Tonto Charity Dikeh (born 9 June 1985) is a Nigerian actress, singer, songwriter and humanitarian.[1] 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.[2]

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Tonto Charity Dikeh

(1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 36)
Other names
  • Poko
  • Tontolet
  • Mama King
  • King Tonto
Alma materRivers State University of Science and Technology
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • philanthropist
Years active2006–present
Notable work
  • Missing Rib
  • Games Fools Play
  • A Night with the King
  • Zara
Oladunni Churchill
(m. 2015; div. 2017)
Musical career
Years active2011–2017
LabelsPoko Entertainment
Associated acts

Movies and televisionEdit

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.[3][4]

Music careerEdit

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.[5] She made her music debut by releasing the singles "Hi" and "Itz Ova", the latter of which features Snypa.[6][7] On 13 June 2014, Nigerian singer D'banj signed her to his record label, DB Records.[8] Tonto Dikeh announced her departure from DB records in March 2015.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[10][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.[14] 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.[15] Kpokpogri said he left Tonto because of her hard smoking and drinking habit. [16]


Her traditional marriage to Oladunni 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.[17] However, since then, the couple has gone and moved different ways.[18]

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.[19]


On 5 February 2016, Tonto Dikeh was named an Ambassador to a property firm in Abuja (NUMATVILLE) worth millions of Naira.[20]

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.[21]

On 8 March 2018, Dikeh became an ambassador for Sapphire Scents, a new perfume line offering distributorship business opportunities to Nigerians.[22]

On 27 April 2018, Tonto Dikeh bagged an endorsement deal with the National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on human trafficking.[23]

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.[24]

On 23 May 2019, Tonto Dikeh signed a 100million Naira endorsement deal with Zikel Cosmetics.[25]

Selected singlesEdit

Title Year Ref
"Hi" 2012 [26]
"Itz Ova"
"Crazically Fit" (featuring Terry G) [27]
"Jeje" 2013 [28]
"Sheba" (featuring Solid Star) [29]
"Ekebe" 2014 [30]
"Sugar Rush" (featuring D'banj) 2015 [31]

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Tea or Coffee (2006)
  • Pounds and Dollars (2006)
  • Missing Rib (2007)
  • Final Hour (2007)
  • Divine Grace (2007)
  • 7 Graves (2007)
  • Crisis in Paradise (2007)
  • Insecurity (2007)
  • Away Match (2007)
  • Games Fools Play (2007)
  • The Plain Truth (2008)
  • Love my Way (2008)
  • Before the Fall (2008)
  • Total Love (2008)
  • Strength to Strength (2008)
  • Missing Child (2009)
  • Native Son (2009)
  • Dangerous Beauty (2009)
  • My Fantasy (2010)
  • Zara
  • Dirty Secret (2010)
  • Last Mission
  • Blackberry Babes Re-loaded (2012)
  • Secret Mission
  • Rush Hour
  • Fatal Mistake
  • Family Disgrace
  • Miss Maradonna
  • Mortal Desire
  • Criminal Widow 1
  • Criminal Widow 2 (2013)
  • Then Terror of a Widow 1 (2013)
  • Then Terror of a Widow 2 (2013)
  • Battle of the Queens (2014)
  • Throne of War (2014)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ABOUT TONTO DIKEH". Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Tonto Dikeh Foundation". 2 June 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Nollywood Splits Over Tonto Dike". Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Nigerian celebrities and Tattooing". The Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Tonto Dikeh life history and profile, Playing music with Patience Ozokwor". Anambra fashion week. 22 January 2012.
  6. ^ "World Premiere Tonto Dikeh". Too Xclusive.
  7. ^ "Tonto Dike needs to learn how to sing". Nigeria films.
  8. ^ "D'banj Finally Unveils DB Records Lee Family". Joints Arena.
  9. ^ "Tonto Dike Leaves D'banj's Record Label". Naija Loaded.
  10. ^ "Olakunle Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million". – Nigeria news. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Tonto Dikeh". – Nigeria news. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Actress Tonto Dikeh Full Biography Life And News – How Nigeria". How Nigeria. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Photos – Tonto Dikeh Shares Late Mum, Step Mother & Dad". MJ Celebrity Magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2016..
  14. ^ "Tonto Dikeh Biography,Life History,Profile & movies". Retrieved 24 October 2016..
  15. ^ "Tonto Dikeh's estranged lover, Prince Kpokpogri drags DSS, actress to court over threat to fundamental rights". TonyGutsy. 22 September 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Your hard smoking and heavy drinking made us break-up, Kpokpogri claps back at Tonto Dikeh". Punch Newspapers. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Actress welcomes first child, releases maternity photos". Pulse Nigeria. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Actress reveals sadness over her relationship with husband, Churchill, in an interview with OAP Daddy Freeze". TonyGutsy. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Popular dancer, Janemena, petitions police over Tonto Dikeh's cyberstalking, defamation". 11 October 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  20. ^ "Property firm appoints Tonto Dikeh as brand ambassador". Inemesit Udodiong. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Tonto Dikeh Gets Endorsement Deal With Beauty Brand". mystatenews. mystatenews. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Tonto Dikeh Becomes Sapphire Scents Brand Ambassador". Naija Gists. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Tonto Dikeh bags endorsement deal". Kemifilani. Kemifilani. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Tonto Dikeh Revealed As Amstel Malta New Brand Ambassador". Plat4om. Plat4om. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Tonto Dikeh bags N100m deal with Zikel cosmetics". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak Tv. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  26. ^ "Tonto Dikeh – Itz Ova + Hi". 17 October 2012.
  27. ^ "Single Premiere: Tonto Dikeh ft Terry G - Crazically Fit -".
  28. ^ "Tonto Dikeh – JEJE". 28 February 2013.
  29. ^ "Tonto Dikeh – Sheba ft Solidstar". 9 June 2013.
  30. ^ "Tonto Dikeh premieres New Song "Ekebe" – Listen".
  31. ^ "VIDEO: Tonto Dikeh – Sugar Rush ft. D'banj". 28 April 2015.

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