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Ini Edo


There are a plethora of stunningly gorgeous and talented black women in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Notable names such as Ini Edo possess not only physical beauty but also immense fame, acting skills, and achievements. Ini Edo has become a renowned Nollywood celebrity due to her outstanding physical beauty, commendable acting abilities, affable character and undeniable success.

Consequently, she is regularly named among the Most Beautiful Nollywood Actresses, one of the finest actresses from Nollywood and one of the wealthiest celebrities in the industry. Ini Edo is widely celebrated for her acting roles in romantic, sorrowful, and action movies in Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry.

Full Name: Iniobong Edo Ekim
Stage Name: Ini Edo
Date of Birth: 23 April 1982.
Years active: 2000 – present.
Nationality: Nigerian
Relationship Status: Divorce (Philip Ehiagwina (2008–2014))
Residence: Lagos
Occupation: Actor
Twitter: @iniedo

Iniobong Edo Ekim (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.

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Early Life and Education.

Ini Edo is an Ibibio from Akwa Ibom state in the south-south region of the country. She was raised in a strict household by her parents, her father was a church elder and her mother was an educator. Ini grew up with three siblings – two girls and one boy. She attended Cornelia Connely College in Uyo, Nigeria.

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 2000 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. She earned a “Best Lead Actress” nomination at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in the movie “While you slept”

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Ini Edo, however, in 2017, made it clear that only hardwork, delight and dedication 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.

Personal life and Marriage

In 2008, Ini Edo married Philip Ehiagwina an American-based business man. The marriage ended in September 2014 after six years. Ini Edo had her first child, a girl through surrogacy in the year 2021.


  • 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 brand ambassador of Slim Tea Nigeria.
  • In 2019 she was signed as an ambassador for the @MrTaxi_NG brand.

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.

Awards and nominations

20092009 Best of Nollywood AwardsBest Actress Leading Role (Yoruba)Won
2011Zulu African Film Academy AwardsBest Actress IndigenousEdika NigeriaWon
20122012 Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsBest Actress In Leading roleIn a cupboardNominated
Female Viewers ChoiceHerselfNominated
Honorarium Appreciation AwardWon
20132013 Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsFemale Viewers ChoiceWon
Cross River Movie AwardBest Act Female(English)Behind The MelodyWon
NafcaBest supporting ActressWeekend GetawayWon
20142014 Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsBest Actress Leading RoleNkasi The Village FighterNominated
Best Comedic actNominated
Best Actress-Viewers ChoiceNominated
20152015 Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsBest ActressWhile you sleptNominated
Female Viewers ChoiceNominated
2015 Ghana Movie AwardsBest Actress – Africa CollaborationWon
11th Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest Actress Leading RoleNominated
20162016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Actress in a ComedyDesperate housegirlsNominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Actress – TV SeriesNominated
2018ZAFAA Global AwardsBest ActressWhile you sleptWon
2021Net HonoursMost Popular ActressNominated
Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe CitationNominated


2003Thick Madam
2004World ApartUlinmaWith Kenneth Okonkwo, Liz Benson and Hilda Dokubo
Eye of the GodsWith Olu Jacobs, Stephanie Linus, Muna Obiekwe
Beautiful FacesWith Stephanie Linus
2005Ultimate CrisisWith Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
The BegottenWith Rita Dominic
Only LoveUdokaWith Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
Last GameWith Rita Dominic
Desperate BillionaireWith Rita Dominic and Kanayo O. Kanayo
Lonely HeartsWith Stephanie Linus
2006Girls CotWith Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Uche Jombo
Secret FantasyWith Uche Jombo
Price of FameWith Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
Married to the Enemywith Mercy Johnson, Desmond Elliot
Games Men Playwith Chioma Chukwuka,Jimy Ike, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Dakore Akande, Kalu Ikeagwu,Chinedu Ikedze
2007Sleek LadiesWith Rita Dominic
Most Wanted BachelorWith Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
2009Love GamesWith Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
Reloaded (2009 film)TayoWith Ramsey Nouah, Stephanie Linus, Rita Dominic Nse Ike Eptim and Desmond Elliot
Live To RememberWith Mercy Johnson
2014Caro The Iron BenderCaro
Royal Gift’
Blind Kingdom’
Native Son
Ghetto QueenWith Funke Akindele
Power of Beauty
Political Control
Ass on Fire
Breath Again
2017The PatientNurseFeaturing Seun Akindele and directed by Sobe Charles Umeh
2019Chief DaddyEkanemFeaturing Richard Mofe Damijo and directed by Niyi Akinmolayan
2020Citation (film)Gloria
2023Shanty TownInemWith Chidi Mokeme, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Nancy Isime, Mercy Eke, Richard Mofe Damijo, and directed by Dimeji Ajibola.
  • 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
  • Weekend getaway
  • 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”
  • Citation (film)(2020)

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