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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Linda Ikeji's most revealing interview EVER!!! (A must read!) :-)

This is by far the most revealing interview I have ever done. I said things here that I have never ever said before in any interview. Yesterday & Today had been chasing me for a while for a no-holds-barred interview and I finally agreed to do it. For two reasons; to set the record straight on some issues and to reveal more about myself that some of you don't know. It's quite revealing. You know me I can say anything, I no send anybody...lol. You will find the interview after the cut. Also I did an interview with Bella Naija last week. You will also find a link to the BN interview after the cut...enjoy...:-)

 

Culled from Yesterday & Today
 
Much has been written in the formal and informal media about Nigerian’s most popular blogger Linda Ikeji, this  last Monday was  a memorable opportunity for a personal conversation with the famous blogger, I  took a deliberate swipe on her on personal issues. I am most happy and comfortable, I could not be more so until I forced every word out from her in a clandestine type of interview. it was for me the most revealing conversation recorded, we had a long chat as my midget captured every dots of the J and every tittle of the T leaving no stone unturned.

A lot of your fans and readers were quite disappointed by your Mark Zuckerberg article last week. It made you sound very materialistic and shallow. What happened?
Linda: I was trying to be funny but people didn't get the joke (laughs). I didn't know people would take me literally and that seriously. I clown a lot. Sometimes I write things just to get reaction or just to make people laugh. Mark Zuckerberg is someone I really respect. I've always said there are 3 people I'd like to meet before I die. President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Jackie Chan. In that particular order. So Mark is someone I'm in awe of and I sincerely admire his simplicity. But for a minute I asked myself; is Mark being simple or doesn't he just like to spend money? I was looking to get people's opinion on the issue. What I should have asked was; where do you cross the line from 'simple' to 'cheap'? Remember Mr Scrooge in A Christmas Carol? He had so much money but was a miser. And that was why I put up that post. But I guess I didn't put my point across very well, so I came out sounding shallow and materialistic. I was just trying to be funny and sarcastic at the same time considering how much money Mark has. There are other billionaires who have mansions, private jets and million dollar yachts, it's how they chose to spend their money. Mark obviously is not concerned about such things and its admirable.

So you're not materialist?
Linda: (laughs) No, I'm not! You should see the laptop I'm using to blog. There's so much I don't really care about. Materialism is when you can't differentiate between your want and your need. When money/material things is your driving force. That's not who I am. Like I always say, I'll never sleep with a man for money, date a man for money or marry a man for money. I don't operate on that level because I don't understand it. I believe in hard work, I believe in dignity of labour, and I believe that the best kind of money to have is your own money. I also believe that money should not be the only reason why you do anything. I blogged for four straight years without making one kobo and I was more than happy with it and would have continued for another four years without making a dime but God decided to bless me. That I spend the money God has blessed me with doesn't make me materialistic. It's written in the bible that people should enjoy the good of their labour because its a gift from God. If you get to a point in your life where you can afford to live well, please live well, because you will only live once. I don't believe in excesses like having five mansions, ten cars, four jets, two yachts etc. Just have enough that you need to live a good life. I met a woman once who told me her bag was worth $12 thousand dollars. I looked at her like 'b**ch you crazy?' but she said to me, Linda I've been working for 27 years, I work hard for my money and I will spend it on anything that makes me happy. Will I spend $12 thousand dollars on a bag? Right now I can't imagine it, but who am I to judge her or say she's materialistic? If that's what she wants to use her money for, that's fine. It's her money.

But don't you think a $12,000 bag is excessive?
To some people maybe because they can't afford it but not for someone who has the money. What do you work hard for? So you can live the good life you want for yourself. Whatever that maybe. God blesses us for two reasons; to be able to take care of ourselves and take care of others. I spend more money on people than I spend on myself. The shoes, hair, phones I have are mostly freebies from advertisers on my blog. But if I tell you the things I'm doing for people, you would think I'm only using this interview to show off, which I am by the way (laughs). I'm the same person financing the release of two prison inmates. One of them I already talked about on my blog, the other one I'm not allowed to talk about until we get to a point in the case. People's priorities are different. Whatever they want to do with their money is their business.

So money doesn't freak you? You seem to talk a lot about it. You mentioned once that money is chasing you
(Laughs) Yes I did, but I was just trying to make a point. When I was running my magazine I used to go to a telecoms company begging them for adverts. They gave me no attention. Sometimes I would not even go pass their reception. But now they are the ones chasing me to advertise on my blog. Sometimes I do shakara for them sef. (laughs). I'm happy I have money but it doesn't freak me. For instance I drive a Camry but I can afford a Range Rover. But the thing is; am I buying a Range because I need it or because I want to show people I'm making money? I can afford to live on the Island but I live at home with my parents in Surulere. I get a lot of flak for still living at home at my age, but who cares? Sometimes you have to find a balance between people's expectations of you and your own expectations of yourself.

Okay what about all this talk about you desperately searching for a man? Are you really desperate?
I'm searching for love, desperately. (laughs). I always laugh when I say 'desperate' because it confuses people. They don't know whether to take me seriously or not.

But are you serious when you say it?
Maybe. Or maybe I just say it for the shock value (laughs). But I am seriously searching.

What exactly are you searching for?
I'm looking for a man who takes my breath away. Love I think is the best gift God gave us humans and I'm not going to settle down until I find it. I'm not single because men are not coming. In fact I have more toasters now than ever before. Some men think I have money so they probably want some of it (laughs). But I haven't found anyone that makes me want to give up my single status. Until then I'm happily Ms Ikeji.

You're young, pretty and successful. Why is it hard to find a husband?
Some people don't get it. There are lots of available men for women to marry. But there's a difference between marrying a man who's available and marrying the man of your dreams. If I wanted to be married now, I would. I have a few options. But would I be married to the man of my dreams? No! So I'm just waiting to meet him. I want a man I'm happy to come home to. Someone I miss when I'm not around him. Someone I love to the very core of my soul. I hear some women talk about their husbands and I shudder. I think a lot of people marry for the wrong reasons these days. I'd rather be single than be married to someone I don't love. I'm going to live once and I plan to live it right.

