Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur, radio personality, and ex-model who has excelled tremendously in her various fields of specialization. She is a full package and definition of beauty, class, and brains as she has greatly influenced the media and entrepreneurship sector. The blogger is famous for Linda Ikeji’s blog, which she launched in 2006. Linda has, over time, grown to be a giant blogger who is recognized in Nigeria and Africa at large.
To millions of her fans, especially those of her gender, the female celebrity is a role model who is looked up to. Her success story, determination, and hard work, which took her to the limelight, stand as a source of encouragement to upcoming bloggers and entrepreneurs who aspire to be like her. She has touched various branches of entertainment and diversified her investments in the world of entertainment. Linda Ikeji has turned out to be a famous figure in Nigerian and has been recognized for her works.
Linda Ikeji is a Native of Nkwerre, Imo State, Nigeria
Linda Ikeji is a 42-year-old Nigerian blogger, born on September 19, 1980, in Nkwerre, Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria. The blogger is from the Nkwere local government area of Imo State. She is of the Igbo ethnicity, following her state of origin. Linda is the second out of the seven children born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ikeji. Though not much is known about her parents, they are known to be of a strong Catholic background and raised all their children under the church doctrines.
Although her childhood wasn’t a bed of roses, Linda Ikeja grew alongside her six other siblings Vera, Laura Nwankwo, Sandra, Peks, Benita, and Edna, under the care of their parents. Vera Ikeji is the oldest and owns a salon in Texas, United States of America. She is also known to be active on social media though she is not as active and famous on social media as her sister. Laura Nwankwo is also in the spotlight like her sister; she is a brand influencer and entrepreneur. Sandra runs a modeling agency known as Black Dove models and does not like much publicity on social media. Peks is the only male in the family and is an actor. Information about her other sibling is unknown.
Linda Ikeji Holds A Degree In the English Language
The blogger attended Lagos Anglican Girls Grammer School located at Surulere in Lagos State. She completed her secondary school between the age of 17 and 18. Having nursed the passion for writing as early as the age of 10, she enrolled at the University of Lagos with the hope of studying Mass communication. It didn’t go smoothly for her as she was admitted to study the English Language instead.
She took up menial jobs to see herself through school and received support from friends and family members. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Lagos. She also obtained an honorary doctorate from Trinity International University, State of Georgia, in the United States of America. The honorary doctorate award was presented to her in recognition of her outstanding work and contribution to media in Africa.
A Look Into How Linda Ikeji Became Famous
Linda Ikeji is a full definition of a complete package as she has ventured into several fields to make a living before venturing into blogging in 2004. She worked as a waitress, usher, model. In the late 1990s, the blogger enrolled in a modeling agency where she worked as a fashion columnist in a celebrity magazine. As a model, she worked for several brands like the Rose of Sharon label owned by the then President of Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija. She also took part in outdoor advertisements and took part in ECO FEST.
With time, she started running a modeling agency known as Black Dove Communication, where she recruited models, managed modeling training, and many more. As time went by, she switched to what she loved doing most and quit modeling in 2005. Linda Ikeji moved on to launch a magazine called FM&B which released its first article in 2006. She couldn’t foot the bill of both businesses and had to move her office to her home to face her blog.
She Became Active As A Blogger In 2006
Having started writing at a tender stage and with a specialization in the English Language at the university, one can say that she has chosen the right path. After working as a model, Linda became active as a blogger in 2006 using the free Google platform blogspot.com. At this time, she wrote for fun and not for the profit she would make. Though the internet was underdeveloped and not standard at the time, she still went to cybercafes with her papers and written articles to publish.
Not quite a long time, she got her domain and changed her sub-domain lindaikeji.blogspot.com to www.lindaikejisblog.com. In 2007, Linda Ikeji took up blogging as a full-time job and wrote articles for daily publishing. By 2010, it was recorded that she had managed to get over 1 million visitors who read news, articles, gossips, and much more monthly. Today, Linda Ikeji is one of the most successful bloggers in Nigeria, with a daily number of viewers of over 50 million.
