Edit Content

Ini Edo – Biography, Movies And Net Worth Of A Famous Nollywood Actress


Iniobong Edo Ekim is a Nigerian actress, producer and entrepreneur. She began her film career in 2000. Today, Ini Edo has appeared in over 100 films, and is one of the richest and highly paid actresses in Nigeria. Indubitably, she is a famous actress in the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood.

See Also: Stephanie Okereke – Biography, career and movies of a screen goddess.

Ini Edo
Photo Credit: 360dopes
Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don't Have An Idea
Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don’t Have An Idea

Ini Edo Background

Ini Edo was born on April 23, 1982 in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. She was born as the second of four children, into a family where there was strict upbringing. Her father was an elder in the Church, and her Mother, a Teacher. Ini Edo attended Cornelius Connely College, Uyo. She then moved to the University of Uyo where she graduated with a Diploma in Theatre Arts. Thereafter, to the University of Calabar for a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Then in 2014, she was awarded a scholarship to study Law at the National Open University of Nigeria.

See Also: Biography and business life of Genevieve Nnaji.

Personal Life Of Ini Edo

Ini Edo got married to an American-based Nigerian businessman, Philip Ehiagwina in 2008 but got divorced in 2014.

Ini Edo loves dancing in her spare time, and she loves reading novels and watching films.

See Also: Biography, life style and business ventures of Mercy Johnson.

Early Career

Ini Edo’s career in acting kick-started in 2000. Luckily, a producer discovered her in an audition and she launched into the African movies in 2003, with a debut appearance in Thick Madam. In 2004, she rose to stardom after featuring in the film, World Apart.

See Also: Biography and philanthropic venture of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.

World Apart

World Apart is a romantic comedy movie that raised Ini Edo to stardom. It starred Ini Edo as a village girl, named Ulima. It featured Kenneth Okonkwo as Prince Promise, Hilda Dokubo; Rhoda, Liz Benson; Queen Mirabel, and Laz Ekwema as King Idoto, e.t.c. It was directed by Tchidi Ebere.

In the movie, Ulima the village girl is taken to the city to live and help her uncle. Initially, the whole city looked too amazing to her. Along the line, she fell in love with Prince Promise, but the Queen was against her as a daughter-in-law.

However, Prince Promise transformed Ulima and afterwards, took her to the Queen. This time, he introduced her as an ambassador’s daughter. The Queen joyfully accepted her, not-knowing it is the same girl she rejected. Eventually, the Prince revealed Ulima’s true identity and this left the mother no choice than to apologise for her initial refusal of the union.

See Also: Young entrepreneurs in Nigeria across different industries.

Ini Edo Philanthropy

Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days
Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days

Ini Edo visit orphanages with gifts for the orphaned. For example, she visited an orphanage home, Heart of Gold Children’s Hospice, Surulere, Lagos. She went to the home to spend quality time with the children including the ones with disabilities and special needs. Ini Edo pledged some fund for the children’s upkeep and pleaded for more support for the foundation on her social media page, while commending the foundation’s efforts.

It is because of her philanthropic activities that United Nations appointed her as the UN Habitat Youth envoy in 2011.

Photo Credit: Beforeblog.com

See Also: Biography, net worth and songs of Davido.

Endorsement Deals & Politics

In 2006, Ini Edo became a brand ambassador to Globacom and the deal lasted for 10 years. Also, she signed a deal with Chivita, a popular Juice manufacturing company to be the face of the brand.

Ini Edo is an ambassador for Slim Tea Nigeria. She also signed a deal with Noble Hair in 2010.

In 2013, She was appointed a Judge for the Miss Black Africa United Kingdom Beauty Pageant.  

Since 2016, Ini Edo holds the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel on Culture, Entertainment and Tourism.

See Also: Mo Abudu – Biography, life and achievements of a media mogul.

Ini Edo
Photo Credit: BuzzNigeria

Ini Edo Net Worth

According to NiajaQuest.com in January 2019, Ini Edo’s net worth is N450 million, and she is one of the richest and highest paid actress in Nigeria. She is said to own the Mimz Lounge in Lagos, Lekki. She has also ventured into many other types of business like her shoe collection venture and pastry business which she called: Ini Delicious Bread. Although, her pastry business is said to have closed down after the divorce with her husband, Philip.

See Also: Biography and business life of an internationally acclaimed movie producer: Tunde Kelani.

Ini Edo Awards

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

See Also: Biography, net worth, songs and entrepreneurial journey of Burna Boy.

Her Nominations are:

  • 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

See Also: Biography of Folake Coker, the founder of Tiffany Amber

Ini Edo
Photo Credit: Aburi Media

Ini Edo Movies

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
  • Mothers-in-Law
  • Millionaire’s Daughter (1&2)
  • Love Crime (1&2)
  • Love & Marriage
  • Legacy
  • 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

See Also: Biography and business life of Funke Akindele.

Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life Of Ini Edo

Understand your value

Ini Edo is a highly paid actress in the Nigerian movie industry. In one of her interviews, she mentioned what she looks out for before accepting to feature in a movie. This can also be applicable to entrepreneurs. You need to be specific on the kind of businesses and collaborations you venture into.

Empower People

Ini Edo stated how she featured newbies like Adesua Etomi and Blossom Chukwujekwu in Knocking on Heaven’s Door, the movie that moved them to stardom. Also, as entrepreneurs doing business, you should always share knowledge and build other people up. By so doing, our economy will grow.

Try New Things

Explore new areas. Ini became a producer to spice things up and get a seat at the big table. This is summarised in the words of C.S Lewis, “you never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.”

Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, let us help you go through it with our services.

To keep track of our activities, follow us on social media.



1 thought on “Ini Edo – Biography, Movies And Net Worth Of A Famous Nollywood Actress”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join Entrepreneurs Family

No spam, only business insights and tips. 

Entrepreneurs Sign Up

Business Registration

Most Popular

Join Entrepreneurs Family

No spam, only business insights and tips. 

Entrepreneurs Sign Up

Related Posts

How to build a strong personal brand

4 Awesome Ways to Build a Strong Personal Brand

To build a strong personal brand, you have to be intentional. A personal brand is the unique combination of skills, experiences, and personality that you want the world to see. It’s the telling of your story, and how it reflects your conduct, behaviour, spoken and unspoken words, and attitudes. In

How to grow a side hustle

How to Grow Your Side Hustle Into a Successful Business

Many people start side hustles to earn extra income. But what if your side hustle could become your main source of income? Growing a side hustle is a skill. Do you have what it takes to grow a side hustle? If you don’t, we got you. Transforming your side hustle

Best sales books for entrepreneurs

Best Sales Books for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

One effective way to stay ahead of the competition is by updating your knowledge in sales. There are a lot of sales books tailored to entrepreneurs. In this article, we will look at the best sales books for entrepreneurs. These books provide valuable strategies that can significantly impact business growth.

Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

5 Key Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs to Have

Entrepreneurs often wear many hats, but effective leadership is what binds everything together. Strong leadership skills can transform a fledgling startup into a thriving business. In this article, we will talk about the leadership skills every entrepreneur needs to succeed. Leadership for entrepreneurs are not just about managing people. They

Scroll to Top

Join Entrepreneurs Family!

Get access to FREE business insights and funding opportunities daily.

Entrepreneurs Sign Up