as 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.[10]

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2009 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress Leading Role (Yoruba) Won
2011 Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress Indigenous Edika Nigeria Won
2012 2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress In Leading role In a cupboard Nominated
Female Viewers Choice Herself Nominated
Honorarium Appreciation Award Won
2013 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Female Viewers Choice Won
Cross River Movie Award Best Act Female(English) Behind The Melody Won[11]
Nafca Best supporting Actress Weekend Getaway Won
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress Leading Role Nkasi The Village Fighter Nominated
Best Comedic act Nominated
Best Actress-Viewers Choice Nominated
2015 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress while you slept Nominated
Female Viewers Choice Nominated
2015 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress – Africa Collaboration Won
11th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress Leading Role Nominated
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Desperate housegirls Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress- TV Series Nominated


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Thick Madam
2004 World Apart Ulinma With Kenneth OkonkwoLiz Benson and Hilda Dokubo
Eye of the Gods With Olu JacobsStephanie LinusMuna Obiekwe
Beautiful Faces With Stephanie Linus
2005 Ultimate Crisis With Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
The Begotten With Rita Dominic
Only Love With Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
Last Game With Rita Dominic
Desperate Billionaire With Rita Dominic and Kanayo O. Kanayo
Lonely Hearts With Stephanie Linus
2006 Girls Cot With Genevieve NnajiRita DominicUche Jombo
Secret Fantasy With Uche Jombo
Price of Fame With Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
Married to the Enemy with Mercy JohnsonDesmond Elliot
Games Men Play with Chioma Chukwukwa,Jimy Ike, Kate Henshaw-NuttalDakore AkandeKalu Ikeagwu,Chinedu Ikedze
2007 Sleek Ladies With Rita Dominic
Most Wanted Bachelor With Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
2009 Love Games With Uche Jombo and Jackie Appiah
Reloaded (2009 film) Tayo With Ramsey NouahStephanie LinusRita Dominic Nse Ike Eptim and Desmond Elliot
Live To Remember With Mercy Johnson
2014 Caro The Iron Bender Caro
Royal Gift’
Blind Kingdom’
Native Son
Ghetto Queen With Funke Akindele
Power of Beauty
Political Control
Ass on Fire
Breath Again
  • 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
  • One God One Nation
  • Pretty Angels
  • Red Light
  • Royal Package
  • Security Risk
  • Songs of Sorrow
  • Stronghold
  • Tears for Nancy
  • Unforeseen
  • Eyes of Love
  • Faces of Beauty
  • Indecent Girl
  • Indulgence
  • I Swear
  • Legacy
  • Love Crime
  • Love & Marriage
  • Negative Influence
  • Not Yours!
  • The One I Trust
  • Sisters On Fire
  • Royalty Apart
  • Never Let Go
  • End of Do or Die Affair
  • Darkness of Sorrows
  • Final Sorrow
  • Behind The Melody
  • Memories of The Heart
  • Royal Gift
  • Dangerous
  • Save The Last Dance
  • Battle For Bride
  • Caged Lovers
  • In The Cupboard
  • Hunted Love
  • Anointed Queen
  • A Dance For The Prince
  • Bride’s War
  • Tears In The Palace
  • Slip of Fate
  • At All Cost
  • Mad Sex
  • The Princess of My Life
  • Inale (2010)
  • I’ll Take My Chances (2011)
  • Nkasi The Village Fighter
  • Nkasi The Sprot Girl
  • The Return of Nkasi
  • Soul of a Maiden
  • “Blood is Money”


  1. Jump up^ “Ini Edo: Married But Living Single, Refuse To Join Her Husband In The U.S”Osun Defender, May 3, 2013, retrieved 2013-05-11.
  2. Jump up to:a b James, Osaremen Ehi (April 23, 2013), “Celebrity Birthday: Ini Edo Adds Another Year, Turns 31”Nigeria Films, NFC Media Group, retrieved 2013-05-11.
  3. Jump up^ Victor Enengedi “INI EDO ANNOUNCED AS JUDGE FOR THE MISS BLACK AFRICA UK PREGEANT”NET, August 19, 2013. Retrieved on 8 May 2014.
  4. Jump up^ “Nollywood meet Bollywood As UN-Habitat Appoints Youth Envoys.”, 14 April 2011 . Retrieved on 8 May 2014.
  5. Jump up^ “T.I.N MAGAZINE: Actress INI EDO Full Biography,Life And News” Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  6. Jump up^ “Ini Edo Gets University Scholarship & Admission To Study Law At NOUN”NaijaGistsBlog Nigeria, Nollywood, Celebrity ,News, Entertainment, Gist, Gossip, Inspiration, Africa. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  7. Jump up^ “Ini Edo thanks Glo as she steps aside as their ambassador – Nigerian: Breaking News In Nigeria | Laila’s Blog”Nigerian: Breaking News In Nigeria | Laila’s Blog. 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  8. Jump up^ “Noble Hair Range Unveil Ini Edo as the Brand Ambassador – Olori Supergal”Olori Supergal. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  9. Jump up^ “Actress Ini Edo Becomes Brand Ambassador for Slimtea Nigeria!”Linda Ikeji’s Blog. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  10. Jump up^ “Ini Edo appointed Special Assistant on Tourism to A’Ibom Governor |”TODAY. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
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