By Ekene Dike
A list of sublime bloggers cannot be complete without the inclusion of Linda Ikeji. She has carved a niche for herself in the blogging world. At the age of 10, her writing sojourn began, unknown to family members that was the start of something great.
In 2004, she bagged a B.Sc degree in English language from University of Lagos. While studying, she juggled part-time jobs with schooling. Some of her jobs included modeling and freelance writing.
However, she found her calling in 2006 when she began blogging as a hobby. As at the time, the internet wasn’t prevalent among Nigerians. Thus, she had to make use of a cyber cafe. A year later, blogging was her major activity. Then she got her domain www.lindaikejisblog.com
Apart from blogging, she has other things going on for her like music, a TV reality show, philanthropy and music.
Linda Ikeji is a big name in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Her blogging success has opened many doors for her in terms of recognition. In 2012, Forbes enlisted her amongst Africa’s 20 Most prominent Women.
That same year, the BBC also interviewed her on their Focus On Africa programme. Due to her impressive exploits in business and media in Africa, she was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate Degree from Trinity International University in Georgia.
Amidst her proficient journalism and blogging skills, she has been engulfed in squabbles with celebrities like Tonto Dikeh, Wizkid, Funke Akindele and Richard Mofe Damijo.
She encountered a setback when her blog was shutdown for two days in 2014 by Google for reasons that remain clandestine till date.
Award wise, the Imo State native is a recipient of the coveted Nigerian Blog Awards and Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards.
Linda Ikeji currently has a son with Sholaye Jeremi who she isn’t married to. Her sister Laura Ikeji is a notable personality in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Today, both of them are fulfilled, famous and wealthy.
On the occasion of her 40th birthday, Linda Ikeji who has hit the jackpot through blogging should be celebrated for her tenacity and as a role model to young women out there.