|Tonto Charity Dikeh|
9 June 1985 |
Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria
|Other names||Pokolee, Tontolet|
|Associated acts||Kayswitch 'D Produkt', D'banj, Deevee|
In 2005, she competed against other contestants on a reality TV show called The Next Movie Star; she was the first runner up. Dikeh's appearance on the show was as a means of getting closer to the "big time", she says, and her start in the Nigerian movie industry came soon after.
Dikeh says that after her second movie Holy Cross, more movie directors and producers were willing to cast her, and she has appeared in scores of movies since. Dikeh's role in the movie Dirty Secret has generated controversy amongst Nigerians, because the movie contains nude scenes. While some criticise her role of being untraditional and un-African, others say that Dikeh is merely being professional.
Tonto was known in Nollywood as a chain smoker and had started smoking since the age of 14 but she recently testified that she stopped smoking after prayers with Pastor T.B. Joshua via his Christian television station Emmanuel TV.
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. She made her debut by releasing singles 'Hi' and 'Itz Ova' feat Snypa. 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. Nevertheless the songs enjoyed steady airplay and massive downloads. Dikeh showed she was not a quitter with the release of a new single 'Crazically fit' featuring Terry G, who was also the producer, then Jeje and then some more. On 13 June 2014, Pop star D'banj, unveiled Dikeh under the artistes with his record label DB Records' LEE family.
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