What's your definition of an ideal man?
For me any man who respects women, respects people, considerate, kind, free spirited, funny, supportive and has principles. Also a man with a job. I almost dated a jobless man last year. Cute guy and all, but no money (laughs). At first I didn't mind but then when I had to start buying him shaving stick I knew there was wahala. I took off. I didn't take off because he had no money, I took off because I didn't see any potential and he seemed more than happy to be constantly asking me for money. That says a lot about a man's character. A dependent man can be a real turn off. I don't need a man's money, but let him at least not need mine. Then we will be fine.

So you don't believe in giving money to men?
I saw a $2,000 wrist watch one day and I said to myself I wish I had a man to buy this for. But I won't be buying it because he can't afford it himself but because it's a token of my love. I will definitely support my man financially. I've saved money for the best kitchen in the world (laughs). I think every woman should support their men in every way they can, but not when the responsibility is yours 100%. Those are two different things. You don't have to have as much money as I have but at least don't need me to buy you recharge cards and shaving sticks (laughs).

What if you meet a man who wants you to stop blogging? Would you stop?
Sincerely, no. I won't even get involved with a guy who tries to stop me from living or achieving my dreams. One day this life will be over, so while I still have it, I will live it the way I want to not the way someone else wants me to or thinks I should. I met a guy in 2009 who wanted to marry me but on the condition that I'll stop my modeling and events business. He said he would get me a job at the UN office in the UK. I said to him if you want to marry a woman that works in the UN why don't you go to the UN office building and find a wife there? I met another man in 2010 who wanted me to be a house wife. He said I will give you N200 thousand a month for your upkeep. I said how about you go to your village to look for a housewife. A 21st century woman likes to work. I think the worst kind of man to end up with is a man who doesn't support your dream or tries to cut your wings. He will turn you to nothing. Sometimes I feel insecure men are worse than cheating men.

You mentioned in a recent interview that you can never date a younger man. Why?
It's really hard to explain. The way a broke man is a turn off is the same way a younger man is a turn off. On the plane back to Nigeria from the US in February, I sat next to this really nice looking, soft spoken, intelligent guy. It was a joy sitting beside him for 11 hours. I had the most amazing time talking to him about a lot of things, and for a minute I thought I'd finally found a boyfriend. But then before we got off the plane they gave passengers those immigration papers to fill out and I saw him write down his date of birth. 1984. In my head I was like please lose my phone number. (laughs). I can't explain it, I'd rather just be with someone older than I am.

Have you ever been in love?
Yes. Once. I saw this guy one day and I literally stopped breathing. I'd never been affected by a man like that before.

What happened between you two?
Nothing. We ended up being friends for a long time but nothing happened between us. He wasn't interested.

Why wasn't he interested?
You would have to ask him.

Did he know how you felt about him?
When you love someone, you have to find the courage to let that person know how you feel. How they react to it is entirely their concern.

Have you ever been heartbroken?
I've faced rejection once but not heartbreak. You can't break a heart you never took.

Do you believe in celibacy?
Yes I do. I actually practice it despite all the nonsense I say (laughs). I don't believe in casual sex. I think sex should only happen between two people who love each other. Whether married or not. That's my sincere opinion.


But that's fornication
Unfortunately we live in a sinful world

You once mentioned being circumcised, and not enjoying penetrative sex. Can you tell us more about that?
Yes I said that. But someone told me later, when you find the right man who loves you and cares about your sexual satisfaction, you will enjoy sex. I believe him and I'm waiting to meet that man.

What about all the lesbian talk? I'm sure you have heard some people suggest you're one?
(Laughs) Yes I have. I've been on the internet actively for five years so I've heard it all. But no, I'm not a lesbian. Funny thing is I used to think women who were attracted to other women had some kind of demonic, spiritual problem. I couldn't fathom how that's even possible. You know how we human beings are, what we don't understand we call evil. But now I've learnt to tolerate it even though I still don't understand it. How people choose to live their lives is their business as long as they are not hurting anyone. We have to learn to live and let live.

Tell us about growing up. You mentioned having it tough growing up
Everyone has read my sob story. Next question please.

How much do you earn a month? We heard its up to N5million a month
Not correct! It's actually more.

Are you serious?
(Laughs) No, I'm kidding.

Who's your role model and why?
Tyra Banks. Because we kinda have similar backgrounds. Ex-model, media personality and then she's very morally upright and a go-getter.

Has anything changed about you since you came into the limelight?
Am I in the limelight? I'm only popular online. I walk freely around town and only people who read my blog recognize me. I've changed with age and not with status. I used to be kind of introverted and snobbish but with age comes maturity. I'm a better person now.

I notice you have a thick skin. People are constantly bashing you but it doesn't seem to affect you. How do you do it?
People bash me a lot but I also have voltrons (laugh). I think I generally get more love than I get hate so I focus my energy on those who like me. You can't run a blog such as mine and take everything people say to heart. I don't take myself too seriously so I don't take what people say seriously either. But for those who want to know, there are two major secrets to having a thick skin. 1. Know yourself and love yourself unconditional. With that you don't need validation from anyone. 2. Always have it at the back of your mind that for every person who thinks or says something terrible about you, there's someone out there who thinks or says something terrible about them. Someone thinks you're an idiot. Don't worry about that, there's someone who thinks he's a fool. She thinks you stink? Her ex-best friend thinks she's nasty. He thinks you're arrogant? His brother thinks he's lazy. She says you're rude and obnoxious, well, her colleagues think she's dumb and shallow. And so on and so forth. It's a vicious circle. No one is perfect, so why should the words of an imperfect person give me sleepless nights? Shrug it off and move on.

How old are you really, Linda?
I'm 31.

Some people think you're older
To know someone's real age, ask for the year they finished secondary school. Most people finish between 16/17 years old. I finished secondary school in 1997. I've never lied about my age.

What helps you sleep at night?
I don't concern myself with what anyone else in the world who doesn't know me thinks of me. I know my truth, I know where I am coming from, I know the hurdles I've had to cross to get to where I am now today, I know the good I've done, I know how many lives I've impacted positively. So you see, when I lay my head on that pillow of mine, it's a beautiful, peaceful sleep.

