Chances of Funke Akindele, Tonto Dikeh as running mates


The announcement of actresses — Funke Akindele and Tonto Dikeh — as running mates might very well go down as one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Their emergence has since elicited mixed reactions on social media. Many wondered how these Nollywood stars with many years of acting career will survive through turbulent political atmosphere as new entrants.

Some others lauded their emergence noting that it would brighten the chances of more women participation in governance.

Rivers gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Tonte Ibraye had picked Tonto as his running mate for the 2023 governorship elections in the State.

While Lagos Governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor, picked also picked Funke, as running mate.

Tonto, who is also musician and songwriter, has been entangled in many controversies, from her divorce from her ex-husband, Churchill Olakunle, in 2017 to a messy breakup with her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogiri, in 2021.

The outspoken actress is also known for constant social media fights with her ex-bestie, Bobrisky and other colleagues in Nollywood.

Tonto is from Ikwerre, Abio-Okpa, Rivers State, Nigeria. She is the founder of the Tonto Dikeh Foundation established on August 27, 2000 with the goal of lending a helping hand to the less privileged.

She attended both primary and secondary schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She gained admission into the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and bagged a degree in Petrochemical.

Funke, who is also a lawyer, is one of the most successful Nollywood actresses in contemporary times. She was born on August 24, 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She attended Grace Children School, Gbagada, Lagos State. Funke obtained a National Diploma (ND) in Mass Communication from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. She also earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.

She starred in the sitcom ‘I Need to Know’ from 1998 to 2002. She, however, rose to fame for her role in the movie titled Jenifa, which earned her the nickname Jenifa.

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