Popular Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh has announced that she will be quitting the Nollywood industry to focus on her political career.
The mother of one was recently appointed the African Democratic Congress (ADC) deputy governorship candidate for Rivers State on June 24, 2022 and will be running alongside Tonte Ibraye, the ADC governorship candidate.
Tonto disclosed her decision to quit the movie industry in an interview with BBC News Pidgin after she was asked if she had any plans to return to acting.
“I’ve done like two films in 10 years, so you can’t tell me I’m still in the industry. I would always appreciate that it was the industry that my path started from, that my shine started from, it is something that I respect, but it’s not something that has been in my life for a while now. So even after the election, it is not something I plan on bringing back.”
Tonto also commended her colleagues Funke Akindele and Banky W who are also vying for political offices.
Funke is running for deputy governorship candidate in Lagos while Banky is eyeing the House of Representatives seat in Eti-Osa constituency, Lagos.
“I believe in Funke, I believe in Banky. These two people… I can hold to something and say I believe that these people have a vision for the people,” Tonto added.
She went on to compare her chances of winning to the duel between biblical David and Goliath, saying “anything can happen.”