Tonto Charity Dikeh-Churchill, also known as Tonto Dike (born 9 June 1985), is a Nigerian actress and singer from Rivers State and is of the Ikwerre tribe. Dikeh is from a family of seven.
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 criticized her role for being untraditional and un-African, others said that Dikeh was merely being professional.
In January 2011, Dikeh took part in a charity fashion show in Lagos with Banky W., Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and others.
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.
She got married to Oladunni Churchill last year and they gave birth to a bouncing baby boy this month.
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