What about those who think your blog is causing more harm than good? Especially the comments section
I can't help how people feel. I didn't start the blog to harm people or bring people down. I'm not an evil b**ch like some people think. The blog is supposed to be a place where people come for news, gossip, fun, share ideas and opinions etc. And that is ultimately what it is. About the comments, I upload them because it makes the blog more interesting. It's nothing personal. People insult me all the time and I upload them. Even my own sister was not spared. She started a new business and I put up her photos and people called her and her new business all sorts of names, and I still uploaded the nasty comments. That's my younger sister who I should protect. But just like me, she has a tough skin and laughed off the comments. I think people should learn not to take things said on the internet seriously. Half the time, the people who write these things don't mean it. They are catching fun so don't take it to heart.

Have you ever been threatened by people you write about?
No, never. People have called to me to take down comments on a post or the post itself, but never to threaten me. I've also heard that I collect money to take some posts down and that's absolutely false. I would never do that. That's like shooting yourself in the leg, it might come back to hunt you. I make enough money from advertisers, I don't need to cheapen myself by demanding for money to take down a post.

Secrets to having a successful blog?
Be passionate about it. Work hard. Be consistent. Be interesting. And finally, make the blog personal. Let it be a reflection of who you are. Instead of being anonymous, let people know the person behind the blog. It helps.

What do you do for fun?
I love watching movies. I go to the movies at least twice a week.

Who's your favorite Nigerian actress and actor
Genny and Omotola. I'm not really a huge fan of Nollywood but I've watched Genny's Keeping Faith like three times and I've watched Omotola's I belong like four times. My best actors would have to be RMD and Ramsey Noah.

And Nigerian musician?
Right now, Tuface, MI and Tiwa Savage.

What's your biggest motivation?
In January 2011 I sat at a friend's office for five hours waiting for him to return so I can get some money from him. I got there 1.30 and I didn't leave till about 6:30 after which I got N10,000, which I was more than grateful for. I never stopped working and I never stopped believing. This is just a year plus later and I can't believe how blessed I am. What's my biggest motivation? God. Every time I remember that he's somewhere up in heaven looking down on me, guiding me, guarding me, it keeps me going. It doesn't matter how tough it gets, God keeps me going.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I love myself 100%. There's nothing about me I would change because God made me exactly the way I was meant to be.

What do you look forward to more than anything else?
Being a mum. I have a godson and I love him to death. I can imagine how much I will love my own child.

Secrets to success?
Hard work. Determination. Courage. Take risks. Test the limits so you know what you're capable of achieving. Be good at what you do because then you won't have to go to people, they will come to you.

Secrets to happiness?
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Only then will you know how truly blessed you are to still be here. Also be thankful for the things you have and don't focus on the things you don't have. Love yourself regardless of what anyone thinks of you. And always remember that life is too short to be anything but happy.

Any advice to young people out there?
Three things: One: One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching.
2. Never ever give anybody in this world the power to make you hate yourself. Or the power to make you feel you're not good enough, or deserving enough, or make you believe you won't amount to anything. The only Being that has the right to judge you is God. Anyone else can try but don't they pay them any attention
Finally. There's absolutely nothing you can't achieve. All you need is will, drive, incredible courage and a lot of faith.

It's been great talking to you Linda
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, thanks
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Find the The Bella Naija interview HERE

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Anonymous said...

I love u..dts all

Anonymous said...

I can literally feel your confidence oozing from here. ROFL

chi said...

hmmmmm nice and interesting interview....Linda sure does know how to pour it all out. in my own opinion,less is more and i would like to draw the line when it comes to interviews.......but nice one,godmother.

Anonymous said...

I'd come back later for the comments as theres none yet.

Gideon Solomon said...

3things:Simple,Sincere&Honest..That's my kinda Perso'll....Love u lynn

Anonymous said...

What's revealing or a must read about this? enlighten me.

P.S. I'm mad cause you didn't post my comment (on the Zuckerburg post).

Duke Emeka said...

Linda I love you and anyone who said ur not good enough to be a role model should jump into the Red sea, I learnt alot from your response and am glad I read through with Rapt attention. God bless U̶̲̥̅̊.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Lyn this sounds so real,thanks for motivating me.

Tope Orekoya said...

Nice Interview.

Sufosa said...

Linda i would Love to meet you one day. Remain blessed...

Anonymous said...

wooooow!!!!!!!!!! honest conversation. am truly inspired.

Olawale Oni said...

Excellent!!! anybody that doesnt like what you do shud go and hug 1000 kva transformer. i run a blog too www.olawaleoni.blogspot.com and i know what it takes to be out there dishing out hot entertainnment gist every second. big ups to you Linda!!!

Anonymous said...

One word great!

FortySeven said...

A very interesting read Linda. You are "good people"

jubril said...

what an admirable personality u gat.....

tbz Madubueze said...

impressive....kudos babe

Anonymous said...

Awww Linda!I love your interview.Even deeper than the bellanaija interview.Thats why you are my role model,very sincere,focused and best of all UNIQUE.Love from Idowu.

Atobatele said...

Linda wa gbayi...Am your number one fan no doubt

Priscy said...

yeah Linda, you nailed it! I enjoyed the interview to bits

Kinzua said...

Ok. Linda. This just makes be more in awe of you. I mean, damn!! I wish more women were like you. May all your dreams come true. Love you loads girl!

Anonymous said...

I so love u Linda. Keep being urself. As for this marriage issue, Linda enjoy your singleness. When the right man comes, he'll meet a totally ready u. God is perfecting your Mr right. I w

iyen said...

i love you linda...................xoxo

olivey said...

linda u are one wonderful lady,God bless u.pls keep up the good work of blessing and helping pple wit what God has blessed u with and u will see that u will never ever lack.

Anonymous said...

