Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh Reveals How T.B. Joshua’s Prayers Ended Her 14 Year Smoking Addiction

Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh Reveals How T.B. Joshua’s Prayers Ended Her 14 Year Smoking Addiction

Tonto Dikeh
Popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has sensationally revealed that the sudden end to her smoking addiction came through the prayers of Pastor T.B. Joshua via his Christian station Emmanuel TV.

Dikeh, who rose to fame after becoming the runner up in the Nigerian reality show, ‘The Next Movie Star’ in 2006, had garnered a controversial reputation in Nollywood for being a heavy smoker. According to Dikeh, she started chain-smoking at the age of 13 and there seemed no signs of the habit waning. When questioned about her smoking in an interview with Nigeria’s Nation Newspaper early last year, the Rivers State born star said, “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. It’s nobody’s business.”

The habit recently led to a serious clash between her and Ghanaian actor Van Vicker when he bitterly complained at her smoking on set, culminating in a heavy exchange of words. When probed in September 2011 about the health implications of her habit, the care-free actress retorted, “My smoking habit doesn’t affect your life in anyway. If I die tomorrow, you’re not going to bury me. My father has the money to bury me. So, why are they talking about it?”

However, there was a sudden twist in the tale in May 2012 when, seemingly out of the blue, Tonto tweeted to her over 80,000 followers on Twitter, ‘I’ve good news for those who wish me well. Its silly good news but ya’ll going to love this. I quit smoking!’ Although the announcement was met with almost unanimous approval from her fans, speculation was rife as to what caused her sudden decision, many doubting whether it would actually last. But in an online article published this week, the sultry actress shed light on the spiritual element to her quitting in an interview with Nigerian entertainment magazine, ‘E24-7’.

“I didn’t quit smoking by myself,” she explained to Biodun Kupoluyi. “I was watching a program on TV with Prophet T.B. Joshua and he was laying hands on people and praying for them. I love to watch his programs on Emmanuel TV. When he was praying, he said, ‘Lay your hands on the TV’ and I just laid my hands that day. I actually needed something else from God, not to quit smoking because I loved smoking! However, after praying I sat back and I think I slept off.”

After a short nap, Tonto awoke and attempted to smoke as usual. However, according to her, something inexplicably supernatural had happened. “When I woke up, I took a stick of cigarette and I felt crazy. I couldn’t even imagine that I took it up to smoke in the first place. It felt like poison!” An addiction of 14 years was ended through a simple prayer on television. Three months down the line, Dikeh has remained clean from smoking.

Judging by online reaction to Tonto’s revelation, it appears her experience is not an isolated one. Many viewers of Joshua’s Emmanuel TV testified to similar experiences, including Lovemore Chibvongodze from United Kingdom who told the official T.B. Joshua Ministries Facebook Page, followed by close to 300,000 people, how his 34 year addiction to smoking and drinking alcohol ended through prayers on Emmanuel TV.

Joshua, who was recently adjudged by Paris-based magazine, ‘The Africa Report’ to be among the 50 most influential Africans, is growing increasingly popular across Africa largely due to the increase in awareness of and intrigue in Emmanuel TV.

Speaking on T.B. Joshua’s positive influence in her life, Tonto said, “I watch him every day, I write to him every time I can, I tweet on him. I think that he is a person that influences my life positively in a lot of ways just through the TV alone… I am following him because I think he is following Jesus. I just love him because he is a man of God and he has specially affected my life and my friends too.”

Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance Nigerian journalist

50 Responses to "Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh Reveals How T.B. Joshua’s Prayers Ended Her 14 Year Smoking Addiction"

  1. commando   August 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    That’s the power of the Holy Spirit. Better is not good enough, the best is yet to come. TB Joshua is a man of faith. Those agaist Go and deliver him tho u r the ones who can be delivered. In Jesus Name………

  2. Kevin says t b joshua is fake   August 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    3 words describe tb. BOGUS POKUS PROPHET! The bible said in tha last days many will come and say there doing Gods will! But are actually decievers from the devil! Tb j is high on that satan juice!

  3. Bwalya iwe, bwalya msosoka!   August 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

    If I were her I would quit too expecially with all d criticism surrounding it. Quitting smoking is not easy just as quitting any long term addiction but if truely God has delivered her, then ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!
    But please stop TALIAING for money. Its a shame!

