Tonto Dikeh has earned her laurels as one of the most sought-after actresses in the Nollywood today. She has over the years climbed her way to the top of the Nigerian movie scene. Follow this report to read about the life and career of this beautiful actress.
Tonto Dikeh Biography
The popular actress, whose full name is Tonto Wigo Charity, was born in Port Harcourt, River State on June 9, 1985. She grew up in a polygamous family of 10, with 4 younger ones and 2 elder siblings. Tonto Charity lost her mother to the cold hands of death at a very tender age of 3; hence, she was raised by her dad and stepmother. Her pet names include Poko, King Tonto, Tontolets and so on.
This beautiful actress is a River state native of Igbo descent. Her tribe, the Ikwerre tribe, is an ethnic group under the general Igbo tribe, with similar cultural and linguistic components. As a result of this, she is widely regarded as an Igbo lady.
Tonto is a well educated lady, who has chosen a completely different line of work from what she was originally trained for in the University. She is a trained and certified Petro-Engineer. She attended her home state’s University, River State University of Science and Technology, where she obtained her degree in Petrochemical Engineering.
Despite being an Engineer by training, she auditioned for TV Reality Show; Next Movie Star. She was picked for show and she went on to win the prize for second position. Her performance during the reality show served as the Spring board of her acting career.
She opted for a career in showbiz, with debuts in acting (her core specialization), music, modelling and philanthropy. Of these, her acting career has, without doubt, stood her out to become one of the most prominent celebrity figures in Nigeria and Africa at large. She has gone on to feature in multitude of movies, over the course of her career in Nollywood.
Tonto Dikeh Movies
Tontolet started her acting career in the Nollywood, way back in 2006. She has been active for about 12 years. Her debut year saw her feature in two movies; Tea or Coffee and Pounds & Dollars. She has since featured in many top movies within her 12-year career.
The movie which shot her to prominence, was the movie titled, Dirty Secret. Dirty Secret was released in 2010 and the movie illustrated many controversial and illicit scenes, many of which are adult-graded (18+). The controversy that trailed the movie generated a significant attention for Tonto Dikeh, who featured as the main character in the movie.
Some of the most prominent movies Pokolet has featured in include Celebrity Marriage (2017), Games Play Fools (2007), a Night With the King (2014), Missing Rib (2007), Dirty Secret (2010) and Zara, Mortal Desire and many more.
Below is a compilation of some of Tonto Dikeh movies.
- Celebrity Marriage – 2017
- Popular King – 2015
- Broken Mirror – 2015
- Throne of War – 2014
- A Night With The King – 2014
- Battle of Queens – 2014
- Fatal Mistake – 2012
- Zara – 2010
- Dirty Secret – 2010
- Men in Love – 2010
- Secret Shadows – 2010
- Dangerous Beauty – 2009
- Pleasure and Crime – 2007
- Missing Rib – 2007
- Tea or Coffee – 2006
Note: This is not the full list of Tonto Dikeh’s movie features. The above listed movies are only some of Tonto Dikeh’s prominent features in Nollywood.
Tonto Dikeh Husband
Tonto got married about three years ago, to Olusegun Obasanjo’s nephew, Olakunle ‘Big Church’ Churchill. However, the marriage lasted only 2 years. The couple divorced in 2017 and they have a kid between them.
Olakunle ‘Big Church’ Churchill is a well known philanthropist, who has numerous Charity firms under his Big Church Foundation. He is a very wealthy individual, who spends his money towards enhancing the lives of the less privileged individuals across Africa. His foundation has setups in many crisis torn and poverty ridden regions in Africa.
Tonto Dikeh Wedding : How Her Marriage Ended In Divorce
The screen diva has been married only once, so far. She got married to her estranged hubby, Olakunle Churchill, at a traditional wedding event in 2015. Olakunle Churchill is a known big boy, who resides in Lagos. Rumours have it that, he met Tonto Dikeh at a Night Club in Lagos and the rest is history. Shortly after, they got engaged and eventually became married to each other.
About a year and half into Olakunle and Tonto’s marriage, their union headed for the storms. Tonto Dikeh accused Olakunle of infidelity and wife battery. She even alleged that, Churchill infected her with a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Churchill, on the other hand, denied all these allegations and in his defence, claimed Tonto is a liar and a disrespectful wife. The marriage eventually ended in divorce.
However, despite the unfortunate divorce of the couple, there exist one binding element; the only child the marriage produced, King Andre.
Tonto Dikeh Son
Despite the short span of Tonto’s union with Churchill, their marriage produced an handsome boy. Tonto gave birth to the baby boy in February, 2016. The boy was named Omodayo Igo ‘King Andre’ Churchill. The boy is today, two and half years old.
Despite the arrival of the King Andre, the imminent separation his parents was unstoppable. The couple divorced around mid 2017 and Tonto was granted custody of the baby, King Andre. The court decision stood well with Churchill.
However, Tonto’s custody of King Andre has generated some controversies between the estranged couple. Earlier this year, Churchill went through the stress of securing a court injunction, to stop Tonto from featuring their son in her reality show. This is one of many of their post-marital feuds.
Tonto Dikeh Tattoos
Tonto is notorious for her love for tattoos and she is not one to shy away from revealing her body arts. According to many sources, Tonto has in excess of close to 60 tattoos on her body.
“For a self acclaimed devout, born-again, christian, donning that much ink on your body places huge question marks on your faith”. This is one of the many criticisms she’s been subjected to by many people, including the religious and non-religious folks across the country.
In addition, she recently went under the knife for a plastic surgery to enhance her body features.
Tonto Dikeh Net Worth
The famous actress has starred in numerous movies, numbering close to 40. She has also made debuts in Music and modelling. Tonto Dikeh also has numerous endorsement deals with several coys within and outside the country.
With respect to her movies and music earnings, endorsement deals among others, Tonto Dikeh has an estimated networth of $1 million.