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BN Bytes: “Criticism Doesn’t Get to Me” – Nollywood Star Tonto Dikeh speaks on Music, Tattoos, Al Pacino, Don Jazzy & More on Ndani TV’s “The Juice”



It’s Poko Baby!

We have seen many celebrities from Wizkid to Iyanya and Davido on Ndani TV’s The Juice but none can beat the very outspoken Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh.

In this interview with Toolz, the pokolet brought her stylish best – rocking a black leather jacket, wavy locks and a “Fabulous” gold belt.

Six Fun Facts from the Interview
She always wanted to be a man – When Toolz asked her what career path she wanted to choose when growing up, Tonto said an Engineer. And jokingly said I always wanted to be a man. To do the man work.

Music keeps her happy – You may not like her singles, Hi, Itz Ova and Crazically Fit, but Tonto is not backing down anytime soon. Speaking on crossing over from acting to music, she tells Toolz, I just picked up a new passion, something to keep me going, something I can be happy about.

Criticism doesn’t get to her – Love her or not, Tonto says criticism doesn’t ever get to her, She tells Toolz that I have always had negative comments, that’s how I live, feed and get my strength

Her Music Video will be shot for FREE – Yes, you read that right. Tonto won the Nigezie Magic Factory and they will shoot the video for free. She tells Toolz, the video will be colourful, poko-ish, lovely.

She will perform LIVE on Rhythm Unplugged – Get ready see Tonto live on stage this December. She will perform on stage alongside Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, May D, eLDee, Seyi Shay and more at the Rhythm Unplugged.

She is Taken – If one of your new year resolutions is to meet Tonto and propose to her, you better think twice. When asked about her relationship status, Tonto gushed that she is in a relationship and said she had a “past” with Don Jazzy..ok!

Let’s not bore you with talk, check it out!

If you haven’t heard any of Tonto’s songs, click here to listen to Hi and Itz Ova as well as Crazically Fit


  1. K

    December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Tonto’s fonear tho?! Poko Baby

  2. K

    December 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm


    • Naaaa

      December 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Charity has spoken. Continue fooling yourself with illusions of Grandeur….I laff in cantonese…

  3. Joan

    December 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm


    • Joan

      December 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      08:40 – 08:48 watch Toolz’ face lol

    • Me

      December 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      so whats with the face? can’t see nothing!

  4. bey

    December 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Asinnnnnn who are her fans?? Why?! *tears*

  5. izzy

    December 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    TF is Poko???????

  6. alexok

    December 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Okay so Toolz needs to throw out these closed front weaves. IT is not flattering at all. Does she not have hair to cover her weaves and make them look natural. Also she needs to loose that weight fast. As for Tonto, who are Tonto Dike fans???

    • Sunshine

      December 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I agree with your statement completely. My pet peeve is bad and/or over-abundance of weaves. And for real, Tonto Dike is a horrible actress and her spoken english in movies is horrible (note people I didn’t say her accent), I mean her grammar is really poor when acting. On a more positive note she does look nice here!!!

  7. fatty

    December 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    everyone should pls leave her Jo, atleast her songs don’t have that typical Naija beats.

  8. Precious

    December 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    she is just having fun

  9. Okee

    December 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Tonto dike leave this jacket alone .same you wore to uche jumbo’s premier ,after you will say you have. Money to make ones parent kill. Their never buy clothe finish .just saying

    • Bisqo

      December 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      ???? what are you typing???? geez, I have a headache trying to make sense of it.

  10. Sbaby

    December 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Toolzo With the Tools I would like to see you rocking your natural hair

  11. Camron

    December 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Tonto, u always wanted to be a man and do the man thing????????? like screwing fellow ladies rite??????

  12. Jess

    December 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    So she’s never going away? This is bad, real bad…

  13. adiara malachy

    December 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    tonto do ur tin joor dont mind d haters they are jobless i love ur way u noo send anybody

  14. Teefah

    December 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    She looks amazing i can’t even lie
    But I can NOT get past that foneee…what is becurze?
    You have to admire her tho, she doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks, and all the negative press has people talking, and that gives her the publicity she’s after. Kinda smart when you think about it.

    • Poshla

      December 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Yup! smart move! we all know that’s how the Kardashians came to be, it all started by negative publicity and having us diss them all day! but thanks to E!, now they are well into stardom and publicity……smart move! as they say,” better to be named than ignored”

  15. Tunmi

    December 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    It’s good that she’s not letting the negativity get to her but she really, REALLY, needs to consider (and possibly take) some criticisms

  16. jazzyphi

    December 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    not fund of her, but have to admit she’s quite the character, and very self assured I can respect that I guess

    • jazzyphi

      December 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm


  17. Tera

    December 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Tonto! I hate to hate, really I do. So this isn’t hating. You can’t speak good English, pardonable offence. You trying on this fone business is pushing it. For the love of your fans, stop it! Oh her fans are just as bad, oops!

