Tonto Dikeh is one of the most promising actresses in Nigeria. She joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood 15 years ago and has never look back in the pursuit of her dream. Tonto Dikeh whose full name is Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh is a famous Nollywood actress, producer, model, recording artiste, television personality and a philanthropist. She has been regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses in Nollywood and also one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She is always known for featuring in romantic, sorrowful and action thriller movies. She has been in the industry for over a decade.
She always plays the role of a romantic house wife, girlfriend, runs girl, palace maid, royal princess, orphan, widow, president daughter, governor’s daughter, industrious working class lady, independent corporate young lady and a self made young millionaire in several Nollywood movies.
She was born on 9th June, 1985 in Port Harcourt, River State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She is currently 34 years old. She is originally from Ikwerre tribe in River State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She was born into the family of 8 children and lost her mother at the age of 3 years old. She is the 3rd child in the family. She has 5 siblings from her mother and 3 siblings from her step-mother.
Tonto Dikeh completed both her primary and secondary school education in Port Harcourt, River State in the south southern part of Nigeria and obtained both her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. After completing her primary and secondary school education, Tonto Dikeh proceeded to River State University of Science and Technology and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Petrochemical Engineering.
Tonto Dikeh began her career as a model while still in the university before joining the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally. However, she started acting right from her secondary school days and was an active member of her school dramatic club. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
In 2005, Tonto Dikeh contested and won the TV reality show called “The Next Movie Star”. She has more than three million followers on her official Instagram account. After winning the TV talent hunt show in 2005, Tonto Dikeh became a household name in Nigeria and was given lead roles in movies. In 2006, Tonto Dikeh registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally.
Tonto Dikeh has always wanted to become an actress right from the onset. She had interest in acting at a very tender age and started performing on stage play, drama club and performing art, appearing in school plays, drama theatre and children’s television shows in her hometown of Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria.
After enjoying acting in several movies, Tonto Dikeh decided to try her hand in music. She recorded and released few singles and was later signed to TGP Entertainment by Nigerian famous musician Terry G. After been signed to TGP Entertainment, Tonto Dikeh later released her first debut studio album. Tonto Dikeh music created a lot of controversy in Nigeria as people criticize her vocal ability. On 13th June 2014, Tonto Dikeh was signed into D banj records label “DB Records” she later departed from DB records in March 2015.
After winning the 2005 Nigerian TV reality show called “The Next Movie Star” and joining the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally, Tonto Dikeh acted in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Dirty Secret” which was very trending in Nigeria and skyrocket her to prominence. Her role in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Dirty Secret” created a lot of controversy in Nigeria because the movie contains numerous adult scenes.
Tonto Dikeh currently has an estimated net worth of over $2 million, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than 3 million followers on her official Instagram account. Tonto Dikeh in the cause of acting career has won several movie awards. Some of the awards she has won include Best Actress of the Year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, 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 indeed a force to reckon on in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
Tonto Dikeh has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include Dirty Secret, 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, and many more. In August 2015, Tonto Dikeh got married to Oladunni Churchill and in February 2016, she welcomed her first child, Andre Churchill. Few years into their marriage, Tonto Dikeh accused her husband Oladunni Churchill of domestic violence and divorced him. After separating from her husband, Tonto Dikeh moved on with her son.