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Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Charity Dikeh (born 9 June 1985) is a Nigerian actress, singer, [1]songwriter and humanitarian.[2] On 27 August 2000, Tonto Dikeh set up her foundation, the Tonto Dikeh Foundation. The Foundation was established with clear vision and passion of making life better for all displaced and under privilege women, girls, youth, and children in Africa, in-respective of their Politically, Religious and Cultural differences. It also aims at organizing regular sensitization programs and symposium discussion that will bring sanity and civility to the black race; by taking issues that affect women, gender issues, rape, empowerment, climate change and child right.

Movies and television
Tonto Dikeh was featured in a movie titled Dirty Secret, which generated controversy among Nigerians due to its inclusion of adult scenes. While some people criticized her role for being nontraditional and un-African, others stated that Dikeh was merely being professional.[4][5]

Music career
Following a successful acting career, Tonto Dikeh decided to pursue a music career. Prior to that, she was featured in a music video for Amaco Investments, alongside Patience Ozokwor.[6] She made her music debut by releasing the singles “Hi” and “Itz Ova”, the latter of which features Snypa.[7][8] On 13 June 2014, Nigerian singer D’banj signed her to his record label, DB Records.[9] Tonto Dikeh announced her departure from DB records in March 2015.[10]

Personal life
Tonto Dikeh was born into a family of seven and is the third of five children. Her family is from Obio-Akpor, a LGA in Rivers State, and is of Ikwerre descent.[11][12] At age 3, she lost her mother and was raised by her step-mother, who has two children.[13] Dikeh studied petrochemical engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology.[citation needed] In September 2021, Tonto Dikeh’s ex-fiancé, Prince Joseph Kpokpogri, sued her and the Department of State Security (DSS) to court for allegedly threatening his fundamental human rights.[14] Kpokpogri said he left Tonto because of her hard smoking and bad drinking habit. [15]

Controversy
Her traditional marriage to Olakunle Churchill was held in August 2015. In 2014, she was rumored to have been in a sexual relationship with Rukky Sanda. However, during an interview with Rukky Sanda the rumour was debunked. In February 2016, Dikeh gave birth to her son, whom she nicknamed Baby X.[16] However, since then, the couple has gone and moved different ways.[17]

Dikeh had in early October 2021 entangled herself in a web of controversy after publishing in her social media handles, purported voice notes suggesting that her ex-lover, JOSEPH EGBRI (popularly known as Prince Kpokpogri) had sex tapes and nude photos on his smartphone of Usiwo Orezimena Jane, a Nigerian dancer, popularly known as JANEMENA. Dikeh was reported to have made the allegations in the wake of her messy breakup with her ex-lover, Kpokpogri, in September.[18]

Endorsements
On 5 February 2016, Tonto Dikeh was named an Ambassador to a property firm in Abuja (NUMATVILLE) worth millions of Naira.[19]

On 9 January 2018, Tonto Dikeh gets an endorsement as a brand ambassador for a beauty and skincare brand (Pels International). The beauty brand is popularly known for making skin brightening beauty products.[20]

On 8 March 2018, Dikeh became an ambassador for Sapphire Scents, a new perfume line offering distributorship business opportunities to Nigerians.[21]

On 27 April 2018, Tonto Dikeh bagged an endorsement deal with the National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on human trafficking.[22]

On 24 March 2019, Tonto Dikeh was revealed as the brand ambassador for Amstel Malta. This had happened when Tonto Dikeh stepped out in style for a dinner party organized by Amstel Malta. The dinner, organized specifically for brand influencers, saw Dikeh announced as one of its ambassadors.[23]

On 23 May 2019, Tonto Dikeh signed a 100million Naira endorsement deal with Zikel Cosmetics.[24]

Child
Tonto is a mother of one. When she was married to her ex-husband Olakunle Churchill, she had King Andre Omodayo Dikeh (previously Churchill). On February 17th, 2016, Andre was born. She adores him and is striving to be a wonderful mother.

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