    • Anon

      December 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      She can’t speak good English? Her tenses were all correct. If you mean her pronunciation is bad, then that’s a different thing. I’ve noticed everyone Toolz interviews puts on this accent. Even Linda did.

  18. Beenie

    December 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    She looks like she’s uncomfortable,like she’s mastered all she said.thank God she said she would pick acting instead of singing..phew!

  19. igbo canadian

    December 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    lol! e b like sey toolz dey fear the babe.

    • Tracey

      December 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Of course when you interview someone as fierce as Tonto who has probably been on “one” Toolz has gotta fear face o! ‘cos Tonto will eat her raw even on camera……and as wel all know, will never feel a single gram of shame! 🙂

  20. Toolz ooo

    December 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Toolz stomach at 12:47!!!! Small waiste? Nonsense . Dat is flab joh.
    Tonto ‘pafect role’ ok o

    • Jay

      December 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Come off it! Over beef is worrying you

  21. anon

    December 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    That was an awkward interview

  22. nene

    December 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    wow. her belt says “fabulous” who told u that lie aunty tonto charity dike. this interview is wayy better than the golden icons one. i guess she’s trying to be more composed now.

  23. nene

    December 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    the composure seems forced though. i don’t buy this calm persona she’s puttin on but it’s better for her.

  24. Madame

    December 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Behind my back! Really Ms. DIKE?!

  25. tope

    December 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    “578 lines and strokes and shades”. my dear u have that SINGLE tattoo on your back. this chick is just strange, her demeanor and the way she speaks. local girl. “becaurse”. she sounds arrogant and she talks out of point trying to come across as smart.

    • Ginika

      December 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

      You need to develop a thick skin in this industry.

      I get that she has developed a rhino’s skin in other to keep going. Look closely after even bragging about being extremely good, she looks away (she looks down) and continues, that says to me that it is an attitude she has adopted and that she isnt deluded. You have to have that attitude to freely be an expressive person (which she is naturally).

  26. moi

    December 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    pleeeeassssseeeeeee, you studied engineering, that doesnt make you an engineer, LOL… who dash you, mtschewwwwww. ” i am an engineer” you wish…Dont be daft Tonto, chie… like really, LMAO!

    • Kate

      December 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Sorry dear, she is an Engineer! don’t hate. And as she well stated, she is an Engineer but she is not practicing. Even your hate can’t take that one away from her atleast

    • B-baby

      December 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      kate na fight , dem pay u ?

    • Kate

      December 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      It’s a strong feature to stand out from the crowd! that everyone disses her doesn’t mean I must go with the flow!……too badsorry to dissapoint your expectations of me *wink!

  27. A G

    December 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Guys I think Tonto shld be left alone. Afterall she dint beg anyone for money to record her songs in the studio. If u like buy her music ànđ if u dont simply walkaway.

  28. meeeee

    December 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Tonto is something else, very cocky and mgbeke gal.

  29. what

    December 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Im sorry BUT the criticisms DEFINITELY get to her………she just formed a persona to deal with them…which is poko…………some people deal with criticisms well others dont…….the reason why she has to ‘prove to the haters’ is because it get to her……shikena…

    • what

      December 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Like the way she deals with things and her spirit sha…..although sometimes to the happiness of others…

  30. jyde

    December 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    #POKO# Dont mind dem jare.i sabi talk dat kine slang too.
    Im comin babygirl.
    To show my love im catching two crocodile and giant python for you.
    Na village love so make una no begin yabb me joor.

  31. Dr Nas.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Tonto how can who you dated (don jazzy) be a father figure to you?. na wa o ! what message r u sending to your young fans. think before you talk Babes, again your wig abi na weavon is sooo scary. you need to fire the hair dresser. punk ass !.

  32. Patty

    December 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Tonto dike is gorgeous….

  33. dee one

    December 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Tonto…leather jacket zipped to d top in naija….seriously.?????

  34. Artful Dodger

    December 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    i take exception to the fact that she calls herself an engineer…

  35. Alhaji

    December 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Tonto says she is really good at what she does???Really???Yes in Nollywood and Nollywood only

  36. xy

    December 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I’m now officially a “poko lover” lol…Tonto is beautiful, I really admire her confidence

  37. sweetie

    December 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    please what does poko mean ?

  38. barbz

    December 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

    she’s 2 cocky.. in her words “Am extremely good at what i do” who told u so??? Mercy Johnson in better nd a Good name is better than riches so she shld stop fooling herself by craving nd creating unnecessary drama nd attention..

