Ini Edo (born 23 April 1982 in Akwa Ibom) is a Nigerian actress.
She began her film career in 2000, and has featured in more than 100 movies since her debut.
In 2013, she was a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant.
In 2014, Ms. Edo was appointed by the United Nations as aUnited Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.
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 Uyo.
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 National Open University of Nigeria.
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.
She has appeared in over 100 films; she is one of the highest-profile actresses in Nigeria and Africa in general.
Towards the tail end of 2008 Ini Edo married to Philip Ehiagwina an American-based business man.
By September 2014 she walked out of the marriage after six years.
There were allegations and accusations of domestic violence.
- She 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.