Now i have found myself a wife. Linda, plsss hang on for me a bit i nid to make some money for my recharge cards & shaving sticks. L̳̿Ö̤̣̇☺ː̗̀(=)))ː̖́☺Ö̤̣̇L̳̿... Anyway i enjoy d time spent on reading ur interview. Nice piece.
....Olusegun

aprill said...

linda,i realy do love wat u do.its not all about fun.uve also helped a lot of people...ranging 4rm the diabetic guy wt swollen legs to the baby wt d hole in d heart.we all r still praying for d girl in prison..U r an inspiration to ME n MANY.I pray GOD BLESSES U wt ALL U DESIRE!!.

Anonymous said...

Linda, you are such a lovely person and a huge inspiration. Keep up the good work.

oge okoye said...

Waaaaaaa....nice interview
Beautiful u bt u look older than ur age...

Dee said...

LINDA!!!!!! this was such a fun interview to read i absolutely love your honesty thanks to you i have learnt how to have a thick skin having always been misunderstood most of my life and talked about because i choose not to share my private personal life with people God bless you darling!!!!

Anonymous said...

Li Li, i neva read d interview shaa but u look good...

Lola said...

i enjoyed reading your interview and i love your advise to the youths, we're not all perfect and will make mistakes,we're strong when we can move on, and the best part i love is the fact that you realize you dont need validation from anyone and not everyone can like you, when people realize that there's nothing they cant achieve, you go girl d sky is your foot stool

Anonymous said...

Awwww linda,im so inspired.God will continue to bless u

Anonymous said...

I luv d interview;u r actually a down to earth babe. I shared it to my blog n i hope u don't mind…-;)

Anonymous said...

Ehen! She has finally confessed that her favourite actress is Genevieve

Cynthia Ese said...

I liked d interview,u r really a down to earth person. I hope u don't mind cos i shared it to my blog. U rock sha!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very candid interview.U come across as a vey nice and down to earth person.Dats good.

Cece said...

WOOOOOW!Linda,i officially want to declare it-I LOVE you MORE!

MAMA PUT said...

awwwww. incredible. God bless you Lindz

Anonymous said...

To clear ur image abi?no worry u go still land husband,a man would love you not for what you say but who you are.

Akamba said...

Thanks Linda. You have just added the human connection to the famous blog. Feels like finally meeting you in person; a human blogger and not an anonymous laptop churning out blogs. Interesting and real. Keep it up and best wishes..

Unilag strike said...

Linda you are a queen of entertainment, you need to give back my 30minutes for read all through your interview... (Although i enjoy it) i know your type. HAPPY! Going back to my little creep

This girl said...

This is the most interesting interview i have read for a long time. You made my day. Dear linda.

BLOGBABY said...

Lindaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa agu nwanyi....i luff u plenty!

Legendkid said...

Oh, maybe i should just say it loud again. This is beautiful. In life you need to do what you want to do. But seriously, did you tell those men to go look for wives at UN office? Or at their village?

tarry said...

way 2 go linda.dat was right on point...i luv it

Michael said...

Linda, Linda u're such a funny girl. You most times turn my frown to laughing my heart out, e.g ur experience with ur shaving stick guy. To be honest, i'm totally with you, a man that can't even provide for his...worse than an infidel.Wishing you all d best.

Anonymous said...

You Are Just Wonderful Linda. God Bless You More.

IBK

Jojo said...

Linda you're 31??? :O
You look younger than my younger sister who's 25!!!

uche said...

"One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching". That is classic. I think Linda has just stolen my heart.

'niran oladipo said...

Just knew you through this blogg recently but I must confess that you are a very impressive personality.
Just one question Linda.......will you marry me?

Anonymous said...

Who's your role model and why?
Tyra Banks. Because we kinda have similar backgrounds. Ex-model, media personality and then she's very morally upright and a go-getter.

Like really? Tyra is morally upright?
Except you know someone personally, you can't really use that for them!

She swings both ways if you didn't know that already.

uche said...

One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching

AMEBO said...

Lindz, is that a wedding ring u r spotting?? looks good on you, if so..if not, y on the wedding ring finger??...lolzzzzzz.

Anonymous said...

#clappingggggggggggg
Straigh up babe, straight up. My kind of woman shekena!!!

Anonymous said...

Abeg u too talk.

Nekky said...

you are awesome Linda. mehn your type is very rare i must say. u inspire my big time. God bless u n reward u with a d man of ur dreams.

Kachi said...

Linda thanks for the Inspiring interview. It shows one things: With God all things are possible. Remain blessd. Since I knew about ur blog, no day passes without me visiting ur blog. Even my siblings (mainly my younger sisters) have joined me and of recent my dad. U re a model to the young ladies (and guys as well) out dr and the youth in general.

Ms Dee said...

Linda ikeji has my heart..#Nohomo

sexiest said...

linda..this is really nice...i really envy ur past cos u made the right decisions...now see where u are.....keep it up girl and may God continue to bless u...amen..

Katung Godfrey said...

not very revealing i must say, just confirmatory. Most of what you said could be gleaned off your blog after 3 or more visits. lol. #justbeefng. You sound like my alter-ego.

Anonymous said...

Linda you make sense pass and i love you x

Anonymous said...

Lovely interview Linda! Lmao @ the why is it so hard to find a husband question... Honestly i feel the same way men say a wife material is hard so also is a husband material hard to find! and this men don't know it. i would have been married 2 years ago but every morning i thank God that he granted me "wisdom"... the guy had no shame; how a man can be so comfortable borrowing from a woman continuously i don't know....what about the crappy sex! He's not performing well and wants to have sex all the time... long hissssssssss!!!!!!
Ladies, Pls don't be as desperate as i was back then it's not worth it... Life is tooooo short!

Anonymous said...

Lindoski .......i gbadu ur talk......

HEPHZIBAH said...

If anything, we share same love for Decency, hardwork, a GOOD man, Tiwa Savage and Genevieve Nnaji!!! Hahahaha. Muaaaah Leanda lee.

jennie said...

very interesting interview, i had fun all the way.

krispundit said...

this is my first tym of postin a comment on ur blog. i was really inspired by d interview. u are a rare gem and i just wish i hav got d money and age 2 woo u. i'm lykin u already. but cum 2 tink of it, wat are d men doin out there wen u are stil single. gosh! poor me!

Arsenalwatch said...

