You don’t need to be a nerd head or a geek to be familiar with the name Linda Ikeji. One of the pioneers and pacesetters of blogging in Nigeria, Linda Ikeji is one of a handful of fairy tale stories the country has produced.
But in detail, who is Linda Ikeji? What is Linda Ikeji TV, Linda Ikeji net worth? Who is Linda Ikeji’s husband? This article has unravelled the mystery behind that name.
Who is Linda Ikeji?
Born on September, 19th 1980 as the second child to a Catholic family from Nkwerre, Imo State, Nigeria, was Linda Ifeoma Ikeji, who would go on to become a writer, entrepreneur, model and the richest blogger in Nigeria.
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At the very tender age of 10, Linda Ikeji had displayed a knack for the art of bringing words to live in writing. She turned out a late bloomer, finishing secondary school at the age of 17, before enrolling for tertiary education at the prestigious University of Lagos, one year later.
But manna didn’t fall on her laps and no silver spoon was chucked in her mouth, as Linda Ikeji had to support herself through school as well as offer financial assistance to her family by taking part-time jobs as a waitress, model and writer.
Hardwork coupled with her academic brilliance, and Linda Ikeji was a full-fledged graduate in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, Linda Ikeji started blogging on the then infant Internet, but not as a profession, rather as an amateurish hobby. The Internet was then so underdeveloped that access could only be granted via cybercafés.
Linda Ikeji Blog
In 2007, Linda Ikeji began viewing blogging as more of a profession than a pastime and invested in it by acquiring a blogger sub-domain lindaikeji.blogspot.com, before graduating to the now popular www.lindaikejisblog.com domain, which has being the permanent address till date.
Linda Ikeji Blog rode to fame on the back of series of controversial posts and gossip centered around celebrities.
Linda Ikeji TV
On August 22, 2016, Linda Ikeji unveiled her TV network in an announcement made on her blog. Linda Ikeji TV was to air a variety of programmes ranging from talk shows, reality shows, TV series to Movies.
Linda Ikeji TV alternates between broadcasting some exclusive contents produced by the network while also outrightly purchasing some others.
A spinoff online radio broadcasting network was created shortly after, with the station beaming live from Linda Ikeji Media Office. Some of the live radio programmes made it to the Linda Ikeji TV.
Linda Ikeji Net worth
Linda Ikeji is a self-acclaimed billionaire and this claim is backed by Forbes, who estimate her net worth at $45 million dollars, making her the richest blogger in Nigeria.
Linda Ikeji Net worth: $45 million
In August 2012, Forbes Africa put African women at the forefront of that month’s issue by profiling the continent’s Most Prominent Women. Two Nigerian women were spotlighted, with the mercurial Linda Ikeji making an appearance.
To further solidify her status as Nigeria’s most prominent female figure, Google revealed Linda Ikeji as the the most searched Nigerian from the years between 2008 and 2018.
Linda Ikeji gave an interview to BBC’s Africa Focus, with the programme broadcasted on September 25, 2012
Linda Ikeji House
In the year 2016, in grandiose fashion, Linda Ikeji moved into her multi-million naira mansion home located in the affluent Banana Island area of Ikoyi, Lagos.
The two-storey luxury house was celebrated by the entrepreneur herself on the Linda Ikeji Blog and the general female folk who were spurred by the hashtag #ProudSelfMadeWoman, initiated by Linda Ikeji.
Linda Ikeji’s house boasted:
- 6 en-suite bedrooms
- A master suite with a separate walk-in, closet/dressing room and a massive bathroom suite,
- 2 living rooms,
- media room,
- cinema room,
- gym room,
- laundry room,
- a fully fitted kitchen with a large pantry
- Two room boys-quarters,
- a gatehouse,
- swimming pool,
- waterfall wall,
- changing room,
- cabana, and
- amazing ocean view.
Breath-taking photos of the interiors and exteriors of the white painted home were shared online to much fan fare and media attention. Linda Ikeji flaunted the House on October 19th, 2015, months before she finalised her relocation.
Linda Ikeji Husband
Despite her life being pried open by herself as well as mainstream media and put in the glare of the public, Linda Ikeji’s love life has remained shrouded in misery.
On May 20, 2018, Linda Ikeji rocked social media by announcing that she was 5 months pregnant at the age of 37.
The news was received with mixed reaction as some factions of Linda Ikeji’s following were left disappointed that the blogger had been intimate in private while maintaining a celibate stance in public.
The pregnancy became one of the most controversial events of 2018, when Linda Ikeji’s long-time rival, Kemi Olunloyo, wadded in. The fiery influencer, who had experienced numerous heated altercations with Linda Ikeji, accused her of giving birth through surrogacy.
Kemi alleged that Linda Ikeji had paid a surrogate mother the sum of ₦1.8 million naira for the birth of the child that arrived at a US hospital, a situation she termed ‘donor sperm’.
She claimed the pregnancy date was obviously doctored to coincide with Linda Ikeji’s birthday so as to solicit ‘sympathy’. Interestingly, Linda Ikeji announced the birth of her new born son on September 17th, 2018, two days before her 37th birthday.
Kemi also pointed that Linda Ikeji “failed to pay attention to details” by uncharacteristically sharing no “USA neonatal blankie, no hospital staff in pictures, live or recorded videos”.
Kemi took investigative journalism to new heights by claiming her “phone call to visit ‘a Linda Ikeji’ in maternity ward‘ hit a dead end as “no such patient exists.”
The final nail in the coffin was hammered in when Kemi claimed that Linda Ikeji’s age was a farce and the blogger was 5 years older than she claimed.
Linda Ikeji’s husband, is technically not her husband as they never tied the nuptial knots, but business mogul , Sholaye Jeremi is the confirmed father of Linda Ikeji’s son, Jayce Jeremi.
The two were estranged from the get-go, with Linda Ikeji describing the relationship as a closed chapter on her blog. She faced very strong criticism on micro-blogging platform, Twitter, and her reputation hasn’t recovered ever since.
Today, despite being one of the most celebrated Nigerian online personalities of the 21st century, Linda Ikeji’s double moral standards have metamorphosed her into one of the most maligned celebrities of the past decade.__________________________________________________________________________ >COPYRIGHT WARNING!!
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