Her blog site, which publishes more of news, events, lifestyle, entertainment, beauty, fashion, inspiration, and gossip, has helped her carve a niche for herself in the celebrity world. Her dedication and hard work in blogging have earned her the Best Entertainment Blog in Nigeria Blog award, NBA, and Website Blog of the year in the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards in 2013.
The Famous Blogger Has Diversified Into Other Businesses
Many famous people have dropped down to zero level because of their inability to diversify their investments into other investment portfolios. But the same can’t be said of Linda Ikeji as she has successfully expanded her blogging business into other sectors. The celebrity blogger diversified into the following sectors:
Linda Ikeji’s Media Stations
Linda Ikeji TV, a.k.a LiTV, was launched in Lagos, Nigeria, on 18th June 2018. With the sole aim of live streaming different categories of programs and covering live events like TV shows, movies, TV reality shows, TV series, and social event coverage. To gain access to watch the various programs and events therein, one is meant to subscribe monthly.
Linda has also ventured into online radio broadcasts to explore her quest and diversify her income as an entrepreneur. The activities of the online radio station are being run in the Linda Ikeji media office, where most of its programs are aired live on Linda Ikeji’s TV.
The studio launched by Linda Ikeji is a world-class studio. Her production studio is furnished with beautiful artistic designs and equipped with modern facilities. It was set up to cover video coverage at special events, production equipment rentals, music recording, content production services, and video editing jobs.
She Launched A Social Network – Linda Ikeji Socials
Linda Ikeji officially launched her app for android in the Google play store and iPhone apple store in 2016/2017, known as Linda Ikeji Socials (LIS), with the domain name lindaikejisocial.com. The application is a social blogging community where users can read the latest news, gossips, meet new friends, share content, and get rewards. Before using it, you need to create and verify your account.
The Blogger Is Also An Author
Linda Ikeji launched her book named It Takes You on May 5, 2010. The inspirational book was launched at Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Lekki, Lagos state. The 130-page book contains over 30 inspirational, motivational articles.
Real Estate Investments
Linda also invested enormously in real estate. Her edifice in banana island Lagos, which is worth over half a billion naira, is one of her numerous landed properties and buildings worldwide. She built two houses for her parents, both in Lagos and her village. Both buildings she got for her parents are worth over N200 million, with the one in the village coated with expensive stone roofing.
The Blogger Is A Motivational Speaker
Due to her personality and her desire to inspire positivity in the female gender towards attaining heights in life and their career, the media celebrity got herself involved with gender encouraging endeavors. Below are the platforms she has used in reaching out to society:
The Linda Ikeji Self-Made Women Conference
The program, which debuted in 2013, serves as a means whereby Linda Ikeji shares her success story with the general public, emphasizing her determined mindset towards success and achievements. She made it known that all the success visible today is a resultant effect of hard work and determination. Inculcating the self-made habit led to the founding of her not-for-profit organization called I’d Rather Be Self Made: No Thanks.
The organization aims to develop and assist young female Nigerians towards accepting entrepreneurship and removing their minds from other unhealthy means of making money. Linda Ikeji confirmed this in an interview with Hip TV that she targets young ladies of 16-25 years of age with good business mindsets who are ready to venture into entrepreneurship with support from her empowerment program.
The famous blogger has invested over N30 million in the empowerment program. She also complained about the African mentality that believes in making men more successful than female folks. Being an exemplary personality that survived and succeeded amid such mentality, she decided to promote and project more women into the reign of success in Nigeria and Africa at large. The empowerment program has recorded a lot of success as so many women have benefited from the program.
Linda Ikeji’s Advocacy For Abstinence Program
Being a figure known for promoting women’s empowerment in different levels of society, Linda Ikeji ventured into the promotion of total abstinence from sex which in her opinion deprives a woman of the concentration she needs to strive for self-reliance and general achievements in life.
