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BN Exclusive: UN Habitat Envoy Ini Edo’s Charity Initiatives, New Film “I’ll Take My Chances” & Brand New Promo Pics



2011 is definitely a transformative year for Nigerian stars! We especially love that many Nigerian stars are building their brands beyond their craft (music, movies etc…).

Ini Edo was recently appointed as a United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy and has taken steps to positively impact our society. In April 2011, Ini along with her husband Philip Ehiagwina, close friends and her management team Platform Inc visited the Dustbin Estate in Lagos. She brought gifts for the children including notebooks and packaged food. Going beyond the day visit, Ini has kicked off a campaign to build a school for the children in the estate. BN will bring you photos and Ini’s personal statement on her “lightbulb moment” which spurred her into action.

While her endorsement deals with Glo and Chi have helped to maintain her profile and media visibility; Ini’s first love is still acting though she has cut down on the number of movies which she features in to ensure that she only takes on jobs that in her words are of “substance and quality”. Ini stars in and executive produced her new movie “I’ll Take My Chances” with Emem Isong. The dance-themed movie also features Byran Okwara (Former Mr Nigeria), Sam Loco Efe and Canadian actress Ashleigh Clark. The movie will premiere in September 2011. Ini’s movie “Memories of My Heart” which premiered last year will hit cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana on the 14th of June 2011.

Ini’s team is also revamping her social media presence. They have confirmed that her legitimate facebook account is “Iniobong Ekim” and her twitter handle is @Ini4Phil. Ini’s official website will be relaunched soon.

Check out these brand new promo shots photographed by Kelechi Amadi-Obi and styled by Ezinne Chinkata.
Ini must have put in major time at the gym, she totally transformed her body over the last few months. Love the  contrast of the ’80s glam clothing and the beach setting.

Preview Clip for Ini Edo & Emem Isong’s New Movie – “I’ll Take My Chances”

Ini can be contacted through her Management Company, Platform INC and publicists Platform PR: [email protected] or [email protected]


  1. xadex

    June 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    She looks good yo!

    • Ujumama

      June 6, 2011 at 6:50 am

      yesn she does. buh she doesn’t have to be naked before we realize that fact. I just pray this nudity stops here! On;y God, knows how many men are sinning right now because of this!

  2. omar

    June 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    babe is endowed looks good alot

  3. BubblyBliss

    June 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Wow! Her body is bangin’!

  4. fashionconscious

    June 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    wow! well done Ini

  5. missmee

    June 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    wow!!! INI!!!

  6. Naira

    June 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    hmmmmm shaa oh!!!

  7. yehni

    June 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    She looks very different!!!!!

  8. teezamee

    June 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    hmmmnnnn!!! now dats wat i call booty…african woman…im so proud of u Ini

  9. partyrider

    June 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    thats wats up..
    shes looking good.

  10. talking drum

    June 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I love the 2nd, 3rd and last pictures. The girl’s body is banging!!!

  11. CarolRumbi

    June 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I want some of that, whats your secret o

  12. anthopadua

    June 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    men i must say dats sum hally berry luk babe

  13. Eva

    June 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    hmmm. dt is all i can say!

  14. Ginika

    June 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    She looks good-thinking to myself: “please tell me it is not the wonders of photoshop/airbrushing”- She looks really good. Kudos Ini.

    • OnPoint!

      June 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      not the photoshop wars agaiin?? enuf already on dis photoshop thingy! proper diet and gym can achieve dis body trust me…

  15. lovesamful

    June 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    whoooow she looks to good… just look how much weight she has lost….xxx good on her

  16. sweetie

    June 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is one hot smoking body, No more excuses for me, chei, TRES HOT!!!

  17. diva

    June 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    nice! the last pick was obviously photoshopped. i like the way she trimmed down. she looks better slimmer


    June 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm



  19. Uju G

    June 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Nice pics .. she looks really good!