  39. HRS

    December 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

    This Ndani seat should be changed jare, makes Toolz uncomfortable, makes me uncomfortable! Toolz had to put one hand on the chair for support, while making gesture with the other….. They could make it a love seat with a high back, so they could sit up, or individual throne-like chairs…..

    As for the interview…. Well Tonto is a great actress, expression is always on point, truth be told, singing ain’t for her… But still, wish her the very best, at least she’s trying to make a living in an honorable way….

  40. Brandigest

    December 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Nigeria celebrities are the only ones who don’t answer questions directly.. Ask them, are u in a relationship? Are u dating xxxx? Is it true u once had a crush on xxxx? Are u getting married?? Do u think xxx is deserved to win???etc their answers are all d same- “i don’t discuss me private life publicly or No need to ask cos I wouln’t answer”. Tonto is different from all of them, maybe that’s why I like her now though not a fan.

  41. Agbaya

    December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Toolz, you are so beautiful..
    Tonto,Criticisms dont get to u indeed, yet u react to every negative thing u hear/ read about yourself, Dont come n stage maturity here because we all know ur very immature, I’d say this, I feel bad for those who look up to you as a role model, ur display on twitter makes me dislike u.U use too much expletives..Stop it already
    I dont care about what you say here,its not my business…Until you change ur choice of words,I can’t take u seriously.

  42. cathy

    December 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    pls where is @idak? abeg come comment nah

  43. bebe

    December 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    see d razz belt sef….shioooor*spits*

  44. cece

    December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Nigerian actors,actresses,singers,OAPs(awon radio) and co,pls take dis as an unofficial memo and reduce the phonerizing,no,stop it forheaven’s sake!!!I forgot about ha horrible songs,razz belt,excessive fake hair,unnecessary pride and was stunned at d “fakery” of ha accent!!!I thot dat d Nigerian accent,being one of d world’s sexiest dis year wld encourage us to embrace it in public.Please people,please!God bless Nigeria.

  45. jenny

    December 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    dis girl is an original otondo!!!someone created a mix from ha song and Vic. O’s and she is feeling cool wit haself oooo…she no know who Vic. o be ni???lwkmd(literally o)…kai

  46. dara

    December 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    i c talentless elements in the air

  47. dara

    December 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    oh tonto…u need to get a grip of ursef.lyk wakeup girl(or is it man?)

  48. dara

    December 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    LOL!!!…finally,a female VICO.

  49. Njideka

    December 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love this Tonto Girl! U go Girl! Do your thing and don’t care what people think about u. Its ur life, no one will leave it for you!

  50. Z.P

    December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    She looks good though!

  51. irregadeless

    December 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    [email protected] Idak….may be his overdose of positive pills could not make him abi na her ,comment anymore.

  52. B-baby

    December 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Na wa oh dis multiple personality replying pples coments lik say tonto b ur room mate ?????? uve got ur own reasons 4 likin her doesnt mean every one must .. abi tonto na u ? if not, pls calm down

  53. Ngozi

    December 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I think a lot of people just enjoy criticizing this girl. Apart from the unnecessary ‘phonerized’ pronunciation of ‘because’, I must complement her on her body language in this interview. Fair enough her songs may not be everyone’s cup of tea but at least lets cut her some slack. Furthermore, I liked her comment on how people judge her based on the way she interprets her roles. Lets be honest, if you’re judging based on character interpretation in her movies then believe it or not it means shes believable in portraying these characters which automatically makes her a darn good actress.

    Abeg Nigerians please chill, unnecessary hating is not good o bikonu

  54. Rose

    December 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I am tonto dike fan 4 dose who are looking 4 her fan.

  55. bookworm

    December 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Watching that was pure torture!

  56. Bidi bang

    December 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Tonto is so lame like seriously girl lol…..personally I will not watch her movies anymore too much sex scenes in nollywood these days what happened to days when they skipped the scenes and we knew they had sex please stop making mini porns….I am a born again Christian.

  57. lucy888

    December 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    poor girl trying so hard to get attention…..just be yourself and be real thats all it takes.

  58. Ms. Dior

    December 30, 2012 at 4:34 am

    o_O Tonto idikwa serious o.

  59. ch

    July 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I believe this wld be one of the worst guest Toolz has ever interviewed, and the worst Ndani I’ve ever watched. Tonto is so unnatural, she oozes so much fake persona that she cldnt even have a relaxed discussion here. Her cockiness is unbelievable. Lol @ extremely good. I can only liken u to the lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree , looked round and nodded to himself saying he would praise himself if no one else did. If ur acting is ur idea of extremely good then u still av a lot to learn nt jst about acting bt about life in general.

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