  4. Philip   August 24, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I believe Tonto 100%, i also managed to quit my habit of 24yrs after praying along with TB Joshua on Emmanuel TV. My problem of 24yrs has been masterbating, i did this on almost everyday basis, but its now 4 months since i masterbated. I thank Jesus for this.
    EMMANUELL !!!!!

  5. Simposya T Jonathan   August 24, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Its the action of faith you ve in T B Joshua and not him that healeth but yo faith as Christ Jesus stated. If the same measure of faith was expressed on any other godly person, u would receive same result. May God bless you all.

  6. mr fuel   August 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

    …DEVIL cannot be happy with how GOD is using T.B JOSHOU.
    >he will make sure to use you against the work of GOD.
    >the bible says you will know them matthew 24v1-35.
    >by the way how do you measure him before you conclude?
    ~~~~GOD BLESS T.B JOSHUA~~~~

  7. pikalolo   August 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

    to me acting is more indiscent than smoking ,respectable ladies can never act in the so called nollywood..its like a prostitute saying ive been delivered from having sex without a condom by TB JOSHUA.thank God more nigerian bloody movies on mobi tv

  8. candid   August 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    spare us from, this nigeria sangoma the problem is that you are bible iliterate TB Whatever you call him can and will neva heal but its God who heal if the petiente believe now its like you guys worship Tb you mean God cant answer you unles you pray with TB thats rediculous

  9. larry   August 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    TB Joshua is a great man of God helping human race that have problems which doctors and witchdoctors have failed to handle. So please respect prophets of God.

  10. pikalolo   August 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

    @candid..i have great respect for u,u r wise and God fearing,may God add your wisdom.amen

  11. Kevin   August 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Iwe if you believe in tb j. Then you are ifontini! Ulya nindoshi man of of God my foot!

  12. nandipak   August 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    no wonder her lips are dark and swollen..yuck!

  13. mumba   August 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    candid and kelvin, whatever you call yourselves, its better you remain quiet than writing about something that is beyond your understanding. There is power in TB’s words, he has God given gift. Can you two heal? how many people have been delivered through you? First understand and then post your comment. My advice to you is stop commenting on anything to do with TB because the more you comment the more you invite curses in your lives. MARK MY WORDS.

  14. KASONGO TITUS   August 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    To God be the glory, I thank God for your life sister. May God continue to be with you and strengthen you. Do not hear from Satanic voices that tells you that you are not free. God has intervened in your case. You are a living testimony. Hallelujah.

  15. KASONGO TITUS   August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Many pipo quote what Jesus said, “you faith has made you whole.” Yes it is true, it is faith that makes pipo free. But for your faith to work, there must also be faith and Anointing in the one offering prayer for you. If not, you cannot be free. If it is only our faith, why then pipo are not free? Two believers are better than one.

  16. KASONGO TITUS   August 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The bible says that anyone that prevents the flow of the holy spirit is an Antichrist. Some comments will turn against you one day. Watch your mouth.

  17. priscilla   August 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    From the time i started sensitizing people on how God is using TB to reach out to his people in terms of putting smiles on their faces, especially those who are always against him, my life has not been the same. I have experienced breakthrough in all areas of my life. I have been insulted before. This is my testimony. Long live TB, YOU ARE A BLESSING INDEED.

  18. winner   August 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm


  19. priscilla   August 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Bro Kangwa are you around? I expect you to experience breakthrough wherever you are distance is not a barrier. I will wait for your testimony. To God be the glory.

  20. mumba   August 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    That is why a lot of you people will die suffering no breakthrough in your entire lives because of your own attitudes. Change for the best and God will bless you.

  21. rashid   August 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    thinking of stopping to watch porns as well.eish this shit is really addictive than smoking.

  22. danny   August 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    my bad thank God for that

  23. kangwa kasonde   August 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Amen Sister Priscilla!!! Doors are opening in my life through praying along with the annointed man of God Prophet TB Joshua. May God Almighty continue blesssing him in order for him to keep on carrying out God’s Great Commission. Wishing you God’s speed in everything you do Sister.

