Your favorite actress and singer Tonto Dikeh is in the news again, and in this interview with Punch, she reveals that she has finally found love among other things.
Interview excerpts below:
My full name is Tonto Charity Dikeh and I am Ikwerre from Rivers State. I was born into a close-knit family of seven. I studied Petrochemical Engineering at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. I had a beautiful childhood because my parents did not deny me the good things of life. Memories from my childhood are dear to me and are etched in my mind. I also have a very good relationship with my parents and siblings contrary to what people want to believe.
Acting is my first love and I did not abandon it to become a musician. I still act and I will continue to do so. I will not abandon singing either. In fact, I am working at becoming a better musician because I am still learning the ropes. I am currently working on releasing an album so my fans should expect nothing but the best from me. I am collaborating with a foreign artiste whose name I am not going to mention because I want it to be a surprise.
Apart from acting and music, I am also a businesswoman. I like to buy landed properties anytime I see what I like and realise I can afford it. I have produced several movies and I have gone to countless film schools through the years to hone my skills as an actress and producer. In the future, I hope to have a reality show that would give an insight into my life and the activities I am involved in.
Any avid viewer of African movie channels would attest to the fact that three or more movies where I have featured are broadcast every day. I am an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award winner and a regular face in Nollywood Movies. I am not one to blow my trumpet because I would rather have my works speak for me.
Many celebrities say they don’t read comments on stories written about them on the Internet whereas they read them. I am one person who doesn’t visit blogs and websites. It’s a personal decision not to do so. I don’t even know what these blogs are called. I have a cordial relationship with all my colleagues and I have absolutely no issues with Mercy Johnson-Okojie as it was once speculated; we are all cool people.
I would say I have a great and strong personality. I love myself so much. I am not also as shy as most people think I am. I didn’t let depression eat me up. You have to fight depression and overcome it; I did and won. I started the Tonto Dikeh Foundation so I can help others conquer depression.
I have not always been lucky with love and relationships but right now, I am happy I’ve found love. I have too many thoughts on marriage and I can spend an entire day speaking about it. I will marry whoever God leads me to. The inspiration behind my hit track, Sugar Rush is the fact that love conquers all.
I have absolutely no regrets in life because I consider every experience a lesson for me. I am most thankful for the life I am living and don’t wish to be anybody but me.