By Bankole Wright
Veteran Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has said her family returned bride price to her former in-laws out of formality.
The actress had claimed she paid her own bride price when her marital crisis started.
However, a video of the actress’ family returning her bride price to the family of her estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill had surfaced online on Tuesday.
Fans started speculating that the 32-year-old actress lied about paying her own bride price.
An Instagram user @cutie_juls put up a post defending the actress.
She wrote, “All those insulting Tonto because Tonto’s family were seen refunding Tonto’s bride price to Churchill lack common sense, I’m afraid.
“Why would anyone jump to a conclusion that she lied that money used in paying her bride price is hers just because it’s been refunded to Churchill’s family?
“So do you think both Tonto and Churchill were going to tell their families when they were getting married that the money for the bride price was hers and not his?
“Do you think a father would have given his daughter’s hand in marriage to a man who couldn’t afford the basics like bride price?
“You all should shut up already. Do you know the amount of things women do for themselves but give their men the glory just because we want them to look responsible in the eyes of the public?”
In response, Tonto Dikeh wrote, “Honey don’t worry your head too much; we involved know the truth. For formality and respect a token has to be returned to them no matter what.
“The truth may be silent for a while but it sure can’t hide for long, You need not address this issue. I asked for a divorce I was denied for months but God worked it out and I got it.”