ABOUT MRS. TONTO DIKEH CHURCHILL
As one of Nollywood’s most elegant stars, TONTO DIKEH CHURCHILL embodies a sensual elegance and casual grace that is reflected in the characters she portrays. Her remarkable talent is evident in the myriad of roles she has played in a plethora of movies that have further lent credence to her status as a screen goddess and delectable feminine symbol in Nigeria’s ever expanding movie industry. Born on the 9th of june 1985 into a family of seven from the Ikwerre tribe in Port Harcourt, Rivers state Nigeria, the alluring artiste bagged a bachelor of science degree in Petrochemical Engineering from the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state on her road to becoming one of the biggest superstars in the entertainment industry.
She first shot to prominence in 2006 when she emerged as the first runner up in the reality TV show “The Next Movie Star”. In her own words, her appearance on the show was a means of getting closer to stardom.
Remarkably, her acting career began soon after and her appearance in the movie “Holy Cross” was quite an audition as she came to the attention of more producers and directors within the industry. However, it was her show-stopping performance in “Dirty Secret” that put her firmly in the limelight. The movie earned her mixed reviews as she was berated for her perceived disregard for African culture in some quarters while many praised her for her outstanding professionalism and unwavering passion for the job.
The adorable light-skinned beauty has not looked back ever since and has gone on to appear in an avalanche of movies including Tea or Coffee (2006), Pounds and Dollars (2006), Missing Rib (2007), Final hour (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 Sun (2009), Dangerous Beauty (2009), My Fantasy (2010), Zara, Dirty Secret (2010), Last Mission, Blackberry Babes Reloaded (2012), Miss Madonna, Family Disgrace, Secret Mission, Rush Hour, Fatal Mistake, Mortal Desire, Criminal Widow 1&2, Terror of a Widow 3&4 (2013), Battle of the Queens (2014) and Throne of War (2014).
Her excellence on the screen earned her the award for Best Actress at the Future Awards 2012, and the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards 2013 which saw her beat a host of other top actresses to the much coveted gong. Having become an icon and a reference point in the movie industry, Tonto Dikeh’s sojourn into music has predictably turned a few heads and the ever smiling sultry diva has shown that she sounds as beautiful as she looks. After releasing two singles titled “Hi” and “Itz Ova” amidst controversy and criticism of her vocal ability, she went on to release “Crazically fit” featuring Terry G, “Ekebe” and “JeJe” and “Sugar Rush” featuring D’banj, all of which enjoyed steady airplay and massive downloads. She received an endorsement of her lyrical content and vocal ability when Pop Legend D’banj unveiled her as an artiste under his record label, DB Records.
Earlier in the year, she decided to give something back to her fans by creating some much needed buzz and attention for her new music video ‘Sugar Rush’. The #sugarrushtonto contest held on social media platform Instagram had a cash prize of $1000. Weeks down the line, the winner has emerged and the actress has awarded the prize money to the lucky winner.
Away from the screen, the desirable actress is a cheerful giver. She took part in a charity fashion show alongside Banky W, Omotola Jalade Ekeninde in January 2011 and went on to give out scholarships to exceptional children across countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, to be mentioned few and globally.
The TONTO DIKEH FOUNDATION is her own platform for lending a helping hand to the less privileged and playing her part in building a better society. Whether she’s a character on the screen or a voice in the studio, Tonto Dikeh is a class act with a transient appeal that shows no sign of slowing down.