This stunning actress by the name Tonto Dikeh is one who has courted several controversies both in her personal life and entertainment career over the years. The vivacious actress is never afraid to speak bluntly and air her opinion, which has gotten her more enemies than friends, even among her family members. Nonetheless, Tonto doesn’t seem to care about what anybody has to say about her as she continues to do whatever makes her happy.
We take a critical look at the real age of Tonto Dikeh and what her true relationship with her siblings is like.
Profile Summary of Tonto Dikeh
- Full name: Tonto Charity Dikeh
- Date of Birth: June 9, 1985
- Age: 37
- Occupation: Actress, Musician, Writer, and Philanthropist
- Marital status: Divorced
- Years active: 2011–2017
Now 37 Years Old, Tonto Dikeh Has Achieved A Lot in Life
The beautiful actress was born in Ikwerre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, on June 9, 1985, which makes her 37 years old. She also grew up in the city where she was born, and before starting her acting career, she obtained a degree in petrochemical engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology. Although Tonto joined the movie industry when she was already a grown adult, it didn’t take long before she garnered nationwide fame, which has stood the test of time.
She Began Her Acting Career at the Age of 25
Tonto Dikeh has always been interested in acting while growing up. From a very tender age, she already made up her mind that she was going to build a successful career as an actress, and she went all out working hard to achieve success. Despite her childhood desire, she didn’t begin to act until her early 20s.
To properly launch her acting career, she was a contestant in the reality television series- The Next Movie star (2005), which centers around discovering new talents in the acting profession. Even though she didn’t win, the platform served as a springboard for the take-off of her career. The actress then made her first acting debut in 2006. Before her big break, she was already playing roles in many productions, starting from Tea or Coffee (2006). Subsequently, more roles began to come her way, turning her into a household name.
Her Big Break Came in 2010
Her first big role was in the film – Dirty Secret in 2010. The movie generated lots of controversy among Nigerians due to its inclusion of adult scenes. Tonto was inspired to take up her role in the movie after she met the girl who inspired the story in real life.
Her role in the movie was met with varying reactions, while some people criticized her role for being un-African and non-traditional, others supported her and stated that she was merely being a professional actress. Truly, she is professional in every sense of the word and has enough talent to play the game with her contemporaries.
The Actress Had Her First Child at 30
After keeping her fans in suspense for a while, Tonto Dikeh soon revealed that she was in a relationship with Oladunni Churchill. They had their traditional marriage in August 2015, and she welcomed her first child (son) the next year, on February 17, 2016.
They christened the baby Andre Omodayo Churchill, but her pet name for the young lad is Baby X. Tonto and Churchill have since gone their separate ways after much public drama. Their marriage came to a dramatic end in 2017 and Tonto has been single-handedly raising their son.
Tonto Dikeh Hails From Ikwerre, Rivers State, Nigeria
Even though there are several contrasting information on the internet concerning the quality of life Tonto Dikeh led while growing up, the universal truth is that she never lacked love while growing up. She is of Ikwerre descent, and her family is from Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State in Nigeria.
From all indications, she has spent most of her life in Port Harcourt and even studied petrochemical engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology. She later relocated to Lagos to allow her career to grow in the right environment.
She Grew Up Along With Six Siblings
Tonto Dikeh was born into a family made up of seven children, and she is the third child. Her mother gave birth to five children for her father before she passed on. At the time of her mother’s death, Tonto was just 3 years old. To care for his young children, her father married a second wife who had two more children. In all Tonto has six siblings.
Among her siblings, none is involved in showbiz, thus, they have no public presence. The only ones with a known identity are her brother Charles Dikeh, sisters- Tumshee and Tatiana Dikeh.
Tatiana Dikeh once narrated how she drank hypo in a bid to commit suicide, but somehow, she didn’t die. Tumshee is the one who called out Tonto when the actress ranted on social media about how she struggled to survive as a child. According to Tumshee, they had a comfortable life growing up, she further termed Tonto an attention seeker.
Her Relationship With Her Siblings is Super Strained
Despite coming from a large family, it appears that there is no sibling Tonto is close to. In 2014, on April 10, which is a day dedicated to appreciating siblings, Tonto Dikeh came out to state that she is her own family and none of her siblings are worth being one.
Moreover, Tushmee called out Tonto online for claiming to have lived as a pauper while growing up. According to her, they lived a comfortable life and Tonto was saying all this to seek attention and make them seem like their father was incapable of taking care of his children. She called her a liar and an attention seeker who will say anything to remain relevant.
Like most families, we have come to realize that Tonto isn’t perfect, but despite all the fight and clout, they will always be family just like her sister – Tatiana pointed out on social media. She has been known to come out to defend her sister on social media and affirms that, even though they have had their differences and will continue to do so, Tonto is still her blood, and she is ready to die for her.
Tonto Dikeh was raised by Her Father and Stepmother
Tonto’s biological parents are Sunny and Veronica Dikeh. Unfortunately, she lost her mother when she was only 3 years old and was raised by her father and stepmother. She has been sincere enough to appreciate her stepmother whom she referred to as the best stepmother in the world. She has taken to social media to intermittently thank her stepmom for putting up with her stubbornness, rudeness, and bullshit since age 3. More so, she commemorated her mother’s death with a heartfelt message on Instagram in 2020.