Tonto Dikeh

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Tonto Dikeh
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Born (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 31)[1]
Port HarcourtRiversNigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Other names • Poko • Tontolet • Mama King •
Citizenship Nigerian (1985–present)
Alma mater Rivers State University of Science and Technology
Occupation ActressSinger-songwriterPhilanthropist
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)
Children Andre Omodayo Churchill
Musical career
Genres R&Bpop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels POKO Entertainment
Associated acts D'banjSolid StarTerry GJaywon • 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 actress, singer, and philanthropist. Dikeh hails from Rivers State and is of the Ikwerre tribe.[2][3]

Movies and television[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 been 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[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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