Interesting chronicle of your Life and story. I'm very impressed with your level of commitment to this. A day without visiting this blog, is definitely an incomplete day. Sometimes, I view it two times in a second (lol)... More power o, Linda.

Tgirl said...

God will continue to uplift u dear linda. No worry too much about searching....let him search and find u. And find u he will!!! Hugs.

Theresa said...

Nice, but be careful wt ur foolish 'jokes' pls. i know u r good inside, but u sometimes overdo ur 'traffic generating' stories and it makes it difficult to really tell the real you. Interviews like these make pple say 'whatever'!

I remember how positive you used to be when i started visiting ur blog in 2009, but now its all fashion, artistes flaunting their wealth, gossip, etc. Frankly ur blog does not have the same appeal like before. Yes we know gist & entertainment sells just like sex, however it gets hollow after a while and people tend to disrespect the seller, remember Dimoko-Korkus?.

You can still retrace ur steps, like u said "money/traffic shld not be ur motivation for blogging"

Ebere said...

lolzzzz@''i've saved money for the best kitchen in the world''u re a clown sha.....keep it up God has really blessed u

Anonymous said...

i actually didn't read it cos i know as usual, it's your calculated effort to gain more hits...i can tell you though that you are starting to look like a woman in her late 30s...u r skiny, but not tone so it kind of gives you the "old woman" look. pele...it happens to the best of us

9ja4life said...

Short of soundind critical, Ah ah, madam Linda, since you don put di link of di interview for ya blog, u for let ya readers go di site go read di interview naw.
U still carri di interview paste for ya site again.
U nor want make pepo go read am for di persin blog?

Anyway sha if u like post my comment, na u sabi

itk said...

blah yawn*yawn

be-inspired! said...

ooohhh!!! linda i don read evrytin finish o! yet i no c any totori-ing tin wey u reveal naa, na wa o!...lol!

djmedrics said...

This is really inspiring. To be honest, I never thought you could be 3;I thought you were kinda younger. I also didn't know there were some bad belle disturbing you, I always say haters are my motivators. I love you and your blog to death (not literally) and it hurt that I didn't get to see you when you came to USA

Anonymous said...

Miss Linda one word"Excellent". Remarkably spoken. But err I hpe u r as nice a perosn as u present urslf to be. One advice, nvr let ur ego get in d way or consume ur inner being, bcos dts where d beauty of every human lies, craddle dt principle n d sky will b ur zenith of achievements. Thumps up btw love.
Miss Eno

SOLA said...

Beautiful! Nothing outrageous though ;)

Anonymous said...

Linda be waiting for the man of ur dreams oo!! U will GROW beer beer !! There! Haven't u read d article on the oldest couple in d world and how they remained together for soo long ?? Stay there n be waiting for what god never intended on creating lmao abi u never read d bible see how d men pick their wives??? Dey dere beautiful girl like u lol

Anonymous said...

That's amazing Linda..u have a lot of self confidence
But u have one ideology in against: having sex when you're in love whether married or not
Yes it's fornication and God made sex to be in marriage alone..even the Bible says unless u have divorced a woman on grounds of fornication (she having extra martial affairs) u too are a sinner..
Well it's a sinful world..but should that stop us from tryin to live our lives in an upright way to please God?? NO!!
I enjoyed your interview all the same and I learnt a lot from that

Anonymous said...

LINDA DO YOU KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU COULD REALLY GET ON MY NERVES??

YOU ARE SO REAL!!!!!!!!!

jamar said...

linda,i love you.you really do inspire me.i work with people who dont like my guts and its not been fun at all,but when i see young women like you,am motivated to do my own thing and not look at people's faces,really looking forward to when i will be my own boss.love you girl,you rock!!

djmedrics said...

This was really inspiring and motivational, ever thought of being a motivation speaker? Well truth be told, I never thought you would be 31; I thought you were younger than that. I also did not know there are many bad belle wey dey worry you; as I always tell people haters are my motivators. Well it really sucks I didn't get to see you when you come over to Usa. I really love you and your blog to death (not literally) more like a metaphor...**laughs**

Wivesroundtable.net said...

Lovely interview Linda, you are just too much!
You are so down-to-earth, open and sincere. Lots of us women should strive to see things the way you do. It'll really help.

Thumbs up girl, you rock!

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I really like the second advice to young people. So true.

Anonymous said...

But that's fornication! Unfortunately we live in a sinful world.
That was dead funny to me.
Linda carry go jare. Nothing do you.

metche said...

Lili Nwa, dis is exclusive ooo. In fact we should tag it'No Hold Barred'. U really barred ur mind. I enjoyed it all. Pls keep it up

Anonymous said...

I honestly like your style and what people call arrogance is selfassuredness which you possess abundantly. The yes I can spirit. Doesnrt mean that there are no ups and downs but you stick with it and beleive in yourself. Kinda a reflection of me. Rather than brood about the bad things happening, you reflect on the better things and get through the bad ones. Not easy but doable. The only part I find a little too on edge is the mr. right part of the interview. Sweetie, if wishes are that easy, we could all marry a prototype of what we need or needed but shit happens as they say where am from. Sometimes you got to find happiness in "almost" and it becomes your prototype. Even though Brandy in her record said that almost doesnt count. It sure does philosophically. Good luck dear and take care.

Anonymous said...

yeah can't be bothered....

Anonymous said...

word tell them

Frank Diah said...

The two Interviews are wonderful, so we can see into the person of Linda, we may haved only seen you in photos, but with the two interviews, u are making us to know u the more and love u more, keep the faith and the work, we love you the way you are, simple, straight forward and truthful. Your blog has become my daily text, u cannot belive it, missing it for a day is like missing something much, we love you and pray for you for more power to do more in your life and impart life around you. we appreciate all you are doing, continue to do more, wishing you luck in getting the man of your heart who will really love you as your heart desires.

Anonymous said...

nice linda

bonnie said...

wow linda, am impressed.

Anonymous said...

SHIT,shittty,shit crap,who cares!

Anonymous said...

Great interview you had there. It was guite revealing, but I think you shouldn't be exposing so much especially now that you are 'desperately searching'. There are somethings I believe only the lucky guy should know about you. I know he will find you someday soon. May all your dreams come true for you...

