Ini Edo has been the face of the TV for a period running almost two decades. Nigerian born actress has dazzled us with her stunning beauty and acting prowess, we have come to recognise her as a face of Nollywood that oozes passion and glamour that we can’t afford to miss. Celebrities have come and gone; but for Ini Edo, she looks like she maintained consistency and professionalism which has catapulted her to become the most sought-after Actresses in Nollywood circles. That level of success compounded by the large number of fans behind her back is what led us to stare at awe to Ini Edo dead hoax stories that came as shock to many. Stick with me as I detail the events prior to the incident that made some people believe she was a victim.
Ini Edo death
Celebrities are held in high regards especially by their die-hard loyal fans. It would be unfathomable to conceive the idea that your favorite artist is no more. The void of talent left by the star can never be filled by any other star equally talented as the former. That is what exactly happened when some news back in 2016 became apparent that a church which Ini Edo was supposed to be in attendance had apparently caved in.
Her tremendous fan base in Nigerian and Africa could not comprehend the loss of one of the most talented actresses in Nollywood. No more of her impressive acting personality that makes us get hooked on the “Naija” movies. Before we delve whether Ini Edo is dead or not, let’s learn some few personal background facts plus her acting accomplishment.
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Snippets about Ini Edo Nigerian actress
Ini Edo is well known for her long-spanning career in Nollywood. She was discovered through an audition which she was successful in creating a lasting impression that saw her get chosen. The producer then included her as a cast in an upcoming movie. She kicked off her acting career back in 2000- her very first film being “Thick Madam” (2003). She has so far cast in 100 movies.
Her philanthropic motives has not gone unnoticed. As a recognition for aiding in film production in Nigeria, she was conferred the United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy by the United Nations. In addition, she was bestowed as Glo Ambassador by the telecom giant Globacom. She is also recently signed a deal to be the Face of Chivita, the popular juice manufacturers. As if that was not enough, she was declared as a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant.
She has in her regards received many endorsements including, GLO brand ambassador (2006 to 2016), the brand ambassador of both noble hair (2010), and SlimTea Nigeria.
This amazing actress walked down the aisle with an American-based Nigerian businessman, Philip Ehiagwina in 2008. Unfortunately the couple divorced in 2014 following domestic wrangles that included violence and cheating. The couple seems to have hit the rocks but you wouldn’t have believed they would part ways. Check these Pictures of Ini Edo funeral of former late mother -in -aw accompanied by her then-husband in 2013.
She hails from the Ibibio people of the Akwa Ibom state in the south-east of Nigeria. The actress mother is a teacher by profession while the dad happens to be a church elder. She is proud of her strict upbringing together with her three siblings.
Ini Edo wears many hats and this includes an academic-graduated from the University of Uyo with a Diploma in Theatre Arts plus a Bachelor’s Degree program in English at the University of Calabar.
After working her way up to Nollywood she has bagged over 60 movies she has featured as a lead role.
Ini is an advocate for charitable trusts. She doesn’t shy away from giving back to the society that looks up to her as both a favorite actress but also an ambassador community development through his philanthropic efforts to reach to the less fortunate.
The actress is claimed to be worth an estimated $2 million.
The events that transpired
On the fateful date of 10th December 2016, the rooftop housing the Reigners Bible Church International came down tumbling on the congregation. The majestic church is located in Uyo city in Akwa Ibom. The unfortunate incidents happened during the ordination of a bishop.
It is claimed from multiple sources that the incident claimed 50 to 200 casualties. It was just some few minutes into the consecration ceremony to a new pastor that the roof caved. The church founder, Apostle Akan Weeks, was to be ordained as the church bishop.
Survivors who were lucky to escape the harrowing incident claimed that a huge bang emanating from the roof was heard before the roof gave in, taking a score of lives. The Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was in attendance but was confirmed to have survived the incident.
After the commotion that saw dear lives lost, a commission of inquiry was formed to unravel the state of affairs that transpired before the church collapsed. Its mandate was clearly set out to ascertain the factors leading to the construction of the church and whether professional building principles were followed. It was expected that the recommendation from the inquiry would forestall the resurgence of such incident and indict the persons culpable for compromising professional standards in the building of the church.
The church was claimed have been under construction days before the collapse. It could not be verified whether the construction work on the church was complete before the ceremony kicked off. Some sources intimated that the erecting of the church structure had been hurried to pave way for the ordination ceremony.
The Commission of Inquiry established by the Akwa Ibom State Government in its report of findings indicted the church overseer, Mr Akan. It failed, however, to direct the blame squarely on Mr Akan Weeks depended on the opinion of professionals charged with the role of putting up the church structure. In a surprising twist of events, the governor who also narrowly escaped unhurt, released a white paper in April 2018 exonerating the cleric.
The governor claimed many individuals are responsible for the shoddy construction job that led to the collapse. Still puzzled? Is Ini Edo dead or alive? Now you get to know in just a short while.
Is Ini Edo dead or alive?
Following the church incident and the rumours that ensued, Ini Edo responded on Instagram on 11th December 2016 to lay bare to the facts surrounding the church accident. She went on to give an account testimony of what went down during the previous day and let her million-plus followers on Instagram, know that she was safe. She thanked God she was saved from an incident that could have claimed her dear soul.
She recounted how she missed death by a whisker. Had she not been held back by traffic from Calabar to Uyo, she definitely could have been among the faithful who thronged the Reigners Bible Church. As she narrates, she was to attend the church service ceremony in Uyo on a fateful day. A travel glitch hit her as his flight was cancelled without prior notice. She was distraught by the hampered journey as she couldn’t comprehend missing the consecration service. However in the hope to make it to the ordination, she took a flight to Calabar so that she would be at the destination in less than an hour.
What she didn’t anticipate was that it would take ages to reach to the church after she arrived safely from Carabar. She had to confront a traffic gridlock that took her a saddening 7 hours-long enough that she was late for the event. In a melancholy mood, she wondered how her desires of attending the service were thwarted by unexplained traffic issue. On the same post, she revealed how she received a call to let her know that the church where she was scheduled to attend had collapsed. She thanked God for saving her life while at the same time passing a message of condolence to the families of those affected.
She confided that some disappointment can be packaged as a blessing.