  20. boluji

    June 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    wat kind of trailer is that is it a silent movie
    hmm the photo shoot ….. was okay she looks better wen she doesnt smile but i LOVE the red bottrom christine louboutons

    • xadex

      June 4, 2011 at 4:08 am

      you’re trying to insult someone yet you disgraced yourself, what is “christine louboutons”? please if you don’t know it, don’t say anything. better yet, google is your friend *hiss* it’s Christian Louboutin

    • Tolu

      June 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm


    • philomena

      June 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm


    • gbemi

      June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      lmaooooo..nice one mate!

    • philomena

      June 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      LOL Xanex u r too much

  21. Toriola

    June 4, 2011 at 1:20 am

    the topless one is my favorite…tastefully executed

  22. kenora

    June 4, 2011 at 1:40 am

    wow..she look good..she is more pretty then Gene…her shape is one in town..

  23. bamimor

    June 4, 2011 at 1:52 am

    how is that creative ? any girls from the street can do that init? what we want to see is creativitives. am not hating

    • krys

      June 5, 2011 at 5:09 am

      sorry i couldn’t help but point out that you used ‘innit’ in the wrong context

    • xyzee

      June 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      looooooool! nice

    • Ogg

      June 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Wat? It wasn’t used in d wrong context. Wat r u on about?

  24. El Bee

    June 4, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Work it girl!!

  25. nooooooo

    June 4, 2011 at 3:31 am

    wallahi beyonce aint got nothing on this chick!DAMN,.,.,.her shape in dat white skin tight dress!!lawwhammeerrcyyy!

  26. NAIJA VIX.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

    wow!! i never thought i would say this but she looks STUNNING!! her body is on point!!! its nice that she toned up!!

  27. nooooooo

    June 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

    waintin 4 dem holier than thou,.,.shez married preachers in 1,2,3,4,4 nd a half, 5,.,yup,.,..,there,.,go in,.,.

  28. Mabel

    June 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

    She actually looks her age now.

  29. sidney

    June 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Omg!ini is so pretty and is pretty much focused.doing her films,her dance flick seems like a classic,and ambassadorial appiontment is heavenly.babes dnt look back cos am sure ur haters ve hidden their faces in shame.pls keep tht hawt body banging.daaaaammmn.

  30. laremmy

    June 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

    pls why you bringing genny into this,of all her paparazzi pics you never said she was finer than genny now that she did a photoshoot she is finer than genny lol

  31. Tiki

    June 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Fabulous love…I love the topless pic most, on point and classy.
    By the way, please before you hate, make sure you are on point…and the first place to start is your spelling! I mean, ‘christine louboutons'(Christian Louboutin) and ‘creativitives'(Creativity)…really? SMH

    • tootie

      June 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      There is nothing classy about nudity.

  32. ufedo

    June 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

    the last picture is banging! i want to look like that.. i feel she toned what had always been there. She just needed to tone up a bit, glad she finally did and like mabel said, she looks her age now.

  33. mamav

    June 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

    She tried. Keep it up ini

  34. Osei

    June 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

    She reminds me if omosexy! Really nice pics…I love it! Only Omotola can beat this! Finally African sisters shiwing the world how we roll…Now my rating is 1. Omosexy 2. Ini edo 3. mercy Johnson ! Let the battle of the curves excaliate!no curves,no sex appeal!

    • chic

      June 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

      lol… you people are funny. is it only excaliate, exfoliate nko?

  35. Roli

    June 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    On the right track. She must adore OMO T cos I see she used her team ….kelechi and ezinne…nice…

  36. melvane

    June 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

    her hair is messy on the 1st pic but love the overalllllllllllllllllllll

  37. Temi

    June 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    thank God she sacked her pre-2010 stylist!!! Nice

    • eze

      June 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      i think ur more beautiful than her


    June 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    the last picture is obviously photoshopped, but she looks nice in the other ones.
    but for the second picture, wassup with that hair? looks like a mullet.


