Linda Ikeji is a news carrier, blogger, entrepreneur and former model, the best in her time. Linda Ikeji is controversial and can be termed the media herself. Linda Ikeji news is forever trending. This is because she leaves no stone unturned, whether small or big, Linda Ikeji Blog exposes what the straight news refuses to tell not caring who gets hurt. It cannot be denied that the rise of Linda Ikeji gave the blogging industry in Nigeria more prominence and a desirable outlook. She has also shaped what is called citizen journalism and is the highest paid blogger in Nigeria. Linda Ikeji’s net-worth and house are topics that have made tongues wag in the past and sometimes today.
Early Life & Education
Linda Ikeji was born Linda Ifeoma Ikeji on September 19th, 1980. She was born and raised in a Catholic family from Nkwerre, Imo State like most families in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. She is the second child of her family. Linda started writing fictional stories at the tender age of ten. Her love for newscasting and interviews were also very evident, it was only right that she follow the same career path. After finishing her secondary education at 17, she enrolled in the University of Lagos at the age of 18. Her desire to study Mass Communication were crushed when she was admitted to study the English Language instead. Considering the fact that Linda Ikeji wasn’t born with a silver spoon, from the age of 17 she started shouldering some of her family’s responsibilities. Determined to be successful and support her family, she vowed never to compromise her body for anything. In the year 2000 at age 19 and in her second year at the university, she began modeling. Modeling at the time did not pay much, a daily allowance or monthly was not guaranteed, neither was getting hired based on merit or hard work. Linda Ikeji walked runways, did ushering jobs, and sold beer at a hotel to make ends meet until her breakthrough came.
After graduating from the University of Lagos in 2004, Linda Ikeji set up her own modeling agency called named Black Dove Communications, a name inspired by Silverbird. The business did not yield much profit, this led her to start blogging as a hobby in 2006. Back then the internet was not prominent in Nigeria hence, her blog posts were made from a cybercafe. Her most successful venture, Linda Ikeji’s Blog started out on BlogSpot and she proceeded to secure her own domain name. LIB, as it is fondly called started out as a gossip blog, the first of its kind. Over the years the platform has grown to be known as the blog to break shocking news, bring you entertainment and lifestyle first. Linda Ikeji exposes all scandals and secrets. Millions around the globe visit her website daily. LIB is ranked in Nigeria’s top 20 most visited website and among the top 2000 in the world. Linda Ikeji is currently the most active and powerful blogger in the country. Following the success of her blog, Linda Ikeji launched what is called Linda Ikeji Social. This social networking site incorporated the features of Facebook and her blog. On the launch day a recorded 50,000 readers, signed up. Linda has dealt with so many controversial posts, posts that broke the internet time and time again, including the SaveMayowa campaign and has written stories about celebrities like Dijmon Honsou, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham, Wizkid, Tonto Dikeh, late DJ Olu, Davido, Doyin Okukpe, and top politicians. In 2016, Linda Ikeji expanded her brand to broadcasting, by setting up Linda Ikeji TV, which is set to bring you thrilling shows.
Being so powerful in the media industry, LIB has earned Linda Ikeji a lot of money. With money reeling in from advertising, settlements, sponsorships and more, Linda Ikeji is recorded to be worth an estimated 3.2 billion naira. With all that hard work and that kind of money, it is expected that she lives a lavish life. Linda Ikeji has exotic cars to her name and has purchased a house in Surulere for her parents as well as a worldly mansion in Banana Island, estimated to be 500 million naira. You can say her dreams have come true. The house consists of six bedrooms, two living rooms, a swimming pool and a cinema room located on three floors. Its size is around 700 square meters and can fit her extended family effortlessly. Linda Ikeji’s garage boasts of a Range Rover, Toyota, and Infiniti. She loves her family so much and is fulfilling her promise to support them. From her wealth, she has bought a Toyota Sequoia for her father, an Acura MDX for her mother, a Honda Civic for her manager and a Honda Accord for her brother.
Being a blogger, it is only expected that you’re entangled in controversies and scandals and online wars. Linda Ikeji has warred with numerous celebrities and always comes out on top. Linda Ikeji has had clashes with Wizkid, Toke Makinwa, Chris Okotie, Tonto Dikeh, Funke Akindele, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Olamide, Jim Iyke and Susan Peters to name a few. In recent times, social media and her female stans have been thrown into confusion after she announced her pregnancy. The news of Linda Ikeji’s engagement took her audience by surprise, but her pregnancy brought up mixed feelings. Famous blogger Kemi Olunloyo accused her of staging it and called it fake. Numerous female fans felt deceived and accused her of not practicing the celibacy she apparently preached. Some other users created controversy over who the father could be as it was not disclosed.
Out of the wealth, she has acquired Linda Ikeji has given and continues to give bac to society through her non-profit project themed “I’d rather be self-made, no thanks”. This project is aimed at assisting girls ages 16-25, who have great business ideas and are willing to venture into entrepreneurship. She gave out the sum of NGN10,000,000 in the first phase of the project
Recognition and Awards
In August 2012, Forbes Africa dedicated itself to celebrating African women in that month’s issue. In that issue, Forbes profiled Africa’s 20 Most Prominent Women and the issue featured profiles on two young Nigerian women: Linda Ikeji, as well as Chibundu Onuzo. Linda Ikeji was the biggest Google Search trend in Nigeria for 2014. The name Linda Ikeji was the most searched item by users of Google in Nigeria. She was also interviewed on BBC on the Focus on Africa programme. The powerful media entrepreneur has also received awards for her craft. In 2013 she won the Best Entertainment Blog award at the Nigerian Blog Awards (NBA). In that same year,rshe won the Website/Blog of the Year award at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards. Linda Ikeji is a force in her field.