Tonto Dikeh Biography
Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh, popularly known as Tonto Dikeh, is a Nollywood actress, producer, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.
Born on June 9, 1985, she grew up in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where she had her primary and secondary education. Tonto is from the Ikwerre tribe in Rivers State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in petrochemical engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
Afterwards, the award-winning actress pursued her passion for acting by featuring in the reality show ‘The Next Movie Star,’ where she became the first runner up. She featured in her first movie titled ‘Holy Cross’ in 2005, alongside Jim Iyke and Pete Edochie. Her role in this movie caved a path for more roles in the movie industry.
In 2010, she also featured in the popular movie ‘Dirty Secrets’ where she featured alongside Muna Obiekwe. ‘Dirty Secrets’ became a controversial one as people criticized the movie for its explicit scenes. However, it increased her fanbase and brought her to the limelight.
The talented actress also decided to pursue a career in music. Tonto Dikeh featured in a music video owned by Amaco Investment, with Patience Ozokwor. She also released two songs titled ‘Hi’ and ‘Itz Ova.’ Her singles didn’t gain the required attention from music lovers. The negative feedback from her first two singles didn’t discourage the actress from releasing more songs.
She featured Terry G in another single titled ‘Crazily fit.’ She went ahead to sign up under D’banj’s record label, DB Records. There, she released singles such as ‘Ekebe’ and ‘Sugar Rush.’ However, she left the record label in 2015.
Tonto Dikeh is known by several nicknames such as King Tonto, Poko, Mama King, and Tontolet.
Tonto Dikeh has featured in several notable movies such as Missing Rib (2007), Games Fools Play, Rush Hour, Throne of War, Celebrity Marriage, Fatal Mistake, and a host of others.
Tonto Dikeh Instagram
The talented actress is one of the Nigerian celebrities with massive followership on Instagram. Tonto currently has over 6.4 million followers on Instagram.
She thrills her fans with attractive pictures and keeps them updated with current events. She also motivates her fans with encouraging words. As a brand ambassador, Tonto Dikeh also advertises products on her Instagram page.
Tonto Dikeh Age
Tonto Dikeh was born on the 9th of June, 1985. She is currently 35 years old. She is the third of six children. Five of her siblings are from her late mother and the remaining two are from her stepmother. However, she lost her mother at the age of three.
Tonto Dikeh Surgery
The popular humanitarian is undoubtedly one of the curviest actresses in the Nollywood movie industry. You would be surprised to learn that the talented actress wasn’t as curvy as she looks years before. She is one of the female celebrities who have gone under the knife to modify their figure.
Tonto Dikeh revealed, during an interview with BBC, that she has done several surgical procedures to achieve her goal of having the perfect body.
She stated that she has gone under the knife on several occasions to achieve the ideal figure. In 2017, Tonto Dikeh did cosmetic surgery for the first time.
She is confident in telling people how fulfilled she feels about getting her ideal look. Recently, she took to her Instagram page to share pictures of how she looked before and after the surgery.
Tonto Dikeh Husband
Tonto Dikeh married her husband, Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, in 2015. A nephew of the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, and a Lagos native, Churchill is a successful businessman who owns companies such as Big Churchill Haven Limited and Big Church Entertainment.
Tonto met her husband at a Lagos nightclub and they fell head over heels with each other. Less than one year later, they tied the knots in a glamorous traditional wedding.
Their marriage hit the rocks when the couple came out to reveal different versions of what had happened. Tonto Dikeh revealed that Olakunle Churchill was a cheat who physically abused her. She stated that he abused her so much that she suffered a miscarriage. She also revealed that she got infected with STDs from her husband.
However, Churchill had a different story to tell. He denied the claims made by Tonto and stated that she was the abusive one. He also said that she never suffered any miscarriage.
The two went their separate ways and have still not been on speaking terms.
Tonto Dikeh Wedding
Tonto Dikeh wedded her husband in a traditional marriage in August 2015.
Tonto Dikeh Son
Tonto Dikeh gave birth to a baby boy named King-Andre Omodayo-Igo Churchill, in February 2016. The actress never fails a chance to gush over him and express the love she has for her son.
Tonto Dikeh Foundation
The popular actress started a foundation, Tonto Dikeh Foundation in 2000, to assist women in fighting against injustice and offering psychological help to them. Her foundation also awards scholarships to students with financial issues and assists victims of abuse. It also aims at assisting displaced and underpriviledged girls, children, and youth, irrespective of their political, religion, and cultural diversity.
Tonto Dikeh Baby
The union between Tonto Dikeh and Olakunle Churchill produced a lovely baby named Andre Omodayo Churchill in February 2016. She nicknamed him ‘Baby X.’
After divorcing her husband, she changed his surname to Andre Dikeh.
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