While speaking in an exclusive interview with Premium Times, popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, who was a guest at the unveiling ceremony of the 2017 African Children Talent Discovery Foundation, “Unleash Your Talent”, which was held in Lagos on Monday, spoke about her ‘Born Again Status’, and other issues.
Here are excerpts from the chat;
What is the secret behind your new glow?
Well, firstly I am born again and when you have God, you just radiate. So all the glow is from within; you don’t fake God’s glow. You also can’t fake God’s glory because it overwhelms you. I don’t know how to say what I want to say but when God steps into a situation or your life he elevates you and makes you see things in a different light. So, the glow you see is all God. I am a radical for Christ.
Do you plan to set up a church or become an evangelist?
Yes I will, before I became an entertainer I was close to becoming an evangelist but I backslid. But not to say anything, I am back with God. I don’t know where God is taking me to. But if it is the pulpit, I am ready.
You go the extra length when it comes to your son. Your Fathers Day outing readily comes to mind.
I heard motherhood is difficult but I think my son and I share a special kind of love that makes everything easy. Its not that I don’t get stressed out or mad at him sometimes. I do. But the love and the grace of God is sufficient for both of us.
You appear to have adjusted to life in Abuja
I thought I could never live outside Lagos because I thought everything outside Lagos was too slow. I need that slow life now because nobody is my face and neither am I in people’s faces. I’m changing my circle of friends and redecorating my life so I needed that space.
Do you think you can regain your privacy again?
I have always been a very private person and anything that people say about me is what they want to make up. No one truly knows me, no one knows what I eat or don’t eat. No one knows me and the only thing about me that is being made public is what I post on social media. So, if I don’t post it, disregard it.
So, are some of the backlashes you have received on social media lately a result of your being born again?
Well, even if I wasn’t born again, they will still come for me. You see, the devil cannot steal from an empty barrel; you have to be fully charged. I will go through a lot of things, whatever is happening now this is nothing compared to what is yet to come. What I have seen is not even half of what will come in the future. I am ready for more; there will be worse to come and I’m ready for it. When God prepares you in a different kind of way, I can fight my battles on my own strength.
Following your new status as a child of God, will you remarry or reconcile with your estranged husband?
Love is a beautiful thing and love is exquisite. So, of course, I will remarry once I find true love.