Iniobong Edo Ekim Popularly known as Ini Edo is a famous Nollywood actress, model, film producer and a philanthropist. She was born on 19th April 1982 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, in the southern part of Nigeria but grew in Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria. She is currently 35 years. She is the second child in a family of four children.
Her mother was a teacher and her father was a church elder. She had a strict upbringing by her parents. After her primary school education, Ini Edo attended Cornelius Connely College in Calabar for her secondary school education.
After her secondary school education, Ini Edo proceeded to University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria where she graduated with a National Diploma in Theatre Arts. After obtaining her National Diploma Certificate, Ini Edo went further to University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
After her graduation from the university, Ini Edo joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 2000. In 2004 she rose to fame after acting in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “World Apart” alongside with Kenneth Okonkwo and Lis Benson. She has featured in more than 200 Nollywood movies which include World Apart, Thick Madam, Royal Gift, Blind Kingdom, Ghetto Queen, Power of Beauty, etc. In 2014 she got a scholarship to study law at National Open University of Nigeria.
In 2013, she was announced as judge for the Miss Black Africa United Kingdom Beauty Pageant. Due to her philanthropic gestures, the United Nations appointed her as the United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy. Ini Edo has been a GLO brand ambassador for over ten years from 2006 to 2016. She is currently the highest paid actress in Nigeria.
In 2010, she was named the brand ambassador of noble hair. Ini Edo is currently the brand ambassador of Slim Tea Nigeria. In 2016, Ini Edo was appointed The Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture and Tourism. She has won several movie awards which include Best Actress of the year at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Most Prominent Actress in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Ini Edo is currently one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $3 million.