My Kobo Advice For Those Hating Linda Ikeji And Celebrating Her ‘Downfall, By Ayobami Ladipo
In the last 24hrs, the blogsphere has been greatly awashed with the name of Nigeria’s foremost entertainment blogger, Linda ikeji. The unfortunate event that led to this is the shut down down of her blog by internet giant, Google, over allegations of plagiarism. The fore warning she got did not stop Google from going ahead with its penalty, after all, when your landlord wants you evicted, it is almost certain you’re on your way out.
Since the news broke, I have read all sorts of broadcast messages,some a little motivational while were basically meant to destroy and tarnish Linda’s image. I wonder why some people are never found wanting to celebrating another man’s downfall. The questions that come to mind are: Were Linda’s haters waiting for time like this? Are there all these animosity because she is “arrogant”? Does she deserved the backlash she’s getting from some quarters?
I can recall an article titled ‘If I Were Linda’ publish a few days after the famous blogger posted pictures of her newly acquired Range Rover SUV worth N24m. The author called Linda all sort of names, ‘Money waster” “Proud Lady’ ‘Madam showoff” among others. I laughed after going through the utterly envious piece.
Linda ikeji in recent times became the target of cyber squatters who were bent on bringing down her blog. The reason is not far-fetched. The might have succeeded in doing just that, but have they succeeded in killing the brand? Hell No! Let me say, before some readers tag me wrongly as a Linda apologist, that I’ve never met Linda neither have we had any chat whatsoever via any medium. This piece is plainly from my church mind.
It is not good an attitude to cling glasses over what this young Nigerian is going through. I find astonishing that fellow bloggers are the ones that rejoicing over the shut down of a site of a lady they ought to celebrate. These are the same people who used materials they are accusing her of stealing; the same people who would wait for Linda to do a story, both local and international, before they rushed to update their sites. Didn’t they know that their sub-source was engaging in one form of plagiarism all along? What a shame!
A couple of female bloggers had tried getting attention via blog post, broadcast messages such as ‘Lessons to Learn from Linda Ikeji’s Crash’; lines like “Don’t rub your success in peoples faces no matter how good your intentions are” “Stay Humble”, “Let people have access to you” and so on. These are nothing but ridiculous talks. Kicking people when they are down is the wrongest thing to do.
Linda ikeji experience is a phase that will pass. I believe she’ll bounce back so those hating can like to take a chill pill. Many of them joining the bandwagon of “na me sabi yab pass” would do worse if they were in Linda’s shoes. Like employing someone to clean their anus whenever they defecate. They would by now be using customized number plates such as ‘LIB’ or ‘Linda Ikeji’.
Before continuing this distasteful bring-her-down act, see reasons why Linda Ikeji should be adored and not destroyed.
*Linda Ikeji paved the way for modern-day Nigerian bloggers.
* Linda Ikeji is part of the reason why brands now pay good money to have their banners displayed on individual blogs/news site; she raised the bar in online media advertising/marketing.
* Linda Ikeji, as a blogger and social media entreprenueur has been featured on Forbes List as a young achiever; the individual that made ‘blogging’ a force to be reckon with and as a respectable and money-making line of job.
* Linda Ikeji, through her several ‘show offs’ motivates thousands of Nigerian bloggers to keep working hard and believe that success is achievable.
* Linda Ikeji’s ‘Giveaways’ has put smile on readers’ faces, helping some of them start small-scale businesses from her monetary reward to readers who drop comments on her blog. Beat that too!
To the many haters of Linda Ikeji, my word is short and simple: No one climbs the ladder of success via hatred and envy, stagnancy and backwardness remains the birthright of such fellows.
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