    June 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    good idea…she absolutely look gorgeous

  40. Ndidiamaka

    June 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – and i aint even homo. Everyone who knows me knows me knows my number 1 favourite actress is GN, but today in 2011 as we stand, i am bold to say, physically beautifully, Ini has surpassed and beat all of Nollywood Actresses when it comes to Physical Beauty. She got it all and then some. HOT Damn she looks good. Phil hold on tight. She looks toned, yet soft, not bony. Glad she didnt loose he butt. Some of Nollywood babes need to give her physical trainer a call.

  41. Ndidiamaka

    June 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I like that (what her PR people are doing) she unlike many nollywood ppl understanding the importance of social media and improving image as a brand. Many our too stupid in nollywood to invest in their BRAND IMAGE -theyd rather spend it on stinking weaves. Good for you Ini.

    • africhika

      June 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      very true. too many weavaholics

  42. dlapikin

    June 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    after all the wow! aren’t we glad she gave up the front-lace!?? Ini has always been a jewel!

  43. africhika

    June 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Ini Edo is a first class actress—she looks fabulous and she also looks humble.
    she’s my absolute favorite nollywood actress (followed by tonto dikeh) 🙂

  44. Omotola

    June 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    wow, she’s sweet but i hope this is not photoshop…lol, sweet!

  45. francex

    June 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Wow!….she looks great…….keep it up….nice work though not ur [email protected] amadi

  46. amethyst

    June 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    omg the weightloss is amazing

  47. udy

    June 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    u luk gud

  48. taiwo

    June 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    that’s my girllllllllllllllll she look gorgeoussssssssssssssss

  49. Tochi

    June 5, 2011 at 12:50 am

    she looks good, but i don’t see the point in the topless photo

  50. nita

    June 5, 2011 at 1:07 am

    So please why do people say mercy johnson is nigeria’s beyonce
    Or even omotola. Forgive me, if I’m wrong but those two have nothing
    On Ini.
    I mean I always knew she had a gud body but…….AHN! AHN!
    That’s my gir”. We calabar babes ROCK!!! Shikena.

  51. chidima

    June 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

    The management, stylist and pr team of Ini are doing great job. No room to complain. Keep it up.

  52. nita

    June 5, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Sorry I meant, girl*

  53. Obi

    June 5, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Beautiful. Photoshopped or not (only the profile shot with the white dress looked PS’d) she looks beautiful. She sure is selling her image as a serious business woman. And in the words of Ndidiamaka … not spending her money on “stinking weaves”.

  54. tanya

    June 5, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Looking good girl, super fly.


    June 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

    by the way, BRYAN IKENNA IS SO FINE! so yummu yummy in my tummy. 🙂

  56. ty

    June 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Chai, ini edo is african kim kardashian oooo

  57. ray

    June 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

    My giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrl, finally, you’ve shown them what you’ve been hiding, they needed to see bare before they accept you’re sexy, since they want it so , bring it to the table, so can see clearly……….. clearly you beat my imagination, damn!!! you’re hoooooooooooooooooooot.

  58. Alty

    June 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    actually, ini is d KIM KARDASHIAN…well not that she is plastic oh! but the shape thing


      June 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      now you’re just pushing it. i swear if i see any stomach on ini in her recent films, you know what that means, PHOTOSHOP!

  59. call_it_as_i_see_it

    June 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    dayyuuummmnnn! na in be dat?????!!!! choi! mehn she try for dat body no be smalll ooh!
    bt why do i feel like her hubby will b worried, lol!

  60. call_it_as_i_see_it

    June 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    dayyuuum! na ini be dat???! ewooo! kaii…dis babe try for us oooh!
    bt y do i feel like some peeps will be worried, lol!

  61. pmi

    June 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    ini babe u ave tried.its not easy atall.dats wat we r talking about.u r now officially sexy.

  62. Mary007

    June 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Not my cup of tea. For me its a NO

  63. shalewa

    June 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    so loving the topless pic.thats one hell of a going 2 start gyming.see inspiration.kai.

