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Tonto Dikeh’s biography: husband, son, foundation, surgery

Tonto Dikeh is with no doubt one of the most talented actresses in Nollywood. She is not only a movie star but also a recording artist, philanthropist and songwriter. Aside from her professional life, what else is known about her?

Tonto Dikeh's biography
Actress Tonto looking stunning. Photo: @tontolet
Source: Instagram

Her many talents only prove how bright and memorable her personality is. Her roles in movies have made her one of the most successful actresses in Nigeria.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh
  • Nicknames: Poko, Tontolet, Mama King, King Tonto
  • Date of birth: June 9th 1985
  • Age: 36 years (as of 2021)
  • Place of birth: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth sign: Gemini
  • Hair colour: Black
  • Eye colour: Black
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in (163cm)
  • Weight: 68 Kg (150lbs)
  • Children: 1
  • Parents: Sunny and Veronica Dikeh
  • Profession: Actress, singer, songwriter, and philanthropist
  • Net worth: $1.6 million

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Tonto Dikeh’s biography

Tonto Dikeh was born on June 9th, 1985, in Port Harcourt as Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh. Her parents are Sunny Dikeh (father) and Veronica Dikeh (mother).

She is the third born in a family of five children.

The actress lost her mother when she was three years old. Her father then remarried, and her stepmother raised her since she was young.

How old is Tonto Dikeh now?

As of 2021, the actress is 36 years old.

Education

After completing high school, the actress joined River State University of Science and Technology. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Petrochemical Engineering.

Acting career

Tonto had a passion for acting since she was young. She began her career in the entertainment industry in 2005, after appearing on the reality television program The Next Movie Star.

She won the competition and was allowed to register for the Actors Guild of Nigeria. Her first role was in 2006 in the film Tea and Coffee.

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In 2010, the actress appeared in the movie Dirty Secrets. Even though this production attracted immense popularity and did not leave anyone indifferent to Dikeh’s talent, it became a very controversial piece because it contained explicit adult scenes.

Some people criticized her for performing in such scenes. But regardless, there were many fans and movie critics who appreciated her work in this movie and thought it was her best one so far.

Despite the controversy, Dirty Secrets expanded Tonto Dikeh’s fanbase and brought her more admirers.

Tonto Dikeh’s movies

Tonto Dikeh
Tonto in a fitting dress. Photo: @tontolet
Source: Instagram

Since joining the industry, Dikeh has become a household name and has played lead roles in various movies. Some of the movies include:

  • Last Mission
  • Blackberry Babes
  • Re-loaded
  • Secret Mission
  • Rush Hour
  • Fatal Mistake
  • Family Disgrace
  • Miss Maradonna
  • Games Fools Play
  • The Plain Truth
  • Love my Way
  • Before the Fall
  • Total Love
  • Strength to Strength
  • Mortal Desire
  • Criminal Widow 1
  • Then Terror of a Widow 1
  • Then Terror of a Widow 2
  • Battle of the Queens
  • Throne of War

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So far, Dikeh’s filmography contains more than 250 movies, which prove that she is a talented and hardworking actress.

Music career

The actress is also a talented musician who has recorded and released several singles. She released her first single titled Hi in 2012. Afterwards, she went on to release her first studio album.

In 2014, Nigerian singer, musician, songwriter, and rapper D’banj signed her to DB Records. Under this label, she released some new singles like Ekebe and Sugar Rush, which featured D’Banj himself. But her stay at the record label did not last long, with her opting to depart in 2015.

Below are her singles:

  • Hi
  • Itz Ova
  • Ekebe
  • Jeje
  • Crazically Fit
  • Sheba
  • Sugar Rush

Endorsement deals

  • February 5th 2016: Named an Ambassador to a property firm in Abuja, Numatville.
  • January 9th, 2018: Brand ambassador for a beauty and skincare brand, Pels International.
  • March 8th 2018: Ambassador for a perfume line, Sapphire Scents.
  • April 27th,2018: Signed an endorsement deal with the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on human trafficking.
  • March 24th 2019: Brand Ambassador for Amstel Malta.
  • March 23rd, 2019: Signed a 100 million naira endorsement deal with Zikel Cosmetic.

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Tonto Dikeh’s wedding ceremony

Is Tonto Dikeh married? Tonto was previously married to Olakunle Oladunni Churchill. Tonto Dikeh’s ex-husband is a nephew of the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Olakunle Churchill and Tonto’s relationship blossomed quickly when they met in a Lagos nightclub. The two got married in 2015. Tonto Dikeh’s traditional marriage was held in her home town in River State, Nigeria.

Where was Tonto Dikeh’s white wedding held? The couple did not have a white wedding ceremony. They only did the traditional wedding, which was later explained as necessary as she was pregnant at that time.

The actress parted ways with Churchill in 2017, just two years after their wedding, over allegations of domestic abuse and extra-marital affairs.

Tonto Dikeh’s child

Churchill and Tonto were blessed with a son who was born on 17th February, 2016. Tonto Dikeh’s son’s name is King Andre Dikeh.

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Tonto Dikeh’s surgery

Tonto Dikeh is one of those who don’t shy about having undergone a plastic surgery procedure to fix her figure. The mother of one said she underwent the procedure to alter her physique since she knew she didn’t have a curvy figure.

During an interview she stated that,

“Almost everyone knows, before now, that my physique wasn’t always right. If I had denied undergoing plastic surgery, fans would come trolling me for not revealing the truth.”

The actress added that,

“There’s also the stereotype problem that makes African women who undergo the procedure feel they have to deny doing so and keep it a secret. But why would I be ashamed to say I altered my physique? That norm, I think I’ve broken away from it. Confidence! Since I had my bum done, it has bolstered my confidence. I liked myself more. I became happier such that I even doubted if this was truly my body. If you don’t like it, fix it. That’s me.”

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Tonto Dikeh’s foundation

She established an NGO – Tonto Dikeh Foundation, which helps women fight against injustice and offers them psychological help.

Apart from this, the organization also takes care of abuse victims and awards scholarships to students with financial problems. The actress has also helped the Makurdi flood victims financially.

Body measurements

The Nigerian actress weighs 68kg ( 150 lbs) and is 5 ft 4 in (163 cm) talll. She has black eyes and black hair.

How much is Tonto Dikeh’s worth?

She has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million. The actress has acquired her net worth from her successful career as an actress, music and various endorsement deals.

House and cars

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Tonto poses next to a car. Photo: @tontolet
Source: Instagram

She owns a mansion in Aso Drive, Abuja. Tonto also has an expensive taste for cars. She owns the following cars:

  • 2017 Lexus 570
  • 2016 GMC Yukon XL
  • Toyota Prado TXL
  • Mercedes Benz 4matic C300
  • Bentley Continental TXL

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