Born on June 9th, 1985, Nigerian born Tonto Dikeh is a face to reckon with in the now-known NOLLYWOOD “Nigerian movie entertainment” industry. With an increasing profile of Nollywood movies to her credit, she has gradually acquired a large fan base among Nollywood movie fans both in Africa and in other parts of the world such as the United States, where these movies are beginning to gain a lot of popularity. The light skinned, beautiful, sweet- smiling talented Tonto has her determination and her God to thank for her break into the limelight.
Growing up without her mum, Tonto was confined to the parental care of just her father and stepmother in a large family of nine, including both parents and seven ssiblings. At a tender age, she gained admiration for notable Hollywood icons Julia Roberts and Al Pacino, and said to herself, “I can do this”
Her description of Julia Roberts: “Lighthearted and serious-minded, brave in the face of any movie role that comes her way…. I see a lot of Julia Robert in myself . The journey to acting had its rough patches, the most threatening being her admission into the University to study engineering. She says, “Deep within my heart, I cried, thinking I would never achieve my dreams.” She had embraced the idea of an incompatibility between higher education and acting.
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However, she decided to take on both activities with enough passion to keep her going till the end. That decision finally worked her advantage. Tonto is now a graduate in petrochemical engineering at the University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Nigeria.
Tonto’s big break came in 2006 through a Nigerian reality TV show, TheNextMovie Star, where she emerged the first runner-up, exposing her to the big world of Nigerian movie entertainment. Her experience, she says, was a lot of fun and very emotional, helping her to learn the concepts and character analysis and character interpretation in theater arts.
At the end of the reality TV show, Tonto had become acquainted with a few people in industry who believed in her dreams and movies started coming. Since then, she has been fully involved in a series of Nigerian movies, acting alongside other prominent Nigerian actors.
She still has bigger dreams, with Hollywood and the opportunity to take classes at the New York film Academy her next targets. She also intends to own a standard editing studio and a petrochemicals firm in Nigeria.
Apart from starring in movies, Tonto loves dancing and reading fictional novels and her Bible. With her impressive aspirations, there’s definitely a lot more to come from Miss Tonto Dikeh.