Her mother was a school teacher, while her father was a church elder. She was raised in a strict and intensely religious household, which made sure she developed into the kind girl we all adore.
Even though her parents kept a careful eye on her to make sure she didn’t lose her way as she was growing up, she was the most obstinate member of her family.
Ini who is a Calabar native, graduated with a diploma in theater arts from Cornelius Connely College before continuing her education at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom. She continued on to the University of Calabar, where she graduated with a degree in English Language.
Ini and Phillip Ehiagwina, a Nigerian businessman living in the US, were legally wed in a church ceremony in Nigeria in November 2008. In February of the following year, the ceremony was performed in Houston, Texas, where her husband now resides. But, it had little effect on keeping her married. The 6-year union broke down in 2014, and the former Mrs. Ehiagwina disputed accusations that she had strayed on her husband while citing “irreconcilable disagreements” as the primary cause of her divorce. It was reported that the stunning actress kidnapped her spouse away from Ruth Okoro, who was previously wed to Philip Ehiagwina. She is the owner of a house in Lekki, Lagos, estimated to be worth up to 70 million Naira. She enjoys clubbing and owns a number of fairly costly cars.
She attended an audition with a friend during a school strike, which marked the beginning of her career in Nollywood.
The movie “Child of Destiny” cast her in the lead role. Nevertheless her breakout role came when she acted in the film, ‘World Apart'(2004) and since then she has not looked back, going on to play in more than 100 films such as ‘Games women Play’ Games Men Play and the sequel ‘Reloaded’.
Ini Edo is surrounded by wealth with a net worth of an estimated 60 million Naira thanks to her involvement in more than 150 films, several endorsements, and other projects.
Her sponsorships include agreements with Noble Hair, Slim Tea, a 10-year stint as a brand ambassador for GLO, among many more.
She also agreed to become the spokesperson for the well-known juice company Chivita. When Ini served as executive producer of the movie “Memory of my Heart,” a new phase in her career began.
Ini Edo was appointed as a youth ambassador by the executive director of the new United Nations Habitat Youth Envoys in 2011, with Ramsey Nouah and another Bollywood celebrity, Vikram Vinod.
The appointed celebrities, according to the director, were expected to engage in urban issues while also assisting the UN organization in bettering the lives of young people around the world.
In the UK’s 2013 Miss Black Beauty pageant, she served as a judge. This well-known Nollywood actor was named as one of the judges for the 2013 Miss Black UK Beauty competition in 2013.
In 2016, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel appointed her to the position of Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Culture and Tourism.
Ini Edo is a producer and she has produced films like: Heaven on my mind, Knocking on heaven’s door, Echoes of Love, Memories of my heart and many more. She has also acted in the following films:
- The One I Trust
- World Apart (1&2)
- Still In Love (1&2)
- Not Yours
- Negative Influence
- Millionaire’s Daughter (1&2)
- Love Crime (1&2)
- Love & Marriage
- I Swear (1&2)
- Indulgence (1&2)
- Indecent Girl
- Men Do Cry (1&2)
- Lonely Heart (1&2)
- Faces of Beauty (1&2)
- Fatal Seduction (1&2)
- One on One
- My Confession
- War Game (1,2&3)
- Live to Remember
- Emotional Blackmail (1&2)
- Worth Enemy and Many More…
Ini Edo has been nominated for several awards for her contribution in the film Industry. Some of the awards she won include;
- Best Actress Leading Role, Best Nollywood Awards, 2009
- Best Actress Indigenous, Zulu African Film Academy Awards, 2011
- Honorarium Appreciation Award, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2012
- Best Act Female (English), Cross River Movie Award, 2013
- Female Viewers Choice, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2013
- Best Supporting Actress, Nollywood and African Film Critics Award (NAFCA), 2013
- Best Actress – Africa Collaboration, Ghana Movie Award, 2015
- Best Actress In Leading role at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2012
- Female Viewers Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2012
- Best Actress Leading Role at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2014
- The Best Comedic act at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2014
- Best Actress-Viewers Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2014
- Best Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2015
- Female Viewers Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2015
- Best Actress Leading Role at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2015
- The Best Actress in a Comedy at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2016
- Best Actress- TV Series at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2016
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