Linda Ikeji Biography: How She Blogged Her Way To The Top

From rags to riches! Find out how blogger Linda Ikeji built an empire

By  | Dec 03, 2021, 10:33 AM  | Linda Ikeji  | Top of The

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Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji’s biography would make a great TED talk on how to become a self-made millionaire.

The media mogul comes from humble beginnings. She worked as a part-time waitress and model to get by during the early years of her career. 

Linda has several media businesses under her belt, including her own online TV network. 

She is also a philanthropist. Linda’s NPO, "I'd rather be self-made; No thanks", helps teenage girls and young women bring their business ideas to life. 

Linda was invited to speak at Forbes Africa’s Leading Women Summit in South Africa earlier this year to share her success story.

Naomi Campbell and Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters were some of the keynote speakers at the event. 

Linda Ikeji age 

Linda Ikeji was born in Nkwerre, Imo State, on September 19, 1980. She is the family's second eldest child. She has a brother and five sisters.

Linda Ikeji blog

Linda Ikeji’s love for words helped turn her into a millionaire. She started writing short stories when she was just 10 years old. After completing her high school education, Linda studied English Language at the University of Lagos. She initially wanted to study Mass Communication but was placed in the English course instead. 

She started her blog, Linda Ikeji’s Blog (LIB), in 2006. The blog was meant to be a hobby and Linda initially started writing about her personal experiences.

The site started to get a lot of attention when Linda started writing about some of Nigeria’s biggest stars. She ruffles a few feathers with her content on more than one occasion. Tiwa Savage slammed Linda in 2018 after a post on her blog claimed the singer was pregnant with baby number two.

Despite the drama, Linda is now one of the highest-paid bloggers in Africa, with her blog reportedly getting millions of views a month.

Not content with just blogging, Linda branched out into other things. She launched her online TV network, Linda Ikeji TV (LiTV), in 2016. The businesswoman also has her own online radio, which is managed by Linda Ikeji Media Office, and a modelling agency.


Linda Ikeji boyfriend

Linda Ikeji's website is notorious for gossiping about A-list celebrities' love lives, but she isn't always open about her personal relationships. With oil tycoon Sholaye Jeremi, she has a son named Jayce. Linda gave birth to her baby in September 2018, but his father's identity was unknown for months.

She finally admitted the truth.

“I’m sharing details about my personal life mostly because of the girls who look up to me... I have personally tried over the years to be an example in some way; tried to teach these girls how to fight for their dreams, how to live right and do right and then I go and have a child out of wedlock and that must be a little confusing to some of them and especially with so many untruthful stuff out there about me,” she wrote on her blog in 2018.

Linda disputed rumors that she kept secret the name of her baby's father since he is a married guy.

"I'm not interested in married men." Sholaye Jeremi is the father of my child, and he is a single man."

Since 2015, Linda and Sholaye have been dating on and off.

Linda Ikeji husband

Several publications claimed Linda Ikeji’s husband is Sholaye Jeremi. But the former lovers did not get married. They came close, with Linda revealing that he “agreed to a traditional wedding which he didn’t follow through”.  She has allegedly cut Sholaye off completely from her life. But Linda’ hasn’t given up on her dream of getting married one day.

“For years I’d hammered on how much I was looking forward to getting married, having children and building my own family and I believed God was going to come through for me on that one, but I have come to understand that we have no control over what life throws at us no matter how much we plan, pray, or work,” she said on her blog.

Linda Ikeji wedding

Linda Ikeji is still yet to walk down the aisle, but she made news in 2017 after allegedly missing her sister Laura's wedding.

Laura married Ogbonna Kanu, the younger brother of Kanu Nwankwo, a retired Nigerian footballer, in a magnificent ceremony in Nkwerre. Linda was obviously absent on the big day, prompting some of her followers to accuse her of betraying her sister.

Linda was again in the news a year later when popular comedian Mr Hyenana revealed his engagement to the actress. His post, however, turned out to be a hoax.

Linda Ikeji house

The mansion of Linda Ikeji at Banana Island, Ikoyi, should be on the cover of Architectural Digest. In 2015, the entrepreneur purchased the home. Six bedrooms, two living rooms, and a theater room are among the features of the three-story home. In 2015, the mansion was valued at 800 million Naira. 

Linda Ikeji net worth

Linda Ikeji's net worth is estimated to be 3.2 billion Naira. Linda has established a little media empire since starting her blog in 2006. Her blog alone is said to generate millions of Naira per month.

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