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Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has been embroiled in a war of words with her fans for acting in a soft porn Nollywood movie called "Dirty Secret". How dirty can the movie get ehh? (Some may wonder).
In the movie produced by Sanga Entertainment, the Nollywood actress and a lover kiss and wag tongues in a slow pace as the actress goes semi-nude, exposing private parts to the extent never seen before in any Nigerian movie.
Another Nigerian actor, Muna Obiekwe also starred in the movie, also portraying nude scenes.
Sanga Entertainment is a Bronx, New York-based Company with an annual turnover of less than $500, 000 and with less than four staff. It specializes in video tapes and disc renting service in the Bronx. The company started business in 2004.
The repeated explicit and lewd scenes in the movie have resulted in vitriolic attacks on the internet against the 25-year old actress who grew up without a mother in a family of nine children.
The enraged fans, mostly Ghanaians, are wondering why the light skinned pretty actress could not draw the line between ‘professionalism and pornography’. “Where do we draw the line between professionalism and just plain prostitution?” one Nollywood fan asks.
“How else do you guys want our movie industry to improve? Americans do it and they are better than Africa on all grounds. This is one step forward,” one fan comes to Tonto’s defence.
“Let’s not seem like we are encouraging this. There are better ways to make the industry grow. Where have we thrown our sense of decency?” another fan queries.
“This is disgraceful,” says Rakaya, another fan. “Nigerians are beginning to do the porn thing now. This is worse than Ghana movies,” another fan lashes out.
“Thank God Genevieve and Omotola did not feature in this, I would have dropped Nollywood right away,” another disappointed fan says.
The negative feedbacks, however, seem to have little effect on the actress who always wanted to be like American stars, such as Julia Robert or Sharon Stone, the woman who posed nude for Playboy magazine and acted in Basic Instinct, a highly controversial lewd movie in the 1990s.
On her twitter page she called her critics ‘pretenders’: “Why would we enjoy seeing nudity in Hollywood? It’s a f..cking profession peeps, grow up. I am all out with my job and f..ck you hard if you find otherwise. Rubbish f..cking pretenders. I hate fake damn tradition. I have got a mind and heart my profession requires.”
Born on 9 June 1985, Nigerian-born Tonto Dikeh is one of the most beautiful faces in Nollywood. 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.
Growing up without her mother, Tonto was confined to the parental care of just her father and stepmother in a large family of nine, including both parents and seven siblings.
Tonto is a graduate of petrochemical engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, South South 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.
Very little is known about the movie titled ‘Dirty Secrets’, as the producers have only released snippets of it in the trailer being spread around on “youtube.”
One Ghanaian commentator said online, “that it will be a shame if the movie sees the light of day.”
Have Your Say: What do you think of Nollywood film-makers producing soft porn films such as "Dirty Secrets"? Should it be allowed or banned?