There is no question that the number of wealthy people in Nigeria, and indeed Africa as a whole, has risen significantly in recent years, owing to the online/e-commerce and entertainment industries. People can now make money from the comfort of their own homes thanks to new ways of making money rather than the traditional old ways. E-commerce, for example, has made it possible for people to make money from the comfort of their own homes.
Linda Ikeji is one person who has done just that. Ms. Ikeji is now one of the continent’s wealthiest and most well-known online entrepreneurs.
Many people are perplexed by her rise to fame and fortune through a platform that was not well-known or valued in Nigeria.
Those who had a close friendship with her and were well-versed in the online/blogging industry, on the other hand, knew it had tremendous potential to catapult her and anyone else who dared to venture into it to greater heights.
Linda Ikeji’s life is an inspiration to African youth, especially young women, who are struggling to make it in a male-dominated society.
Below is a look at how she made it from her humble beginnings.
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 Journey into Blogging
As we definitely know, not all examples of overcoming adversity are smooth, and Linda’s isn’t a special case. Her “unexpected ascent into popularity” as some would see it was never abrupt, her excursion was loaded with challenges, monetary insecurity and obviously as a lovely little youngster, interruptions. However, it’s astounding how she battled through earnestly and center.
She began writing for a blog in November 2006, when web access was least articulated in Nigeria and furthermore when a couple of individuals wrote for a blog about their own lives and their families. One could recount her little beginnings as she isn’t burnt out on disclosing to her account of how she used to acquire cash to go to cybercafes to blog. That commenced the start of Linda Ikeji Blog.
Since its commencement, first in 2006 and completely in 2007, Linda Ikeji blog has become a notable blog all around Africa. Beginning first as a tattle blog which was then the first of its sort in Nigeria, “LIB” as it is broadly called, has developed to turn into the focal point of diversion, covering news and occasions occurring in and around Africa and even past. It additionally covers way of life and style stories.
Thousands of people from all over the continent troop into her blog on a daily basis for all this. Nigerians abroad also visit the blog to have full details of what goes on in and around their home country. Linda Ikeji Blog is currently ranked 34th on the Alexa ranking in Nigeria and 3,527 worldwide. She has one of the most active blogs in the country, with her social media following increasing by the thousands each day. She currently has more than 1.8million on Twitter and over 900,000 followers on Instagram.
Following the success of her blog, Linda Ikeji launched a social network named Linda Ikeji Social. She said the idea came to her when she met fans who told her that they only visited two sites; LIB and Facebook. That prompted her to create something that incorporated what both sites offer. The networking platform uses the domain name LindaIkejiSocial.com.
On the first day of its launch, over 50,000 people had signed up. Her strategy for the site was very attracted as she promised to pay users a percentage based on the number of their followers and the adverts placed on their page. She also said she would be buying user’s content/stories depending on its originality.
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
Linda Ikeji is arguably the richest blogger from Africa, So its safe to ask what is Linda Ikeji net worth in 2021 according to Forbes? since 2012 when she first hit it big.
This article would be answering some of the most frequently searched questions about Linda Ikeji and how she amassed so much wealth for herself, her Biography, Personal life and the net worth of Linda Ikeji in 2021.
For starters, Linda is not among the Top 10 richest women in Nigeria, but among one of the most successful women in Nigeria. She is currently worth $45million.
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.
Linda Ikeji has always been an advocate of celibacy so it was a 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 Ikeji 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