Ini Edo was born on April 23, 1982, in Calabar. She is from a modest family among one brother and two sisters. She has a diploma from the University of Uyo (Theatre Arts) and a degree from the University of Calabar (English). She has featured in more than a hundred movies, acting the lead role in more than one of them. Ini Edo is beautiful, she was married, she has a successful career, plus numerous moments of controversies. Some of the facts about her are sometimes muddled up and mostly unknown. Here, we bring five of some of the lesser-known facts about the superstar.
1, Thick madam is not her first movie
Against popular belief making rounds in the media, Thick Madam is not the first movie Ini Edo featured in. Thick Madam might be her first major act, but it is not the first. Passing the movie as her first is an obvious contradiction surprisingly lost to many sites. Ini Edo began her acting career in 2000 after a purported producer discovered her talent and featured her in his movie, three years before Thick Madam.
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2, She fought Oge Okoye for years
Oge Okoye and Ini Edo were best of friends, for many years, the two were part of the so-called four musketeers that included RukkySanda and EbubeNwagbo. But Ini and Oge had a stronger bond, between them so much inseparable this couple was that Oge Okoye was the only Ini Edo’s friend to make the trip to Houston, Texas, to witness the latter’s wedding to American based big boy Philip Ehiagwina.
The couple was not that inseparable after all, for, in 2011, rumours surfaced that the two fought on a movie location in Festac. The reason for the fight is unclear but speculations pointed at Ini Edo’s husband whom Ms. Okoye was said to have eyed/had an affair with (depending on your source).
Further sources also accused Oge of being behind the leaks of Ini Edo’s private matters; the counter-accusation was that Ini Edo had used her connection to get Oge butted out of her lucrative Globacom endorsement. While this fight lasted Oge and Ini were never featured in the same movie nor invited as guests in the same events. The four musketeers became three as the quartet usually appears with Ini or Edo missing.
The feud came to an end in 2016 when Oge Okoye wished Ini Edo a happy birthday, calling her “My day one buddy”.
3, She’s happily divorced
Ini Edo divorced her husband in 2014 after six years of marriage that was full of whispers, rumours and drama. The marriage had both sides accusing the other of extramarital affairs. For her ex-husband, domestic abuse was part of the unflattering list of his indiscretions. Perhaps, this defines the reason behind Edo’s obvious relief of being separated. She told Channels that she had no regrets about ending her marriage. While one cannot, in all honesty, refer to this insertion as a declaration of elation, her comments, however, leave rooms for such interpretation.
4, She had a narrow escape from the collapsed church in Uyo
In December 2016, a popular church the Reigners Bible Church collapsed killing worshippers whose figure is put from 27 to over 200. One of the people billed to be at the event which is the coronation of its bishop Akan Weeks is the actress Ini Edo. She missed the event and that saved her life.
Ini Edo took to Instagram to announce how she had been at the frustrating end of cancelled flights. Unable to fly directly to Uyo, she took a flight to Calabar than continued her journey by road. The journey which usually takes two hours took seven that day due to inexplicable traffic. She wrote:
“Whilst in the car, I started wondering why all my efforts to be at the service was being thwarted… then I got a call, that the entire church building had collapsed during the course of the service.” Then she understood and became gushes with gratitude.
5, She has had issues with pregnancies
In 2014, a certain Desmond Elliot Facebook account raised dust when it called for prayers for Ini Edo, writing that: “Many of us have laughed at her, insulted her, judged her without knowing the pains she goes through indoors.” Although Desmond Elliot immediately denied writing the post, the post went viral with more than 100 thousand comments on the post.
This post is symbolic of the six years of Ini Edo’s marriage. In the cause of her marriage, rumours had surfaced in more than a handful of occasions that the damsel was pregnant. None of these purported pregnancies came to fruition, apparently ending in miscarriages. In all, Ini Edo is said to have suffered three miscarriages. Her inability to successfully complete her fertility journeys said to have caused rancours between her and her husband’s people whom Ini Edo herself admitted were interfering in their last born child’s marriage.
Whatever the veracity of miscarriage rumours, Ini Edo had said she one of the reasons she got married early was to start a family. If she didn’t give birth in six years of marriage then it is only normal to suggest all wasn’t well with her in the aspect of fertility.