Anonymous said...

love u linda,u re a strong woman...love u to bits!

Ugo Daniels said...

Your response to the 'secrets of happiness' GOLD!! FTW!!

Anonymous said...

Wooow! Am inspired,linda u are a rear gem...kudos!

Anonymous said...

Abeg Linda, u shldnt have put d Bella naija link here. I've always heard that the blog was selective and filled with so many pretentious douchebags, and the link just confirmed it. I have never visited that site until today, and I'm sure I won't visit after today. I noticed how one Gimmer ram was trying really hard to spew and stem hatred and his/her comments got approved everytime. Even one old monkey called Kate. At some point, I felt they were eida Bella naija jealous staff of Toke Makinwa the cinema screen forehead chic. Stupid people. They kept saying Linda tarnished some celebs image, but couldn't mention any...even Sussie P they talked about, comes here often.....and I see she's growing a thick skin too.... Visiting BN just made me angry......mscheew! We still luv u plenty jawe Linda! U may be annoying sometimes but life is never straight forward. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Peter Okoye is actually shy so you might wanna make the first move unless he's the guy u mentioned that u had ever loved but he's not that into you :p

Anonymous said...

Lovely interview Linda..you are amazing and i like the fact you recognize God as the source of your success. Just continue with the positive energy and attitude..

Anonymous said...

very lovely and inspiring.i am really moved by it!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm truly proud of you...

Eny said...

Nice and simple. Go girl!

Merit said...

Linda U are everything I want to be! You inspire me....You have a way with words,I can totally imagine the way U say them! Kudos!

Adedayo said...

Good statement from a young entrepreneur.

Anonymous said...

Interesting interview, but I need my share of the 5million a month o. 500k will do sha.

Anonymous said...

"One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching" ..best quote I ever heard!!!

Anonymous said...

Your'e actually smarter than i thought linda. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Linda!!!! I love you! Have I told you before? Well, I'm telling you now. Totally and irrevocably. I hope to meet you some day.xx
U.

mel said...

.."your interview shows your spirit linda, and i love ur spirit..keep positive.

MINE said...

U answered excellently, but propagating sex b4 marriage its a no no 4 me.N u didn't even advice on the use of contraceptives. Lindodo na wah 4 u ohooooooooo!

funmi said...

hey linda am so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Wow nice read I lik wsy

Anonymous said...

Wow more than 5 m a month,*bb suprised face* my advice is to save a good portion of ur money so u can buy a house on d island.and also help hospitals by donating drugs and so on

Anonymous said...

Wow nyc read ...u look way younger dan ur age doh ...really inspiring keep it up
Liscious_Oge

Anonymous said...

If you are 30 something and you still live at home with your parents.....happy children's day. Let me say something here about the way we raise our children in Nigeria, clinging on to each other and not letting go for people to explore the world and become truly independent. That's bad parenting. In the developed world, your parents would have charge you for everything; food, rent, energy, etc....so much that you would have no option but to go and live on your own because it will be clearly cheaper to do so. Bad parenting I call that!

Seyi Ogunyemi said...

All I can say is 'go girl'...
My 'rose model'.
More power to you.

Anonymous said...

Lindaaaaaa I love you gaaan....very honest and inspiring interview. God bless you more sef!!!!

Anonymous said...

YOU R MA ROLE MODEL, I LOVE ALL UR ANSWERS. BEAUTIFUL.

Merit Ugama said...

Is it safe to say you are perfect? No! Just a thin line left.. That dream dude will locate U soon! Peter Okoye come to Linda's rescue biko

Uc said...

Linda, you don't necessarily have to post this but just to let you know that this statement "Sometimes you have to find a balance between people's expectations of you and your own expectations of yourself" makes too much sense. If only Youths of Nigeria can make it their watchword. Welldone Linda!

Anonymous said...

Nice one, God is your Strenght.

Anonymous said...

Impressive....intelligence.wish all naija girls cld talk like this.the interviewer tried too

Anonymous said...

Great Interview I must say; because you cannot give what you don't have. Few things I actually wrote down:
1. I am going to live once and I plan to live it right
2. Insecure men are worse than cheating men...That is so so true. Never ever marry a man who will cut off your wings. I dont think I will give up my dreams and aspirations cuz I wanna marry o.
3. Advice to young people;-One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching.
-Never ever give anybody in this world the power to make you hate yourself.

I must say my respect for you has increased by reading this interview.

Anonymous said...

linda darlinggggg! i never knew u were this articulate!WOW!!now i believe u were an english major at unilag!i love u even more dan i already do!U R SUCH AN INSPIRATION MY LOVE!!love u, love u, love u, love u!!any man wud be very VERYYY LUCKY 2 WIFE U!!

JIDEPA007 said...

Wow Linda,
Its such an interesting discussion.
Its really my pleasure meeting.

Anonymous said...

How come your interviewer didn't ask about the Toke Makinwa incident?

Mrs said...

you can say anything or do anything u want Madam Linda and u No send anybody. that is why u dont post my comments anytime i manage to comment any of ur post. THAT IS TOOO BAD OF U MADAM MISS MRS LINDA!!!. am a die hard lindaikeji blogspot fan. but i hardly comment. but the very few i have commented u wickedly refused to post it!!! that means u select people!!!!! may b by face or looks!!! or what other geniue reason do u have??? abi u no send ??? even my comment on "How do I survive my ex-boyfriend's wedding day?" u refused to post it!!!!! gush!!!!that is damn too BAD for a die hard fan!!! gush!!!!!!

peter said...

Linda, do you mean you earn MORE THAN N5Million per Month? I know you should make millions from google adsense and other sponsored adverts, but never thought it will e up to 5million and per month. You are a MILLIONAIRE GIRL! Will someday reach ur level.

Anonymous said...

Great interview Lindo n quite an eye opener.
Particularly love the statement u made about one's life flashing in front of him/her......reli got me thinking about my life n how much I need to make it worth watching!!! That's a great word n I'll write it and paste on my mirror so I see it every time. This will make my life count cos in the end that's what matters. Thanks again for this and God bless the works of your hand.
More grease to your elbows.
Much luv to you!!!

