Yes, to start with whenever blogging is mentioned in Africa, one of the top names that come to mind is Linda Ikeji. It will be almost impossible for her not to come to mind when blogging is mentioned because she has shown that you can find a way to create value out of your passion and ultimately monetize it. Linda Ikeji has indeed shown that you can make blood money out of the internet lol.
Today, Media Prenuer Prince Olamijuwonlo David Aduroja also known as Olamond Naija would be unveiling some secrecy, facts , legacy and achievements of world famous media mogul, Linda Ikeji.
She is a writer, an entrepreneur and a successful blogger. She has mastered the art of feeding people the kind of news they want to hear through Linda Ikeji’s Blog and she makes cool cash while at it. Many youths especially young ladies are inspired by her success story and believe they can achieve anything they put their heart to.
Let’s take a leap into how Linda started.
Linda Ikeji Biography
Linda Ikeji was born on the 19th of September 1980 to a Catholic parent from Nkwerre, a local government area in the Southeastern state of Imo State. She started writing fictional stories at a young age of 10. Her fascination about news and interviews was what endeared her into pursuing a degree in Mass Communication. Unfortunately, she was admitted to study English in the University of Lagos instead of Mass Communication.
Linda Ikeji received an honorary doctorate degree on the 8th of August 2018 from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors in Georgia for her contribution to African media and business.
Linda Ikeji’s Struggles
As an average Nigerian born into a humble background, Linda Ikeji also had her fair share of financial struggle while growing up. In a bid to assist herself through school and support her parents as well, Linda started working from age 17, from modelling and bartendering to waitressing and ushering. She did not allow her background put her back but rather saw it as an opportunity to explore and sharpen her talent which is paying off today.
After University, she worked hard to break into journalism by launching her own media company, Blackdove Communications. Blackdove Communications is a modelling agency and events management outfit. She also started a magazine called FM&B which release its first issue in 2006. After struggling with both businesses, she decided to give up on them. For FM&F, she struggled to get advertiser on board and also discovered how time consuming and capital intensive the project was, only two more editions saw the light of the day.
Concerning Blackdove, Linda had this to say, “I gave up on the office (Black Dove Communications) in 2010 when I couldn’t afford the rent anymore and moved my business back home. About a year later, the blogging I started in 2006 changed my life.”
Linda Ikeji Journey into Blogging
It was in the same 2006 that she started blogging as a hobby using blogger.com with her blog name as lindaikeji.blogspot.com. She started blogging when the internet was not as prominent as it is today and she made her posts then from a cybercafe.
Miss Ikeji had no set goals for her blogging hobby and blogged for many years before making any money from it. She later obtained lindaikejisblog.com. The media entrepreneur is now a celebrity blogger who is considered to be one of the most successful bloggers in the world.
Since 2006 Linda started blogging, she has sustained it till today which is a testament to the kind of commitment it takes to be an entrepreneur, especially in the creative industry.
One of the attitudes of successful people is the ability to remain true to a particular course until it yields result. Linda Ikeji has displayed this attitude a great deal with her blog.
Today, millions of people visit the site on a daily basis. According to Alexa, the blog is ranking 25 in Nigeria and 3,738 in the world as of the time of this writing.
Other Platforms Owned by Linda Ikeji
Linda Ikeji Social
The social media platform was launched on the 1st of November 2016 with the domain name lindaikejisocial.com. She started the platform with the intention of combining blogging with social media. Six days after the launch, 86,000 accounts were live on the platform.
Linda Ikeji TV
The TV Network was launched on June 9th 2018. LiTV is a home of entertainment where different categories of programs are streamed live. The platform has six categories; TV Shows, Reality Shows, TV Series, Movies, Original and Live. Subscribers are expected to pay a monthly fee to gain access to the variety of programs.
Online Radio Station
Linda Ikeji is a multitalented young lady with so much gut. She keeps exploring different media Industry and gets her spice of cake in each of them. It’s no surprise that she also operates an online radio broadcast from Linda Ikeji media office. Most of the programs are streamed live on Linda Ikeji TV.
On 5th May 2010, she launched her first book “It takes you – A book of Inspiration” at Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Lekki. The book contains 30 inspirational and life-changing articles.
Linda Ikeji Net Worth
There are different submissions about Linda Ikeji’s net worth but it’s no news that she is a multi-millionaire or even billionaire who bought herself a house worth millions of naira and recently got a Bentley Mulsanne worth $310,395.
Controversial side of Linda Ikeji
Her blog which is also known for hot gossips has caused lots of controversial arguments with celebrities, politicians and top delegates. Linda Ikeji’s blog was shut down by google on the 8th of October, 2014 for undisclosed reasons. However, the blog was restored on the 10th of October 2014.
Miss Ikeji has always been an advocate of celibacy so it was rude when she took to her instagram in March 2018 to announce her pregnancy without previous news of engagement or marriage. She welcomed her son on the 17th of September, 2018 in Atlanta United States.
Linda carries out her philanthropy engagement through ‘I’d Rather Be Self-made, No Thanks’ project. A non for profit project aimed at assisting young girls within age of 16-25 who have great business ideas and are willing to venture into entrepreneurship. She parted ways with N10,000,000 in the first phase of the project. She has always mentioned that it is a project she wishes to continue.
Awards & Recognitions
BBC Interviewed her on Focus on Africa Program 2012
Forbes Africa’s 20 most prominent women 2012
Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award (Website/Blog of the Year) 2013
Nigeria Blog Awards (Best Entertainment Blog) 2013
Biggest Google search trend in Nigeria 2014
United Nations Global Leadership Awards 2018
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Curled From: Entrepreneurs.org