NIGERIA: Popular Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, has confirmed rumours of her welcoming a daughter through a surrogate mother.
The screen diva in a recent interview with Stella Korkus said that she welcomed a baby through surrogacy.
According to Wikipedia, Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman agrees to bear a child for another person or people, who will become the child’s parent after birth through artificial insemination
“Yes I do have a daughter and I had her through surrogacy. The eggs are mine and so genetically she’s my blood. I chose this path to fulfil my dream of becoming a mother. I still have a good number of eggs frozen in case I decide to do surrogacy again or carry my baby myself. who knows,” she said.
Speaking about the father of her baby she said, “I opted for a donor for me and my baby’s peace of mind. Another major reason I opted for a donor is because it scares me so much when I see banter and controversies between a mother and a father over a baby in public forums or when I see the man insisting he wants his child if things don’t work out between both parties.
“For me it’s the fear of what that would mean for the child. Ideally, its marriage then children but we are not living in an ideal world.
“I am not someone who allows any situation to control me. I make lemonades out of lemons thrown my way and have no regrets. Life itself is so fragile and short to be striving for perfection.
“I am well and capable of taking care of my own child as I’ve been taking care of myself .I wanted a child and thank God for the options of surrogacy and donors.”
The Edo State born said she wasn’t keeping the news away from people, adding that she had the daughter almost a year ago.
Reacting to rumours that her child’s father was a married man, identified as Kome, the actress said, “It is so sad that in Nigeria, when a ‘single’ woman is friends with a guy, it must mean to people that they are dating.
“I mean make it make no sense, Kome has been my friend for years and that’s what it is, period. He is a responsible family man and doesn’t deserve to be dragged into my motherhood story. Anyone saying that he is the father of my daughter is a lie from the pit of hell.”