Nuff Said!!!

Anonymous said...

I have a new found respect for you from this interview. It was flawless and well put together (your responses). You're a very insightful woman and its very refreshing. Good luck with what you do. Nigerians all across the world love you Linda...

IVORY CHI said...

Well DONE Linda!!

Mrs said...

you can say anything or do anything u want Madam Linda and u No send anybody. that is why u dont post my comments anytime i manage to comment any of ur post. THAT IS TOOO BAD OF U MADAM MISS MRS LINDA!!!. am a die hard lindaikeji blogspot fan. but i hardly comment. but the very few i have commented u wickedly refused to post it!!! that means u select people!!!!! may b by face or looks!!! or what other geniue reason do u have??? abi u no send ??? even my comment on "How do I survive my ex-boyfriend's wedding day?" u refused to post it!!!!! gush!!!!that is damn too BAD for a die hard fan!!! gush!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

ONOME says........
Lindooooooooooooooooooo
Issokai!
I'll wait this one out:)

ogie omo-irefo said...

INSIGHTFUL....

http://omoirefo.blogspot.com.au/

debbyt said...

Fantastic!

Jojo said...

Just read both interviews.... Love you more dorl *muahhhhhhhh*

Anonymous said...

am motivated.......you rock Linda,kip it up!

Anonymous said...

linda,where did my comment just vamoose to?haba!!!

Virgos Very Own said...

My personal top favourite quotes from your interview.

I believe that the best kind of money to have is your own money.

God blesses us for two reasons; to be able to take care of ourselves and take care of others.

I'm going to live once and I plan to live it right.

He seemed more than happy to be constantly asking me for money. That says a lot about a man's character.

I won't even get involved with a guy who tries to stop me from living or achieving my dreams.

I've changed with age and not with status.

Well done Linda!

YK said...

Nice one Linda.......keep up d Good work !

ETHAN said...

LINDA LINDA LINDA U RE SO DIPLOMATIC.LOL @ SINFUL WORLD.

Anonymous said...

Linda! Linda!! Linda!!! u have a heart of Gold.... Remain blessed

Anonymous said...

And that's y I love linda ikeji!great interview!

Anonymous said...

One word, Inspirational!!!! I duff my hat for you Ms Ikeji.

Anonymous said...

I don tiff all ur quote finish! Nice one sis. God bless
Michelle

Adriel said...

Chai! See why I love you? no pretense, no ITK, no I must pose with my BB Porsche so that peeps will see that I have arrived mind set, no I must sleep around to make money mentality...All one needs in life is determination, hard work, prayers & faith and there will be no mountain too high or a valley too low for us to cross! You are not perfect ( But who the heck is?) but you are definitely better than a lot of peeps out there. You will continue to go places.. Amen

Sandi said...

I honestly have to say Linda, I haven't always been a fan of some of the things you post, but then again it's a blog, it's your blog and you can damn well do with it what you want, lol. Even with that I didn't really form an opinion of you as you can't judge a person from the internet. But reading your interviews on Bella Naija and this one, I have to say, keep going girl. Do you and keep close to God. May He bless you even more especially with a husband, honestly o. I can udnerstand the husband issue. Not every available man is it o. Mba nu.

Anonymous said...

I respect the woman you are Linda. Brilliant interview and remain blessed!

Anonymous said...

Nice one Linda. Keep up the good work!

hansel praise said...

always on point. i love you for being real

big guy in the house said...

Lilly come and marry me please,I am really dying for u.I love you so much,u and Tiwa

Janded said...

Great interview Linda. However you cannot really tell how old people are by when they finished school especially in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

*yawns thank God am using a bbtorch, It made It so easy to scroll down. Abeg give us better gist asap

frances said...

ur truly a role model Linda, cant believe i took out time to read up this interview. it indeed motivated me.God bless

cynosure faces said...

wow! its really an eye opener!! alot of pple will view u differently.

Uchyyy said...

Linda! U are simply a divine creature!!! May The good Lord continue to bless and keep you; and may He give you the grace to remain humble despite all achievements. I love you soo much!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice one...i thoroughly enjoyed reading nd learnt alot.lol

allenjay said...

just keep it up... is all i can say right now...

and so? said...

nice interview, very frank and down to earth, i didnt expect less though.

pls wht r ur advert rates? email me on anthonia99@yahoo.com if its private, thanks

Ms E said...

Nice

bluemagic said...

Nice one lyn..kip it up

Anonymous said...

After reading your interview, I can't but change my opinions about you. I think you're a truly inspiring person.Thanks.

Deyinka Onabanjo said...

Okay now I admire you even more. And I hv learnt somethings from dis interview*wink*

tvchost said...

Ok Linda dear, this is good. Very inspiring story u've got there. I ask your permission to post this on my success oriented website. I will ask all our youths to read the story.

www.successwithdaniel.org

Anonymous said...

Linda as much as I like,you, sometimes you act like 'omo olojuorolari' (a yoruba word for someone who has just come into some money and is so overwhelmed that they forget that there are tonnes of people out there who have even better and much more.

You talk about some new camry,all the states you visited in USA that, your America trip, visa you got, and companies chasing you for whatever etc.

It actually makes you seem to have had an extremely deprived childhood, and poor and low family background.
Please play down on these things. We are in the 21st century and its only normal for somethings to happen - like people buying cars, or traveling to Europe and America

If you want, dont post my comment, but you'll see it

Linda emeafu said...

Lovely interview my sake,you are full of brain.lots of love.

Onyidiva said...

Luv reading ur story and ur blog, u make it so funny and easy to relate with. Ur story is very encouraging and has taught me to be very determined. Catcha

divagist.blogspot.com

otoray said...

i love ur courage gal. i envy to be like you.

DEEFLAMEZ said...

LOVELY INTERVIEW...KUDOS GIRL...WAT TO GO!!!

@willadebo

Anonymous said...

Wow Linda Linda Linda, I'm just soooo inspired by you!!!

Anonymous said...

Respect. Keep the good work Linda.

MOI! said...

