Iniobong Edo Ekim popularly known as Ini Edo is a famous Nollywood actress, model, film producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a television personality. She has been regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She is always known for featuring in romantic, sorrowful and action thriller movies.
Ini Edo is one of the most beautiful actresses in Nollywood. She has been in the industry for over a decade. She always plays the role of a maid, house help, president daughter, royal princess, palace maid, independent corporate young lady, romantic house wife, girlfriend and a self determined young lady in several Nollywood movies.
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. She started acting at a very tender age. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
As a kid Ini Edo dream was to become an actress. She completed her primary school education in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in the south southern part of Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her primary school education, Ini Edo attended Cornelius Connely College in Calabar, Cross River State in the south southern part of Nigeria for her secondary school education and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate. While still in secondary school she was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing arts.
After completing her secondary school education, Ini Edo proceeded to University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State in the south southern part of Nigeria where she graduated with a National Diploma (OND) in Theatre Arts. After obtaining her National Diploma Certificate in University of Uyo, Ini Edo went further to University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language.
While still in the University of Calabar as an undergraduate Ini Edo began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood movies. After her graduation from the university, Ini Edo joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally in 2000 and started playing minor role in movies. In 2004, Ini Edo rose to fame after acting in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “World Apart” a movie she starred alongside with Kenneth Okonkwo and Lis Benson.
Ini Edo aside from acting is also a model and a reigning queen. In 2013, she was announced as a 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 and also one of the most outspoken actresses in Nollywood.
In 2005, her role as a maid in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “World Apart” won her the award for Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Ini Edo has featured in more than 250 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include World Apart, Thick Madam, Royal Gift, Blind Kingdom, Ghetto Queen, Power of Beauty, and many more. In 2014, she got a scholarship to study law at National Open University of Nigeria but she declined the offer and focused her attention on film production.
Ini Edo in the cause of her acting career has won several awards both home and abroad. some of the awards she has won include Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actress in Nigeria (English) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actress in Comedy at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Award and Best Outstanding Actress in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Ini Edo currently has an estimated net worth of over $3 million, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than 3 million followers on her official Instagram account. In 2011, Ini Edo was honored by the Nigerian government with a National honor of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) which happens to be the highest award and honor given to a celebrity in Nigeria who has contributed immensely to the economy growth and development of the country through entertainment. Ini Edo has been married before but later divorced her husband due to misunderstanding that could not be resolved. She is currently single and hopes to get married again someday.
Ini Edo success in the Nigeria movie industry popularly known as Nollywood has earned her so many endorsement 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. Ini Edo is originally from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, but was born and bred in Calabar, Cross River State both in the south southern part of Nigeria. Her passion for acting made her to study Theatre Arts in the University.
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