There’s something special about people who turn their passion into a career, isn’t there? Meet Linda Ikeji, the beacon of Nigerian blogging who began her journey as a passionate writer and ended up becoming an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a force to be reckoned with in the world of media. Born on 19th September 1980 in a Catholic family from Nkwerre, Imo State, Nigeria, Linda’s journey to success is a cocktail of determination, resilience, and a sprinkle of controversy
The Rise of Linda Ikeji
The Early Years
From a very young age, Linda had a flair for writing. She started crafting stories when she was only 10 years old, showcasing a talent that would later catapult her into fame. After finishing her secondary school at 17, she enrolled at the University of Lagos, studying English language. To support herself and her family, she juggled part-time jobs as a waitress, model, and writer. She graduated from the university in 2004 and two years later, she dipped her toes into the blogging world as a hobby. At that time, internet usage was not as prominent in Nigeria, so she had to make her posts at a cyber café
The Birth of a Media Mogul
In 2007, Linda became an active blogger using a Blogger sub-domain, which later transitioned to her own domain, www.lindaikejisblog.com. Her career took off like a rocket and she ventured into online radio broadcasting and even opened a music platform known as LindaIkeji Music. The launch of a social networking platform named Linda Ikeji Social cemented her status as a media mogul. But she didn’t stop there. Linda also runs a non-profit project themed “I’d rather be self-made; No thanks”, where she assists young girls aged 16–25 with great business ideas, proving herself to be a beacon of empowerment.
The Road to Filmmaking
In 2023, Linda made her debut in Nigerian film production with her first movie titled Dark October. The film centred on the Aluu Four lynching story, showing her willingness to tackle serious and controversial topics.
Controversies and Personal Life
The Scandalous Posts
Linda’s journey wasn’t without controversy. She found herself at the heart of several contentious posts involving celebrities and politicians. Her blog was even briefly shut down by Google in 2014 due to undisclosed violations, creating quite a stir in the online community.
The Love Life Saga
When it comes to Linda’s personal life, things get a little tangled. She has a son named Jayce with oil tycoon Sholaye Jeremi, but the relationship has been on and off since 2015. The couple even had plans for a traditional wedding, but they never followed through. Linda remains hopeful about getting married one day.
1. How did Linda Ikeji start her career?
Linda Ikeji began her career as a model and part-time writer while studying at the University of Lagos. After graduating in 2004, she started blogging as a hobby in 2006, marking the beginning of her illustrious career