When we talk about an actress with the epitome of class, talent, and sophisticated beauty, Ini Edo aka Brown Sugar should be the first name that comes to mind.
The Iniobong Ekim Edo who’s popularly called Ini Edo has dominated the movie world for more than 2 decades, bringing smiles to people’s faces with her beauty and exceptional talent.
She has had her share of ups and downs, which I will be discussing now but in all, she has stood strong, weathering the storm in her life.
Ini is from the Ibibio-speaking part of Akwa Ibom, about 3 hours away from Calabar.
After her primary and secondary school education, she proceeded to the University of Uyo where she bagged a diploma certificate in Theatre Arts.
She later attended the University of Calabar where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English language.
Since then, she has held her destiny in her hand. Ini is a multi-millionaire actress and one of the richest in Nollywood currently. She has many houses and rides exotic cars.
Unlike other actors and actresses, she hardly shows off herself. Those who are close to her know that she’s very wealthy and influential.
Ini was born on April 23, 1982(age 41), in Akwa Ibom to Mr and Mrs Edo. Her father is a church elder and her mother was a teacher. She has 3 siblings(Ukeme, Idara, and Edo Jnr).
Edo’s journey started in 2000 after making her first appearance in “Thick Madam”.
Her groundbreaking performance in World Apart in 2004 shot her into the limelight.
In 2017, the dark-skinned actress noted that hard work, dedication, and consistency keep her moving in the world of Nollywood, a place filled with distraction.
For over 20 years, she has appeared in over 200 movies, giving exceptional performances. She has evolved and has embraced personal development and growth.
Some time ago, she noted that she doesn’t just star in any type of movie again, adding that the storyline of every movie is very important to her because she wants to portray a quality movie with a depth of artistic resonance.
Ini Edo started signing multi-million Naira deals in the early 2000s, making her one of the actresses with the highest deals in the history of Nollywood.
She signed an endorsement deal with Globalcom Nigeria in 2006, followed by Noble Hair, and then Slim Tea Nigeria. These are just a few.
In 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations as the United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.
In 2016, she was a special assistant on culture and Tourism to the former governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel.
Ini has a foundation called GEMS(Girls Empowerment Mentorship Scheme).
The charity organization has empowered over 10,000 African women and still counting.
Brown Sugar as she’s fondly called has been a judge on several episodes of De9ja Spirit Talent Hunt since its inception years ago.
She was also a judge at the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant.
Iniobong is still active in movie-making but not as she was in the early stage of her acting career.
She produced Shanty Town, a Netflix crime thriller released in January 2023. The blockbuster got positive reviews from movie lovers and film critics alike.
In 2021, she launched her cosmetic brand called Secrets of April.
Ini Edo is in a romantic relationship with Ik Ogbonna and kept it away from the media for long. This was confirmed by Nollywood Corner after she took to her official social media handle on January 11, 2024, to celebrate Ik’s 40th birthday.
She penned down an affectionate note, stating that he’s amazing, kind and loving to her. She said he has the purest heart and prayed that the universe aligns with his dreams and that the goodness of his heart will attract only the good things in this world.
She also prayed that his days will be filled with peace, joy and laughter, affirming that she loves him. “Happy birthday my love” she added. Then Ik replied to her, “Thanks, love you always”.
Ini Edo trended in early 2023 after Goerge Wade, the man who released Empress Njamah’s nude photos and videos, also released his conversation with Ini and dropped a video of her International passport.
Ini claimed she never had any ties with him and that he was denting his image.
She said George contacted her as a movie producer who wanted to cast her in his movie then during their conversation, he drifted from his main course and started proposing a relationship but she declined.
Ini Edo Siblings
Ini Edo Twin Sister
Ini Edo doesn’t have a twin sister but shares a striking resemblance with her elder sister, Ukeme Ekim Edo.
Ukeme is the CEO of Kemzeal Food (she sells crayfish, sea fish, and palm oil).
Ini Edo Brother
Edo Junior is Ini Edo’s younger brother. He’s a filmmaker, event manager, artiste, and producer.
Junior is the founder of Edojnr TV on YouTube.
Ini Edo Younger Sister
Ini also has a younger sister who looks very much like her. Her name is Idara Ekim Edo but she now bears the name, Idara JoeMark.
Idara tied the knot with her longtime lover, Joe Mark on November 25, 2014.
Ini Edo Parents
Ini has an aged father. Mr Edo was born on March 13, 1938. He’s 85 years old and her mother, Mrs Edo who looks quite young is in her 60s.
Who Is The Father Of Ini Edo Child?
Ini didn’t give birth through a man but through surrogacy in 2021.
Surrogacy is an arrangement often supported by a legal agreement whereby a woman agrees to delivery/labor on behalf of another couple or person who will become the child’s parents after birth.
How many children does she have
She has one daughter, Light. The other children are her sister’s kids.
Is Ini Edo Bleaching?
In September 2020, Ini shared a video of her face, looking light.
She added that she wasn’t trying to bleach but was experimenting with a skin care product that caused discoloration and eczema-like marks. The actress has gone past that now.
Has Ini Edo Married Before?
Yes, she was married to Philip Ehiagwina, an American businessman in 2008 and their union crashed 6 years later, on September 2014.
During her interview with a media personality, Chude in June 2023, she revealed that her family forced her to get married even though she was not ready then and that she regretted it.
Ini Edo added that she stepped out of a marriage she wasn’t happy in and chose a part of motherhood.
Is Ini Edo A Lawyer?
During her interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, she noted that she never wanted to become an actress but a lawyer or newscaster.
She said she loves watching the news and that she has always been in the art department right from secondary school.
Ini Edo said she went for a diploma in Theatre Art while waiting for JAMB to do Law then the opportunity of filming came through, adding that she was destined to be an actress.
Ini Edo has several houses in Nigeria and rides exotic cars. She’s worth 200,000 million Naira.
What is Ini Edo Doing Now?
Ini is currently in the UK and is on vacation with her daughter.
On August 14, 2023, she was spotted having a nice time with Rita Dominic, UK-based socialite, Gladyslasila, and a couple of others.
Ini Edo Best Friends
Rita Dominic, Chioma Chukwuka, and Uche Jombo are literally are best friends because she often spends time with them.