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Tonto Dikeh Is Stubborn & Acts Like Kid, Why I Dealt With Her – Movie Director Chima Okoroji

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Nov 3, 2017 – Nollywood Director Chima Okoroji: Tonto Dikeh Is Stubborn & Arrogant, She Acts Like A Kid

Tonto Dikeh Is Stubborn & Acts Like A Kid, Why I Dealt With Her – Nollywood Director Chima Okoroji 

Nollywood filmmaker and director Nwa Chineke (real name Chima Okoroji) has recalled his bitter encounter with Tonto Dikeh and how their relationship has not been on a good level since then.

See excerpts of his recent chat with The Entertainer.

How do you endure the pain of movie production?

First is the passion, if there is passion there is always endurance. I don’t usually complain of my work because I know what it entails before delving into it.

How do you cope with female admirers?

First, you have to be focused and every other thing comes second. I don’t allow anything to distract me when I am working. There will be distraction from all sides but if managed well you will get the best from them

Which artiste have you crushed on in Nollywood?

That is a very difficult one. We are all like family on set. So, it is hard to have anything for them. The only person that has come to distract me on stage is Tonto Dike. It led to a misunderstanding with her but I stood my ground and didn’t cave in. We were taught that as a director, if you can’t keep emotion aside and gather your artiste; then you can’t be a director. We are all equal on set. When any talent goes beyond the space I give, I show them the kind of person I am.

What did you do to Tonto Dike?

I tried several times to caution her in a very soft way. As a director, you have to know how to pamper your artiste. If you don’t pamper them, they would not give you the best. It does not mean that pampering works all the time, some talents are stubborn and as such pride stops them from learning. Tonto thought nobody can talk to her, and as far as I am concerned in this industry, she is a kid to me.

It was said that once you sleep with a girl she gets role?

Definitely people will say all kinds of things but I don’t buy that. It may be happening, yes, but it is not for me. I believe that any girl who is very good, no director needs to sleep with her before getting roles. I go for the best. If I see that a girl is very good, I would want to have her on my set.

On the long run, if I ask her out and she gives a negative reply, am I going to force her? What I am interested in is her interpreting the role well. Most times some of these girls are not good and they feel they can sell their bodies to get roles, and when they do that, the director will still go for the best.

If any girl throws herself at me, I will welcome her and if I don’t have any role for her, then it is story. If an actress is beautiful, it is an advantage because she will be an asset for any director, but when she can’t deliver, she would just be wastage irrespective of how popular she later turns out to be.

I will advice her to just learn how to act, no one is born with the talent, it can be learnt, the beautiful girl should go and learn how to act.

[By Lawrence Enyoghasu, The Entertainer]



  1. Salem Godi

    November 3, 2017 at 2:10 AM

    I know she is stubborn, I met at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport last Friday and her look wasn’t dt friend. when I noticed she wasn’t responding to greeting, i didnt bother to greet her. I just unfollow her online, don’t like her for anything

  2. Ama

    November 3, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Why do we like condemning people, sometimes people might not be in a good mood to greet or talk, they might act in ways we are not used to but let us cut people a slack. as a director, my question is this “What did you learn from her attitude and how can you use it to benefit you in your next chance with someone who might even be worse than her.

    Let us also see the positives in others instead of always trashing them.

  3. S.T

    November 4, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Everyone have there good and bad sides, let her be

  4. Martha

    November 4, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Thanks Ama for that comment and also S.T, we all have our flaws, The fact that she’s a celebrity doesn’t mean u guys will judge her on everything, if she hides her bad attitude n shows d good one,U guys ll still complain n condemned her. Please let’s stop being judgemental

  5. rejoicesamuel

    November 20, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    naija gist was Tonto dikeh d bone of content for d interview?
    what has d answer got to do wt d question he was asked?
    na wa oo @tonto please keep praying o d devil is at work

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