The blogger was so respected and adored for her advocacy, which was evidential as she remained unmarried at that time. But to the surprise of her followers, she was seen heavily pregnant, leaving strong contradictory questions in the mind of a lot of young ladies that saw her as a role model. To her core fans, it was seen as good news worthy of celebration as she got the pregnancy after a series of achievements that can stand the taste of time, and not when she was building up success. To her critics, it was a time to project her flaws and set up condemning statements.
The Success of Her Blog Over Others in Nigeria
Having carved a niche in the celebrity world through her blog, Linda Ikeji is seen to be successful as a blogger. Compared to other top blog sites like Ogbengeblog.com, owned by Jide Ogunsanya, 360nobs.com owned by Noble Igwe, and many more, Linda Ikeji’s blog is said to be at the top of the list. She has a large fan base that has succeeded in ranking her as the famous and richest celebrity blogger.
Financially, the celebrity has to a large extent, knocked off her competitors in Nigeria as she is seen making thousands of dollars daily from her blog. As one of the top blog websites in Nigeria, her blog makes money through private placement, pay-per-click adverts, brand endorsements due to the huge traffic.
Linda Ikeji’s Blog VS Kemi Olunloyo’s Blog
There has been a controversial competition between Linda Ikeji’s blog and Kemi Olunloyo’s blog. According to Kemi Olunloyo, this competition is mostly tagged on Linda’s past, which she sees as a loophole to bring her down. Most of the time, fans tend to counter Kemi’s criticisms to Linda Ikeji, hanging the allegations on the ground that she wants to compete with the most successful blogger in Nigeria.
Some of Kemi Olunloyo’s Criticisms About Linda Ikeji
- The controversial blogger has claimed that Linda Ikeji was not the first Nigerian Blogger as there are other bloggers.
- She also stated that Linda Ikeji was responsible for her younger sister’s misfortune in 2006. A statement she made during an interview with vanguardngr.com.
- Kemi also revealed that Linda wasn’t pregnant for a day, that she paid the sum of N1.8 million for a child. Again, in a contradictory statement, she stated that Linda Ikeji got pregnant through sperm donors because of the fear of getting into menopause.
The aggressive blogger never denied the financial help offered by Linda Ikeji during her days in Port Harcourt. One can not match Linda Ikeji’s blog fan base with Kemi’s, as Linda has built an empire of viewers in Nigeria and beyond.
Linda Ikeji Has Been Linked To Several Men
Linda Ikeji, who has kept her personal life private, has been claimed to have been linked to high-profile men mainly in the entertainment industry, which she hasn’t denied nor accepted. It was claimed that she was in a relationship with Nigerian-based radio presenter Dan Foster, also known as Big Dawg, before going into blogging. It was also revealed that Dan has been living in regrets since he left her for another relationship. According to the revelations, he expressed his regret in taking Linda for granted and wished he had taken her more seriously at the time of their relationship.
The Nigerian blogger was also linked to some other men like the Mavin Record boss Don Jazzy, Aquilla Njamah, a film producer, and director. When these allegations were made, Linda never confirmed nor denied the fact, thus leaving the public in total confusion about her relationship. Though the blogger has never made any publication about her relationship, the birth of her son confirmed that she has been in a relationship. Linda, who still kept her relationship a secret, gave the public a clue of her lover after the birth and naming of her son, Jayce Jeremi.
She revealed that she started dating Sholaye Jeremi, a Delta State oil tycoon, in December 2015. The blogger stated that she walked away from the relationship severally because she found out they were not suitable for each other, but he kept coming back. According to Linda, after she got pregnant for him in 2018, he came to see her parents and promised to do a traditional marriage, which he didn’t fulfill. A few months later, the relationship started crumbling, and their communication became poor. She also stated that she had to cut him off totally because of the cruel way he treated her in her condition.
The Controversial Plea for a Husband Online
In a statement released on her Instagram page on December 1, 2020. A few months after celebrating her 40th birthday, the mother of one expressed her desire for a man. She further outlined the qualities she was expecting from her dream man. The qualities that she listed include a man who will support and love her career, a man who has respect for women, a kind-hearted man who has made his fortune and has a job. Since she released this statement, she has remained single but has built a closer attachment and attention to her son.