  64. nig

    June 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Now it’s a contest of INI AND MERCY J

  65. mercy

    June 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

    “Let the battle of the curves excaliate!”…..really?? Lol.
    Looking good Ini.

  66. chi chi

    June 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    i really want 2 c her go far with her UN ambassadorial appointment. Our stars should be thinking about using their status in giving back 2 d society in some way. Ini looks different and really good. (no point in the topless photo though)

  67. dewowo

    June 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    @Tochi, exactly my point!

  68. Love Dan

    June 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ini, u are naturally endowed with natural beauty. (whether fat or slim)

  69. anitttta

    June 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    This is HOT….no, lemme rephrase….THIS IS HAWTTTTTT!!!!
    This is some serious sexy pix!!! Go girl….

  70. ifeoma-adiagwuagwu

    June 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ini edo looks good. end of Story 🙂

  71. tyna

    June 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Everey one will appreciate u cos u ar beautiful even if u go nude as long as u hav gud body to show fr it bt d truth is , wht is beauty if we cn nt hide our dignity frm d world n still luk pretty outside …… God i admire her pretty face bt she doesn’t hav to go all out to show are nakedness to d world cos alot of pplpe see u as a role model bt nt when u ar naked…… its nt worth it

  72. Tobechi_daniel

    June 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

    The third and last photographs are okay. The others are not up to par. The posings and the angles do not enhance the photographs.

  73. Dee Mist

    June 6, 2011 at 11:33 am


  74. moi!

    June 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    There are very intelligent and young Nigerians who would have been better choice for UN envoys. Sometimes its makes you wonder who these people really want as role models for the youth and children.We certainly don’t need the ones that parade half naked.She is a good actress though but i wonuldnt recommend her to be a UN envoy.


    June 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ini Edoh looks hot in the pics but the last one i don’t understand, if you’re going to do nudity do it well, the picture could have been more tasteful…still she lost all that weight and she is loving her new body i hope her husband approves. nice pics

  76. harry

    June 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    She looks good.. but there’s is something about her that doesnt do the cut for me… Like a village wannabe.. no offence,but Ini doesnt really clean up nicely,not saying she aint pretty,but the vibe she gives out hmmmm…she doesnt have that Celeb attitude

  77. Abike

    June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    absolutely beautiful….. love evryone including d half nude…. hmm very tastyyyyyy….

  78. Lil miss sunshine

    June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Geez is that Ini? her body is sick…Ini i am sorry for any nasty snide remarks i may have made in the past…you clean up nicely. thumbs up

  79. Biobele Obenney Joy

    June 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Ini, is my girl and she look good on are cloths but she must not go naked as an Africa lady, modality is appreciated.

  80. Bella#1

    June 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Ini Edo did a GREAT job…this is to show that anyone can loose weight and get the “beach body” they’ve always wanted!


    June 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm


  82. Asabi

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Photoshopped or not…it’s good to finally see Ini step it up a whole load of notches! Photos very well done. She looks classy for once and not trashy.

  83. Jade

    June 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Lovin it, Ini… Gud job

  84. Truth Teller

    June 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Ini looks great. beautiful face, lovely body, but the topless photo is very very may hate me all you want but I keep saying this, picture your wife, sister, sister in-law, or a very close female to you topless, would you still call that sexy especially if she’s married?

  85. mary E

    June 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Fine postures. But the nude picture pls? Was it a must she did that and could this be somebody’s wife?
    I doubt it!

  86. Susan

    June 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    hypocritical heffas. Yall musta forgot that Genevieve had the same bare back photos in MADE MEN magazine few years ago. So why you coming down hard on Ini – is it because hers looks sexier

  87. Tess

    June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    wow…….is Ini this beautiful??????????? she looks real good

  88. lala

    June 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm


  89. Truth Teller

    June 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I have a problem with the likes of you Susan. bear in mind that no one is hating on Ini. there’s no deniying her soaring status,beauty and all…I’m neither jealous of Ini, nor praying to be like her. I do appreciate her work but it is not appropriate for an african – nigerian married woman, to appear like that in public,kapeesh! I really have a problem with people that think that you’re hating on others once you have a different view, pls spare me!

