Linda Ifeoma Ikeji, popularly known just as Linda Ikeji, is a renowned Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur and former model. In this article we’ll share facts about Linda Ikeji’s blogging career, net worth, houses, cars, and assets.
Linda ikeji is popularly known for founding lindaikejisblog.com; a blog where she shares celebrity gossips, news on entertainment & politics and other information she believes her audience would find interesting.
Linda Ikeji’s blogging career
She was born on the 19th of September 1980 and, in her own words, began writing for hobby at the age of 10; little did she know it would turn out to be her source of livelihood.
The 38-year-old blogger finished from secondary school, Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar school, in 1997, at the age of 16 and in the following year was enrolled for a degree course in English-language at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
As a result of coming from a middle-class family she had to work part-time as a waitress in order to support herself through school.
After graduating in 2004 she took up a career in modeling; representing and working with several popular modeling brands in Nigeria.
However, at a point she lost interest in modeling and according to her, couldn’t keep up with the commitments required to become a model. We then went into the business of recruiting and training other young models which she also ended up abandoning to pursue a career in blogging.
In 2006, Linda Ikeji started a free blog on the Google owned BlogSpot platform. Through her blog she shared details of happenings around her community in Lagos and with time around Nigeria and beyond.
She had to work from a café due to the fact that there was limited provision for the cheap data plans now available in Nigeria.
As at then, very few people knew blogging to be a lucrative career; and Linda Ikeji herself also started her blog as a medium to put her writing hobby into practice.
After experiencing steady growth and recognition blogging from a café in 2006, it gave her the impetus to go full-time into blogging the next year, 2007.
She began to write more consistently and, as a result, her blog continued to experience steady growth.
By 2010, Lida Ikeji’s blog had hit limelight. It was estimated to be getting around 1 million unique monthly visitors.
People from all work of life visited her blog to read gossips and exciting stories about their favourite celebrities from around the world.
With such massive growth came an increase in her blog revenue. Her blog was monetized with Google AdSense and other sponsored banners.
Linda Ikeji has been criticized on several occasions for adopting a controversial style of blogging. Several celebrities including Wizkid, Funke Akindele, Davido and many more were at some points in disagreement with one or more publications on her blog.
Another controversial post was the #SaveMayowa campaign which drew several unwanted attention to her.
However, her blog downtime only lasted for 2 days. On the 10th of October 2014, around midnight, her blog was restored back online. But Google didn’t disclose the exact reasons for shutting it down.
Meanwhile, Kola Ogunlade, a Google correspondent, said this in a statement “We take violations of policies very seriously as such activities diminish the experience for our users.
“When we are notified of the existence of content that may violate our Terms of Service, we act quickly to review it and determine whether it actually violates our policies. If we determine that it does, we remove it immediately,” he added.
The statement from Kola Ogunlade sounded more like a general speech and not directly stating what policy Linda Ikeji indeed violated, leaving her fans on the guessing side.
Moving from the BlogSpot platform
Linda Ikeji’s relationship
Linda Ikeji’s relationship has been subject to several speculations; however, no one was able to pinpoint who she was actually dating until shortly after giving birth to her son.
She named her son Jayce Jeremi which helped confirm the rumours that she was indeed dating Sholaye Jeremi, an Itsekiri man from Delta State; a successful investor in the Nigerian petroleum business.
Linda Ikeji’s net worth: Cars and Houses
Linda Ikeji’s net worth is believed to be in excess of $12 Million.
She has several fleet of cars in her collection. Among them are:
- Toyota Camry (Big Daddy)
- Infinity FX 35
- Range Rover Sport 2014 Supercharge
- Toyota Sequoia
- Honda Civic 2010
- Honda Accord
She also owns a house, The Linda Ikeji Mansion, within Lagos Island which is said to be worth over ₦750 million.
After her blog, she has invested in a TV network, Linda Ikeji TV; online radio station; and a social platform, Linda Ikeji Social.
The biography of Linda Ikeji will not be complete if we do not make mention of her involvement in philanthropy. She has a foundation aimed at helping aspiring young girls start up a trade or develop certain skills.
Personal views & Final words on Linda Ikeji
Linda Ikeji is considered controversial by a few; however, it is imperative to say that she has impacted more lives positively than she would have ever imagined.
She started from being a nobody who had very limited resources and was able to turn her life around through hard-work and sweat.
The biography of Linda Ikeji is a source of inspiration to so many aspiring bloggers all over Nigeria. Right now, there are thousands of bloggers trying to follow in her footstep to success.
In her own words, she was not swayed into taking the easy way out by involving herself in illegal or degrading activities just to make quick bucks.
She remained focus and was determined to succeed in her own way and by her own standards.
She held firm to her true standards even in the face of multiple challenges, to the point of becoming a waitress at a hotel just to cater for her basic needs.
Doing all those menial jobs to support herself through school goes a long way to show just how determined and ruthless she was to succeed, albeit through legitimate hustles.