The identity of the owner of Instablog9ja has been hidden from public eyes for many years. However, in the later parts of 2018, popular Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji, released a publication claiming the Instagram-based blog belongs to the former-editor of VanguardNgr newspaper.
Eventually, she issued a statement to twist her earlier stance after she was threatened with a lawsuit.
Apparently, according to the Editor of LindaIkejisBlog, the wrongly-presumed owner John Abayomi shares the same name with the real owner, albeit without the supposed third name.
Who is the owner of Instablog9ja?
According to LindaIkejisBlog, John Abayomi Aruleba is the joint owner of Instablog9ja, along with his partner Tosin Dotun Adeyemi.
LIB released a statement correcting the initial misconception saying: “LIB is happy to set the record straight, take full responsibility for the mix-up as we tender our unreserved apology to John Abayomi of Punch Newspapers for any inconvenience this mistake has caused.
It continued “Our publication was meant to reveal the identity of John Abayomi Aruleba, the owner of instablog9ja who shares the same business address as his father, Dr. Aruleba, owner of Aruking herbal herbs with [a] business address in Lagos.
Popular Instagram blog, Instablog9ja broke into the media scene in 2015 and has since then gained popularity. The social page is widely considered the most successful news blog on Instagram.
What about other theories?
On August 29, 2018, popular Nigerian Newspaper, VanguardNgr, published a post claiming Hauwa Saidu Mohammed, popularly known as Jaaruma of Jaaruma Empire, owns Instablog.
The reason was, Jaaruma published a post on Instagram with the caption: “Who do you think owns Instablog9ja? There is a saying in my language that “the stick you look down on is the stick that can puncture the eye.”
In my opinion, the above post by Jaaramu is not enough to draw conclusions that she’s the owner of the social media page.
Therefore, I’d say the publication by VanguardNgr is null and void until proven otherwise.
Lillian Aisha is another name linked to Instablog9ja. In 2017, controversial investigative journalist, Kemi Olulonyo, addressed the owner of the social media page using the name Lillian Aisha.
This happened during the time Instablog9ja was taken down by Instagram. It was subsequently restored after an appeal.
Our research also reveals that the Pinterest page supposedly belonging to Instablog9ja is registered with the name Lilian Aishat.
There is still no 100% guarantee anywhere
For now, we’ll have to go with LindaIkejisblog claims, since John Abayomi Arubele and Tosin Dotun Adeyemi have not come out to deny the claims. Except, of course, they are fictional characters.
Meanwhile, we did some digging but didn’t find anyone with the exact match as the purported names. In other words, we didn’t find John Abayomi Arubele, neither did we come across Tosin Dotun Adeyemi — on Instagram, Facebook or Linkedin.
As it appears, both of them are trying to keep their profile as low as possible.
That is, as a matter of fact, unsurprising considering the amount of abuse the Editor of Punch Newspaper, John Abayomi, received when he was falsely declared the owner of InstaBlog9ja.
In fact, some of the abuse that rained on the seasoned journalist came from popular Nigerian celebrities.