In a recent interview, Tontoh Dike discusses her Smoking habits and seminude movies roles. Read excerpts below
How true is the rumor that you are a heavy smoker and canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do without cigarette?
Tonto Dike: We are just so shallow minded. How does that come into the way I act? Excuse me (voice raised). That is my personal life. If I want to smoke, I handle a stick of cigarette and I smoke it hard. It is my life I can decide to smoke myself to hell. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nobodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s business.
Yeah! Just like you were smoking before this interview started?
Tonto Dike: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left for me to think about it. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left for me to continue. How has smoking affected my acting job? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nobody business and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t affect what you see on TV.
Many said your smoking habit has made you become asthmatic.
Tonto Dike: (Laughs out loudly) I think my health problems have nothing to do with my job. If I have a health problem then I have a health problem. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not something that is meant for the public or the world.
How true is it also that you are into lesbianism?
ATonto Dike: ha! There is nothing that is surprising to me anymore. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t live my life based on what people say about me.
You acted in the movie, Ã¢â‚¬ËœDirty Secret,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ alongside Muna Obiekwe and Jibola Dabo. The movie has generated so much criticism. How have you taken it?
Tonto Dike: I felt it but I felt it in a very positive way. It really helped my career. It helped me with my job and my personality as a woman. The movie has been highly talked about and it even got me more popularity. It was really crazy to be part of it. I got paid to interpret a role as an actress and I did it perfectly well. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give a f**k about what anybody is saying out there.
Some critics felt your seminude role in the movie was totally African?
Tonto Dike: I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what the Africa role is. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know about being an African or not. I am a human being and an actress. That is all I know. Being an African is not part of my job.