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Who is Tonto Dikeh ?
Tonto Dikeh story is that of humble beginnings, heartbreaks, and eventual rise to stardom in Nollywood. While she had a passion for acting from an early age, it was not until she starred in the Nollywood movie “Dirty Secret” that she became popular. She’s a very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented actress, with the ability to interpret any movie role appointed to her excellently.
|Name||Tonto Charity Dikeh|
|Date of birth||9th June, 1985|
|Occupation||Nollywood actress, Singer, Model, Brand ambassador & Philanthropist|
|Birth Place||Rivers State|
|Marital Status||Divorced (Oladunni Churchill: 2015 to 2017)|
|Years active (Acting)||2006-present|
|Years active (Music)||2011–2017|
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
Tonto Dikeh: Biography
Tonto Dikeh was born into the family of Mr. Sunny Dikeh and Veronica Dikeh – a family of seven and she’s the third of five children. Her family is from Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State, but of Ikwerre descent. At age 3, she lost her mother and was raised by her step-mother, who has two children.
After completing her primary and secondary school education in Port Harcourt (South Southern part of Nigeria), the actress proceeded to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering.
According to Tonto Dikeh herself, she revealed she had always had interest in becoming a famous actress one day, and this mindset has been with her right from the onset (even though she was studying petroleum engineering). She developed interest in acting at a very tender age and began to perform on stage play, drama club & performing art, appearing in school plays, drama theatre and children’s television shows, in her hometown of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In 2005, Tonto Dikeh contested and won the TV reality show called “The Next Movie Star”. Following her win on the TV talent hunt show in 2005, Tonto Dikeh subsequently became a
household name in Nigeria and was given lead
roles in movies.
After she emerged winner of the TV reality show, Tonto Dikeh debuted in the Nollywood as act in the blockbuster movie – “Dirty Secret”.The movie generated controversy among Nigerians due to its inclusion of adult scenes. While some people criticized her role for being nontraditional and un-African, others stated that Dikeh was merely being professional.
Surprisingly, she didn’t let any of that hold her down from following her true passion and achieving her goal of becoming a famous movie star. She kept on pushing hard into making it to the top list of talented Nollywood actresses.
In 2006, Tonto Dikeh was registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) – an umbrella union that regulates the affairs of film actors in Nigeria and abroad, and officially became a member of the Nigerian Nollywood industry. Since her debut, the actress hasn’t failed to give us thrilling and exciting movie performances and has become one of the most sought after actresses in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Following a successful acting career, Tonto Dikeh decided to pursue a career in music. Prior to that, she was featured in a music video for Amaco investments, alongside fellow actress Patience Ozokwo.
She made her music debut with the release of two singles – “Hi” and “Itz Ova”, the latter featuring Snypa. She then proceeded to recording and releasing more singles and was later signed to TGP Entertainment by Nigerian
famous musician Terry G. Following her contract deal with TGP Entertainment, Tonto Dikeh later released her debut studio album.
Her music was hated by many living in Nigeria and the in the diaspora. It created a lot of controversy as people criticized her for venturing into music, knowing how bad her vocals are. Once again, she didn’t feel remorseful by any of what was said to her, she decided to come back bigger and better. On the 13th of June 2014, Tonto Dikeh shocked the world by signing with one of Nigeria’s big record labels that time –“DB Records”, owned by popular music artist – D’banj. Although she didn’t stay there for long, she later announced her departure from DB records in March 2015, in an attempt to explore other business ventures.
Tonto Dikeh: Brand Endorsements
- On the 5th of February 2016, Tonto Dikeh was named an Ambassador to a property firm in Abuja (NumatVille) in a multimillion naira ambassadorial deal.
- On 9 January 2018, Tonto Dikeh bagged an endorsement as a brand ambassador for a beauty and skincare brand (Pels International). The beauty brand is popularly known for making skin brightening beauty products.
- On 8 March 2018, Dikeh became an ambassador for Sapphire Scents, a new perfume line offering distributorship business opportunities to Nigerians, to earn an extra income.
- On 27 April 2018, Tonto Dikeh was endorsed in a deal with the National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on human trafficking.
- On 24 March 2019, Tonto Dikeh was revealed as the brand ambassador for Amstel Malta. This had happened when Tonto Dikeh stepped out in style for a dinner party organized by Amstel Malta. The dinner, organized specifically for brand influencers, saw Dikeh announced as one of its ambassadors.
- On 23 May 2019, Tonto Dikeh signed a 100million Naira endorsement deal with Zikel Cosmetics.
- “Hi” – 2012
- “Itz Ova” – 2012
- “Crazically Fit” ft. Terry G – 2012
- “Jeje” – 2013
- “Sheba” – ft. Solid Star – 2013
- “Ekebe” – 2014
- “Sugar Rush” ft. D’banj – 2015
Tonto Dikeh: Popular Movies
• Tea or Coffee (2006)
• Pounds and Dollars (2006)
• Missing Rib (2007)
• Final Hour (2007)
• Divine Grace (2007)
• 7 Graves (2007)
• Crisis in Paradise (2007)
• Insecurity (2007)
• Away Match (2007)
• Games Fools Play (2007)
• The Plain Truth (2008)
• Love my Way (2008)
• Before the Fall (2008)
• Total Love (2008)
• Strength to Strength (2008)
• Missing Child (2009)
• Native Son (2009)
• Dangerous Beauty (2009)
• My Fantasy (2010)
• Dirty Secret (2010)
• Last Mission
• Blackberry Babes Re-loaded (2012)
• Secret Mission
• Rush Hour
• Fatal Mistake
• Family Disgrace
• Miss Maradonna
• Mortal Desire
• Criminal Widow 1
• Criminal Widow 2 (2013)
• Then Terror of a Widow 1 (2013)
• Then Terror of a Widow 2 (2013)
• Battle of the Queens (2014)
• Throne of War (2014)
Awards & Recognitions
• BON Awards – 2012
• Afro Hollywood Awards – “Best Actress (English language film) category” (2012)
• Future Awards – “Actress of the year” (2012)
• ELOY Awards – “Best Actress of the Year” (2013)
• City People Movie Awards – “Best Actress of the Year (English)” (2014)
• Peace Ambassador – “Best Actress Award” (2016)
• South-South Progressive Awards – 2016
• GAB Special Recognition Awards – “Arts category” (2016)
• Starrz Awards – “Humanitarian ambassador of the year” (2017)
• Her Network Woman of the Year (HNWOTY) Awards – 2018
• Social Media honours the Tonto Dikeh Foundation with the Social Good Awards – 2019
• J-KRUE Awards – “Foundation for the Humanitarian Foundation of the Year” (2019)
• Award of Excellence for Female Activist of the Year by QOEN – 2019
On the 27th August 2000, Tonto Dikeh set up her foundation – “The Tonto Dikeh Foundation”. The Foundation was established in with clear vision and passion of making life better for all displaced and under privilege women, girls, youth, and children in Africa, in-respective of their Politically, Religious and Cultural differences.
It also aims at organizing regular sensitization programs and symposium discussion that will bring sanity and civility to the black race; by taking issues that affect women, gender issues, rape, empowerment, climate change and child right.
The Tonto Dikeh Foundation promises to continue to dedicate its resources, time and passion into making a difference in those particular sectors as they feel are the most vulnerable in the society and shall constantly create conducive atmosphere for all displaced children, community women, rendering free adequate care and promoting talents.
With several investments portfolios of hers, which she often reveal on her official Instastory and numerous endorsement and ambassadorial deals, and not forgetting her main source of income of being an actress, Tonto Dikeh is estimated to be worth a staggering $1.5 million as of 2021.
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