    • Susan

      June 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      She is not the first nor would the the last to have a bare back photo. You are simply picking on the girl – leave her alone. Genevieve did it, and that other lady who owns a magazine (wachmachallit – i forgot her name – the light skin lady i think her name is Madupe) she did the same thing. Ini this Ini that. Na Wah for you. She can never please you all. Leave her the hell alone. Its amazing to me there are 5 odd photos of her and you choose to pin point and only focus on her bareback photo – and i think i know the reason why. Its that triple back fat (we understand ur situation dont worry) – summer is out – hit the gym. She worked hard for hers, work hard for yours too and maybe u might wanna take a bare back photo or wear a bare back dress. PURE JEALOUSY.

  90. Lola X

    June 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    She’s a Nigerian treasure. Nice to see girls taking risks!

    Lola x

  91. neisah

    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This girl is simply Stunning 3rd pict is a beast shows what a beautiful girl is, topless was tastefully done. FIERCE

  92. jezz

    June 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Doesn’t hold much for me

  93. xyzee

    June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    na wa, every small thing is photoshop. abegi.

  94. eloho

    June 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    wow! she looks stunning! in d green dress she looks angelic and the semi-nude one…mmm…i’m speechlesss! thumbs up dear!

  95. Truth Teller

    June 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    @Susan I still have problems with the likes of people like you. It’s not only ridiculous but also stupid for you to conclude that because some people don’t like Ini’s backless photo, they’re fat with a triple decker back. I HATE to refer to myself on sites like this because I can’t proove anything I write, we’re all pretty much anonymous here and very few of us know each other,nonetheless, I am grateful the way I am with a very proportionate body, very! If someone does not have the same opinion with you,it does NOT make that person a HATER or JEALOUS, we are ALL entitled to our opinion …That said, there’re thousands of women on this site , some fat, some slim ,some models, many with great fantastic bodies; curves and lovely bodies are not limited to nollywood alone, so your conclusion my dear is soooo wrong, and besides, not everyone wants to go backless! (I’m saying this writing insinuating wrapping the whole body like a gift)
    You mentioned Genevieve and some other lady in backless photo shoots. ehen, and so what? that’s for you folks that practically worship Genevieve. I never thought that was sexy, I mean going backless. The emphasis on the backless photo is because Ini’s status is rising, she’s an ambassador and the whole world is watching, young girls would want to be like her,every tom, dick and harry will see her like that for free. ..driver, maid, plumber. Anyone can pose nude for all I care if they so desire, but should watch under what context, especially if you are a role model. consider this saying; now before you all cut off my neck, the author did not imply literal nudity, in other words, i’m not sayng Ini was “naked” or “nude” but pretty much there. “Clothes make the man. naked people have little or no influence on society, Mark Twain” …
    My conclusion:1. Ini is beautiful ther’s no denying that fact.
    2. She has worked very well on herself and her body looks great, there’s no denying that fact.
    3. Ini is a great actress
    4. The backless photo was just not necessary
    nuff said!

  96. Anita

    June 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    sexiness overload proud of ma chicka Ini muah

  97. zaquisha

    June 13, 2011 at 3:26 am

    what sorta trailer is that anyway??? doesn’t say much about the movie…and it sure doesn’t make me feel like watching it…

  98. gbemi

    June 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    i pretty much enjoy reading these comments esp the ones that go back and forth…i actually made pop corn….lool

  99. DG

    June 22, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Ini is so pretty!! Love the third photo.

  100. princess okafor

    July 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    i love it,and u look good ok

  101. rukevwe umukoro

    September 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    ini is always looking great

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