  24. Joe   August 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Kasuma akakene,kuti naka chita u bubi….ma ma ma ma…

  25. priscilla   August 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I thank God for that Bro, keep praying my brother the devil is under our feet. Rejoice in the name of the Lord all ye faithful. May God continue blessing the SCOAN and his chosen ones. Amen.

  26. Eli   August 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm


  27. Dumbo!!!!!!!   August 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Awe sure kasuma sana akakene kuti natomba, notumilomo tusuma awe mwe!.

  28. kalulete   August 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    WHAT ABOUT YOUR tattoes u hev jst said abt smokin

  29. RELOADED   August 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    @candid please show us who the real prophet is

  30. kunda   August 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks be to God for that soul for that faithful touch.Get connected to power of God at emmanuel tv.

  31. pastor   August 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    pastor kabanana the actor..kikiki

  32. Rogku   August 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    its working for any one who cares to believe

  33. frankchipila   August 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

    my sister thank you God in you life

  34. Joshua Pauleti   August 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    as we post a comment on issues concerning the things of God let us not forget that its not only our fellow human beings that reads what we have posted but God gets concerned especially if it involves those that preach in his name. remember it is writen thou shall not Jugde (Matthews 7:1) and on the last day everyone shall bear acount of every careless word spoken in this life time, some of you may take it as a mere joke, unfortunately God hates practical jokes……………………..

  35. a.c   August 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm


  36. sakala gedion   August 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    tonto you such a beauty why spoil yourself with smoke

  37. RACHEAL PAULETI   August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm


  38. jj   September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    may the name of jesus christ be up lifted for the man of God he has given us thank jesue thanks very much i also what to be free from drinking and smoking even thougth i smoke ONLY when am drinking PLEASE PLAY FOR ME MEN OF GOD AND WAIT FOR MY TESTMN

  39. DEE BABY   September 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Amen, God is working

  40. MAX   September 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Guys, let us not take the word of God all might for granted. I have never seen Satan healing people and delivering them from the yolks of the devil. Do you think since the time Joshua started performing miracles there is no one to deliver him? TB Joshua be blessed man of God. Amen.

  41. NKOLE   September 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

    How i luv this chik great news .

  42. PAUL   September 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Christ always feel good when one sheep out of 100 which was lost is found. God’s working power of miracles is still positively affecting those who believes.
    I thank God for this transformation,
    be blessed abundanly Dike.

  43. Nataniel   September 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

    You can only detect the counterfeit when you have the original. Unfortunately, the Jews made the same mistake you are making of of thinking that Jesus had a big devil which he was using to heal and cast out demons. If you have the gifts of the Holy Spirit you are welcome to judge other people’s gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you do not see any gift of the Holy spirit in your life then you have no right to talk about TB Joshua because you do not understand how these gifts operate lest you call upon yourself judgement. Paul was more serious than yourself when it came to fighting against the miraculous works of God but the moment God stroke him with that light, everything changed. Are you waiting for that in-explainable encounter? Unfortunately you will not believe because you seem not to be ready to accept something that goes beyond your reasoning. May the Lord help you to remain silent and only pray if you do not understand that God cannot be caged in your Worship

  44. Booty-ly-cious   October 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

    T.B Joshua is being used by SATAN to deceive people….. be careful these are the last days…. I hate tonot dike…

  45. wiseman   October 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

    JJ! I was a great drunkard as well and life was meaningless. My turning point is when I radically gave my life to christ and all my addictions were lifted! When the son sets u free you shall be free indeed! Seek first the kingdom of God and the rest shall be added to u! God bless U all!!

  46. dent   November 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Tonto For that brave testimony. God Bless TB Joshua and Bless you too! Thank God too For Emmanuel TV

  47. P3T3R   November 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    TONTO AND THE TATTOOS. U will be set free only after u remove them. Those belong to the devil. God Loves u

  48. slim swag   November 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Tata nshalandepo.

  49. kase   December 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    EMMANUEL….may your live long tbjoshua

  50. Pastor Nkofela Simwanza   January 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    ‘Touch not my anointed and do my Prophets no Harm.” Prophet TB Joshua is a real Man of God. All those against him are being used by the devil himself, you shall prove this when your days are over that the devil deceived you. Please leave the Prophet to do God’s work.