Few days ago, Engineer-turned actress, Tonto Dikeh shared an inspiring Grass-Grace story with her fans all over the world; she talked about how she begged from hand-mouth, engaged in menial jobs to survive and her odyssey in the Nigerian movie industry. However, a whistle-blower believed to be a relative saw the story on twitter and labelled it a lie. Read Tonto’s story and the lady’s tweets below.
“Hmmmm looking back and all I can say iz Lord I thank you for talent oh life waz nt easy somtimz it seemz iz d end of d world, n somtimz I even sit n ask God why me? N somtimz I used to say why waz I nt born abroad cuz I used to think money fall frm tree ova der! Uni life waz so hard for me, handouts I could not afford I beg frm hand to hand jst to eat! Den wil be jeans @ alaba market if d jeanz is longer Dan me I will cut it to my size n I will say iz rugged jeans! I will ask frdz for favour b4 they help they will ask me to do somtin for dem eg clean their room, help with course work jst to hav 2000 nair gosh, I never allowed dat to pull me down play like play I finished my uni n graduate with 2nd class Engineering! Job waz hard to get mov frm place to place until 1 day I came across a poster dat says BE THE NEXT MOVIE STAR I applied and to GOD be the Glory THEY called me I waz sort listed for the realty TV show tho I dint win tho I dint win but I came out 2nd and the rest iz history so palz if I can make it in 9ja! U can also do d same life iz full of HARD TIMEZ but never let it break u down, never give up fight for what u believe cause God haz iz special plan for u! Diz my life my story hope to read urz som day n I see greatness in daz readn diz #EasyLionEasyTiger #poko”.
Her relative’s reply
@tushmee: “Biggest Lie of d year. U wantu be relevant??Look 4 oda ways…. Dnt try 2 put accross 2 d world dat our fada wasn’t capable**Dat man wld die 4 all of us. I could go 2 d press $ reveal who u truly r but m 2 blown 4 dat**Dnt bring down d family by talkn trash..We had d best life any1 cld wish 4. STUPIDITY @ its peak *Smh*. Lord knows,I don’t regret saying d truth but I didn’t say it 2 bring her down*I did wot I did 2 stand up 4 ma family dat I luv $ dad I adore”