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Tonto Dikeh
Born 9 June 1985 (age 32)[1]
• Port Harcourt • Rivers • Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Other names • Poko • Tontolet • Mama King •
Citizenship Nigerian (1985–present)
Alma mater Rivers State University of Science and Technology
Occupation Actress • Singer-songwriter • Philanthropist •
Years active 2006-present
Known for Dirty Secrets
Notable work Missing Rib • Games Fools Play • A Night With The King • Zara •
Spouse(s) Oladunni Churchill (m. 2015; div. 2017)
Children Andre Omodayo Churchill
Musical career
Genres R&B • pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels POKO Entertainment
Associated acts • D’banj • Solid Star • Terry G • Jaywon • Nedu Brazil • Kayswitch • DeeVee • 2kriss • Snypa •
Website www.tontodikehent.com

Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh-Churchill (born 9 June 1985), better known as Tonto Dikeh, is a Nigerian actresssinger, and philanthropist. Dikeh hails from Rivers State and is of the Ikwerre tribe.[2][3]

Movies and television

She featured in a movie titled Dirty Secret which generated controversy amongst Nigerians because the movie contained numerous adult scenes which at then was quite alien in the Nigerian movie industry. While some criticised her role for being untraditional and un-African, others said that Dikeh was merely being professional.[4][5]

Music career

After enjoying acting several movies, Dikeh decided to try her hand in music though she had once featured in a music video owned by Amaco investments where she and Patience Ozokwor were called to mime the song.[6] She made her debut by releasing singles ‘Hi’ and ‘Itz Ova’ feat Snypa.[7] While many lauded her effort, the songs were trailed by controversy as critics especially questioned her vocal ability. Doubts were raised on whether her decision to try her hands on music was for the best.[8][9] On 13 June 2014, Pop star D’banj, unveiled Dikeh under the artistes with his record label DB Records’ LEE family.[10] She announced her departure from DB records in March 2015.[11]

Personal life

Dikeh was born into the family of seven, she lost her mother at the age of 3.[12] Dikeh is the 3rd child out of her 5 siblings, and two siblings from her step-mother. Dikeh studied Petrochemical Engineering in the prestigious Rivers State University of Science and Technology.[13] In August 2015 Tonto traditionally married Oladunni Churchill by February 2016, she welcomed her first child, (Andre Omodayo Churchill). In 22 June 2016, Tonto Dikeh celebrated her Instagram followers after she clocked one million followers on the picture sharing platform.[14]

On International Women’s Day in 2017, Tonto came forth with a video confession of being a victim of domestic violence and getting infected with STDs in her marriage by Oladunni Churchill. Before this, there had been speculations that her marriage had hit the rocks because of her husband’s infidelity with one of his protégé, Rosaline Meurer. On her Instagram page, Dikeh accused Churchill of murdering their unborn child through domestic violence and being an internet fraudster, popularly known as ‘yahoo boy’.[15]

Selected singles

Title Year Refs
“Hi” 2012 [16]
“Itz Ova”
“Crazically Fit” (featuring Terry G) [17]
“Jeje” 2013 [18]
“Sheba” (featuring Solidstar) [19]
“Ekebe” 2014 [20]
“Sugar Rush” (featuring D’banj) 2015 [21]

Selected filmography

References

  1. Jump up^ “BIOGRAPHY”. Tonto Dikeh.
  2. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh”Naij.com – Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  3. Jump up^ “Actress Tonto Dikeh Full Biography Life And News – How Nigeria”How Nigeria. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  4. Jump up^ “Nigeria: Nollywood Splits Over Tonto Dike”. allAfrica.com. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. Jump up^ “Nigerian celebrities and Tattooing”The Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh life history and profile, Playing music with Patience Ozokwor”. Anambra fashion week. 22 January 2012.
  7. Jump up^ “World Premiere Tonto Dikeh”. Too Xclusive.
  8. Jump up^ “Charles Novia critique of Tonto Dikeh’s Music”. Nigerian Eye.
  9. Jump up^ “Tonto Dike needs to learn how to sing”. Nigeria films.
  10. Jump up^ “D’banj Finally Unveils DB Records Lee Family”. Joints Arena.
  11. Jump up^ “Tonto Dike Leaves D’banj’s Record Label”. Naija Loaded.
  12. Jump up^ “Photos – Tonto Dikeh Shares Late Mum, Step Mother & Dad”MJ Celebrity Magazine. Retrieved 2016-10-24..
  13. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh Biography,Life History,Profile & movies”NaijaGists.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24..
  14. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh Celebrates As She Clocks 1 Million Instagram Followers”PZIMEDIA. Lagos, Nigeria. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016..
  15. Jump up^ “Tonto Dike accuses estrasnged hubby of being a murderer, ‘yahoo boy’ – Vanguard News”Vanguard News. 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  16. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh – Itz Ova + Hi”. 17 October 2012.
  17. Jump up^ “Single Premiere: Tonto Dikeh ft Terry G – Crazically Fit – 360Nobs.com”.
  18. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh – JEJE”. 28 February 2013.
  19. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh – Sheba ft Solidstar”. 9 June 2013.
  20. Jump up^ “Tonto Dikeh premieres New Song “Ekebe” – Listen”.
  21. Jump up^ “VIDEO: Tonto Dikeh – Sugar Rush ft. D’banj”. 28 April 2015.
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