Young, beautiful, bold and ardent, Tonto Dikeh is indeed one of the most popular and exemplary actresses in Nollywood. The charisma and talent she often displayed in every of her cinema production cannot be overemphasized and she is often admired by many of her fans. She is popularly recognized for her beauty, skills, confidence, and creativity in being able to interpret and deliver any role assigned to her in the movie industry. Aside from being a well-known Nollywood actress, Tonto is also known to be a producer, model, recording artist, television personality, and philanthropist.
The full name of this astonishing actress is Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh. She was born into the family of Dikeh in Ikwere, River state on 9th June 1985. Being the first child in a polygamous family, she has seven younger siblings (five from her mother, and two from her stepmother). She lost her mother when she was only three years old and according to her, the early loss of her mother had a severe impact on her. However, she claimed to have a close relationship with her stepmother and often refer to her as the best stepmother in the world.
Tonto obtained her primary and secondary education certificates in her native town, Port Harcourt and she furthered her studies in River State University of Science and Technology where she successfully graduated from the faculty of Petrochemical Engineering with a Bachelor’s degree. While in the university, she pursued a modelling career even though her major interest was in acting.
In 2005, when she was 20 years old, she pursued a career in the movie industry where she contested and emerged as the first runner-up in the popular reality TV show “The next movie star”. The show was organized to help potential actors and actresses discover and establish their acting talents in the movie industry. The great talent displayed and the respectable position obtained by this remarkable actress in the show, paved way for a successful realization of her acting career as she gradually became limelight on the job.
Tonto had an interest in acting at a very tender age. She joined the drama club in her school and started performing on a stage play. She would often appear in school plays, drama theatre, and children’s television shows in her hometown. However, her first notable work of acting after winning the TV show was “Holy Cross” where she took the lead role as Stella and displayed her outstanding talent alongside some popular actors like Peter Edochie and Jim Iyke. She appeared in another blockbuster movie “Dirty Secrets” in 2010 with the late actress Muna Obikewe. This movie brought about many criticisms against Tonto Dikeh as she was popularly criticized for taking a role in such a movie with numerous explicit adult scenes. Despite the reproaches back and forth, this movie seemed to be the most effective marketing strategy that sold her out to the world and extended her fan base
Going by quantity, Tonto Dikeh has acted and taken a leading role in more than 200 movies in Nollywood. This could only mean that she is not only talented but also hardworking. Some of her prominent works include “Tea or Coffee”, “Pounds and Dollars”, “Missing Rib”, “Crisis in Paradise”, “Games Fools Play”, “Total Love”, “Before the Fall”, “Dangerous Beauty”, “My Fantasy”, “Blackberry Babes”, “Battle of Queens” Ropes of Faith, Before the Rain, Missing Child, Garden of Love and Terror, Dangerous Child, Pleasure, and Crime, Love my Way, Men in Love, Palace Maid, The Bride is Mine, Sisters on Fire, Royal Apart, End of a Princess, The Princess of my Life among others.
In the cause of her acting career, Tonto Dikeh has won several movie awards. Some of these include Best Actress of the Year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCA), Best Actress in a Leading Role at the City People Entertainment Awards, and Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. She is no doubt a role model for upcoming actresses.
It is quite interesting to know that this famous actress is not only a movie star but also a recording music artist. Not faltering about people’s comments and opinions about her vocal abilities, she produced and released her first studio album after she had released a few singles in 2011. Some of her music includes “It’s Ova” featuring Snypa and “Crazically Fit”. She was signed to DB Records label under the protection of the notable music artist D’banj and she released some music under this label featuring D’Banj. In March 2015, she left the DB Records label and focused on her label “Poko entertainment”.
Marital life of Tonto Dikeh
Tonto first marriage to Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, the nephew of the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and the owner of Big Church Entertainment and Big Churchill Haven Limited lasted for a while and was later dissolved. The couple got married in a beautiful traditional fashion in 2015 during which Tonto Dikeh was already pregnant. After a while, their love and marriage faced trials and tribulations and they were left with no other choice but to go their separate ways.
According to Tonto Dikeh, her husband was physically abusive and often cheated on her. She claimed that he even beat her up so violently to the point that she suffered a miscarriage, and due to his promiscuous act, he infected her with STDs. She also added that Olakunle only loved her for her money and not for her personality. In his claim, Olakunle denied all these allegations claiming that it was Tonto who threatened to kill him and was abusive. He said that she is lying about the miscarriage. I wondered who was right and who was wrong.
In a nutshell, the couple got separated and both of them focused on their careers. Tonto, gave birth to a baby boy in February 2016 and named the baby King-Andre Omodayo-Igo Churchill. The child seemed to be the only fruitful result of their marriage and a joyful gift for Tonto.
Other things worth knowing about Tonto Dikeh
Owing to her philanthropist nature, the Tonto Dikeh foundation was established on August 27, 2000, which helps women fight against injustice and offers them both financial and psychological assistance. The organization takes care of the less privileged people and awards scholarships to students with financial shortcomings.
Tonto Dikeh is regarded as one of the most affluent and influential actresses in Nollywood having an estimated net worth of over $2 million. When it comes to tattoo, I doubt if there’s any other Nollywood actress who loves tattooing as much as Tonto Dikeh. Without exaggeration, she has more than 50 tattoos on her body.
On the 9th June 2020, Tonto Dikeh celebrated her 35th birthday with some of her gorgeous photos flooding her Instagram page. We wish her many happy returns of the day.
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