Ini Edo, the Nigerian actress, has finally revealed that she had a child through surrogacy.
The 39-year-old film star brought the revelation to light in a chat with Stella Dimoko Korkus, the media personality.
Surrogacy is a practice where a woman (the surrogate) carries a child for another person through artificial insemination of eggs.
In the past few months, the internet has been awash with claims that the film star had a baby girl through surrogacy — but the actress had kept mum on the rumours.
But during the interview, Ini Edo said she opted for surrogacy to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.
“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,” she said.
“I still have a good number of eggs frozen in case I decide to do surrogacy again or carry my baby myself who knows.”
The actress also disclosed that she originally planned to make the news public on her daughter’s first birthday.
“I was hoping to talk about her on her first birthday in a few months but mischief makers beat me to it and spoilt the beautiful story with lies,” she added.
Edo also dismissed claims that she had the baby for a married man known as Kome.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
When asked about her daughter’s father, 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.”
The movie star also revealed that she had miscarriages in the past.
She, however, said the experience did not influence her choice of surrogacy, adding that she still hopes to carry a baby in her womb in the future.
“I had a series of miscarriages in the past but that wasn’t my reason for going this route. I still hope to carry babies In my womb in the future, God willing,” she added.
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