EverÂ sinceÂ her million dollar-wedding in far away Houston, UnitedÂ Â States, andÂ her return to the country few months ago,Â not much have been heard of top actress, Ini Edo. NeitherÂ have her admirers been privileged to behold her face at a NollywoodÂ Â function. But last Friday proved to be a different story.
BecauseÂ Ini resurfacedÂ from the blues, being among the star actressesÂ that graced the world premiere of Emem Isongâ€™s latest IbibioÂ language movie, â€˜Edikanâ€, which held at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island. Indeed, she was a beauty to behold, sparkling and radiating with happiness throughoutÂ Â the durationÂ of the event.
DressedÂ inÂ glowing purple-colour evening outfit, Ini was the cynosureÂ of attraction.Â As soon as she entered the auditorium,Â theÂ four walls of the place trembled as all eyes immediately turned and fixed on her. Murmured admiration wasÂ heard everywhere.Â Some of her admirers in the audienceÂ could not hold back their fascination, with some saying,Â â€œShe hasÂ Â even slim down, looking more responsible andÂ friendly. Perhaps, she must have been tamed.â€
â€œI amÂ happy for her.Â She is looking more beautiful and elegant. IÂ pray thatÂ her marriage works out, â€ added another admirer.
Iniâ€™s outfit that evening for anything portrayed her new statusÂ as aÂ married woman.Â For the first time, the adorable actressÂ shunnedÂ putting on flimsy or suggestive clothes to the admirationÂ of the audience. To cap it all, Ini was everywhere, hugging and exchanging pleasantries with her fans, colleaguesÂ and friends alike. Some of her colleagues that graced theÂ occasion were not left out in admiring her new status.
Cornered by theÂ press, Ini declared, â€œ I am now Mrs Ini Edo- Ehiagwina . Not much is happening around me at the moment. But IÂ hope to be working on a new project soon.â€
Ini played the role of a police officer in the new movie that starred top actors and actresses like Desmond Elliot who directed the movie, OmoniÂ Oboli,Â Ime Bishop, Nse Ikpe Etim, Ini Ikpe and Moses Armstrong, amongst other stars.
Coming from the stable of Royal Arts Academy, EdikanÂ was inspired by a documentary made by Steppingstones Nigeria â€˜Saving Africaâ€™s witch childrenâ€™ which was broadcast on Channel 4 UK.
The Ibibio language movie, which is subtitled in English, tells the pathetic and moving story of a teenage girl that was sexually abused by her stepfather and later branded a witch, when she dared to speak out.
Co_produced by Uduak Oguamanam, Edikan was made as an attempt to educate and inform parents on the ills of this menace of child witchcraft and sexual abuses with a view to eradicating it. Isong promised to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the movie to charity homes, adding that, the movie, hopes to prevent recurrent situations of children being labelled as witches through persuasion and education.