Iniobong Edo Ekim (listen) (born 23 April 1982) is a veteran Nigerian actress.[1][2][3] Ini Edo began her film career in 2000,[4] and has featured in more than 200 movies since her debut.[5][6] In 2013, Ini Edo was a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant[7] and De9jaSpirit Talent Hunt.[8][9] In 2014, Miss Ini Edo was appointed by the United Nations as a United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.[10]

Ini Edo
Iniobong Edo Ekim

(1982-04-23) 23 April 1982 (age 42)
Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Uyo
University of Calabar
National Open University of Nigeria
Years active2000–present
SpousePhilip Ehiagwina (2008-2013)(divorced)

Early life and education


Ini Edo is an Ibibio from Akwa Ibom state located in the south-south part of Nigeria, not far from Calabar. Her mother was a school teacher, and her father a church elder. Ini Edo had a strict upbringing, the second of four children, three girls, one boy. She attended Cornelia Connely College in Uyo, Nigeria. She graduated from the University of Uyo[11] 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.[4] In 2014, she got a scholarship to study law at the National Open University of Nigeria.[12]



Her acting career started in 2000 with her debut in Thick Madam.[citation needed] 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"[13]

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.[14]

In 2021, she debuted a luxury fashion and cosmetic brand called Secrets Of April, which offers High Fashion Apparel, beauty products and accessories for unique expressions, rich and famous.[15][16]

She represents the National Democratic Institute (NDI), an NGO that works to improve the efficacy of democratic institutions, as an ambassador.[17]

In 2023, Ini Edo produced ShantyTown, a 2023 Nigerian crime thriller released to Netflix on 20 January 2023.[18]

Ini Edo is among the Judges at De9jaspirit Talent Hunt she has so far anchored the first, second and third seasons.[19]

Personal life


In 2008, Ini Edo married Philip Ehiagwina an American-based business man. The marriage ended in September 2014 after six years.[20] Ini Edo had her first child, a girl through surrogacy in the year 2021[21]



She is the founder of GEMS (Girls Empowerment Mentorship Scheme) AFRICA an NGO built to support young women in different fields providing mentorship, skills acquisition and support. Through Gems Africa she has been able to touch the lives of over 10000 African girls across a broad spectrum of industries.[17]


  • Ini Edo was Glo brand ambassador for ten years from 2006 to 2016.[22]
  • In 2010, she was named to be the brand ambassador of Noble Hair.[23]
  • Ini Edo is brand ambassador of Slim Tea Nigeria.[24]
  • In 2019, she was signed as an ambassador for the @MrTaxi_NG brand.[25]

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.[26]

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2009 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress Leading Role (Yoruba) Won
2011 Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress Indigenous Edika Nigeria Won
2012 2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress In Leading role In a cupboard Nominated
Female Viewers Choice Herself Nominated
Honorarium Appreciation Award Won
2013 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Female Viewers Choice Won
Cross River Movie Award Best Act Female(English) Behind The Melody Won [27]
Nafca Best supporting Actress Weekend Getaway Won
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress Leading Role Nkasi The Village Fighter Nominated
Best Comedic act Nominated
Best Actress-Viewers Choice Nominated
2015 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress While you slept Nominated
Female Viewers Choice Nominated
2015 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - Africa Collaboration Won
11th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress Leading Role Nominated
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Desperate housegirls Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress - TV Series Nominated
2018 ZAFAA Global Awards Best Actress While you slept Won [28]
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Actress Nominated [29]
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Citation Nominated [30]
2023 2023 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress in a Drama Shanty Town Nominated [31][32]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Thick Madam
2004 World Apart Ulinma With Kenneth Okonkwo, Liz Benson and Hilda Dokubo
Eye of the Gods With Olu Jacobs, Stephanie Linus, Muna Obiekwe
Beautiful Faces With Stephanie Linus
2005 Ultimate Crisis With Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
The Begotten With Rita Dominic
Only Love Udoka With Rita Dominic and Olu Jacobs
Last Game With Rita Dominic
Desperate Billionaire Naomi With Rita Dominic and Kanayo O. Kanayo
Lonely Hearts With Stephanie Linus
2006 Girls Cot Eve With Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Uche Jombo
Secret Fantasy With Uche Jombo
Price of Fame Stephanie With Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
Married to the Enemy with Mercy Johnson, Desmond Elliot
Games Men Play with Chioma Chukwuka,Jimy Ike, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Dakore Akande, Kalu Ikeagwu,Chinedu Ikedze
2007 Sleek Ladies Cindy With Rita Dominic
Most Wanted Bachelor Brenda With Uche Jombo and Mike Ezuruonye
2009 Love Games With Uche Jombo and Jackie Appiah
Reloaded (2009 film) Tayo With Ramsey Nouah, Stephanie Linus, Rita Dominic, Nse Ike Eptim and Desmond Elliot
Live To Remember With Mercy Johnson
2010 White Hunters Tabita With Mercy Johnson, Funke Akindele, and Halimar Abubakar
Return of White Hunters With Mercy Johnson, Funke Akindele, and Halimar Abubakar
Mad Sex Amara With Uche Jombo, Johnpaul Nwadike, and Amaechi Muonagor
2014 Caro The Iron Bender Caro
Royal Gift'
Blind Kingdom'
2009 Native Son
2007 Ghetto Queen With Funke Akindele
2007 Power of Beauty Vera
2006 Political Control
2006 Ass on Fire
2006 Breath Again Pat
2017 The Patient Nurse Featuring Seun Akindele and directed by Sobe Charles Umeh
2019 Chief Daddy Ekanem Featuring Richard Mofe Damijo and directed by Niyi Akinmolayan
2020 Citation (film) Gloria
2023 Shanty Town Inem With 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
  • 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)

See also



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