Wow Linda! Love your interview especially about not caring what people think of you! So True! I've come to understand that people are entitled to their own opinions as long as you happy with yourself...you do not need validation from anyone...When we stop caring what others think of us we truly start living our own lives and not living it through others...

I also share the same view that sex should only happen between two people who love each other...how people can sleep with someone they do not have feelings for or love is beyond me...I guess I'll never understand the whole casual sex thing...but at the end of the day whatever rocks their boat and makes them happy...We only live one life...

Anonymous said...

Wooooow! Wheeeewww! I just had to make sure I read all dat despite d length. Wooooow! Linda, u'r blessed. God has rily located u. Am happy for u and ur success. Bad belles shld talk to d hand jare

@mianovia said...

I love you Linda Ikeji! That is all!

UDRIMZ said...

WOW!!!...DIS IS AMAZING!!!

Anonymous said...

Great, great post Linda. You really inspire me and motivate me to try new things, not give in to depression, not allow others to get me down and to live life with a sense of humor. I have been reading your blog for years and I still go back to the inspirational article you posted in 2008, I think when I was ill and sad in America. You are a very positive person and a major source of inspiration. I admire your courage to be yourself and remain true to yourself. You are a person I would love to know personally. "Female fan in yankee".

Anonymous said...

NICE!! LOVE THE FACT UR NOT PRESSURED INTO DOING THINGS JUST TO IMPRESS PPLE BUT BCOS U NEED TO, YOU'VE GOT UR PRIORITY IN LIFE STRAIGHT KIP IT UP.

Anonymous said...

Linda, the interview was really a source of inspiration for me and I learnt so many lessons one of which I'll never forget is that ''Life is full of beauty, Notice it''. Though you might not have realised it yet, you affect so many lifes positively than you could think of,Imagine how many people's lifes will be touched if they could read and think about some of the important things you said. Am so sure that your blog will expand more than what you ever imagine and it'll take you places you never dreamt off.Just don't stop doing good.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

I luv my linnnnnnnnnnnnnda so much it hurts.even before dis interview I can read you like d back of my palms.enjoy ur money.God is using you as a show off already.gracias

TTG said...

Great interview, i truly enjoyed it. Wasn't planning on reading everything but ended up doing so. I'm proud of you Ms. Ikeji. Keep doing what you do.

olumide said...

God continues to bless and protect u sweetheart.Great piece! But why do u av to tell us u were circumcised ? Tht is too much to know abt u... anyways u don talk am u don talk. Will always be proud of u dear.Get intimate with Jesus and be complete... God bless u

chyzyme said...

Linda ur so amazing and I really luv ur free spirited, ur just naturally nice and soon I pray u will find dat man dat will hold ur breath and make u a proud african mother. Really fallen for ur honesty ur really a morality role model. Luv u. DON'T JUDGe A BOOK By ITS COvER. Luv u linda.

DOPESKIN said...

I SALUTE YOU FOR WHAT U SAID HERE.. GIRL I PRAY U FIND THE RIGHT MAN..

>>So you don't believe in giving money to men?
I saw a $2,000 wrist watch one day and I said to myself I wish I had a man to buy this for. But I won't be buying it because he can't afford it himself but because it's a token of my love. I will definitely support my man financially. I've saved money for the best kitchen in the world (laughs). I think every woman should support their men in every way they can, but not when the responsibility is yours 100%. Those are two different things. You don't have to have as much money as I have but at least don't need me to buy you recharge cards and shaving sticks (laughs).<<

Anonymous said...

God bless your heart Linda

Ray said...

nice one girl.

Dr emeka said...

Linda, u just broke my hrt, u dnt look older dn i, age shldnt be a criteria, some pipl r older dan dia age when u talk of dia mind, relationship, career and finance, honestly have bn trippn for u b4 nw

Anonymous said...

Am so in luv wit Linda rite now! U are so sincere,keep it up!

ADAORA said...

More respect Linda you are sure a very sound person upstairs it's o impressive. These are the breed of UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS...... u know dem from afar

Splitting Issues said...

All I can say is thank you. The last paragraph did it for me.

Bless

Anonymous said...

Camry is a good car any day.Infact for using camry,i know you have sense. You look edible on the left picture.Nwadiogo!!!

Cynthia said...

Wow! I had to suspend all i was doing just so i could read thoroughly. From this day on, Ms Linda Ikeji is my role model. I learnt alot from the excerpts of this interview. God bless you.

Cee_Bill said...

Ok! 1st and foremost,ur idea of an ideal husband/bf;I love it. Its got me all smiling.
Next,you've got some serious sense of humor *smiles*,again,I love.
Now this;"People insult me all the time and I upload them.Even my own sister was not spared" lmsao @ that. Yh! Dt dry fashion designer sista of urs....
And,yeah,u're blessed! Good thing yu realize dat.
Anyway,cool interview-went well.
X!

funmilola said...

this is the reason why your blog is my drug. Linda, honestly I don't know why u r still single,you are too much, as a matter of fact, all the correct husband materials must be blind or something. You are pretty, smart, intelligent funny etc so why? Anyway, its their loss. I am sure it'll be anytime soon though, so just get ready but please make sure u have someone to still always post stuff when you're preparing for your wedding as Bella naija has refused to do and is boring us. Good luck with everything you lay your hands and set your heart upon, may God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Linda baby,you are too much.
Linda the fornicator....:p
Linda,u be olodo,I finished secondary school at age 15 nd got into university immediately.so that your criteria for knowing one's age is absolute non sense...but a lovely interview

Anonymous said...

i love your style and courage

Anonymous said...

I love u so much linda, and dont think is becos of ur wealth or talent. I just love u and i hope to marry u...

Anonymous said...

GBAM !!!!!! . Haters gonna hate watevaaaa jor . love wat u do nd im addicted 2 ur blog weda i lik d post or not dem no force anybody 2 read anytin. besides u can do wateva u lik on ur blog abeg . luv ya plenty my sista. it shall be well wit u jare.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Am so inspired by this great interview, keep up d good work. God will surely grant u ur heart's desire. Totally loved the part abt ur age, was just startin sec school at abt d time u finished and i can tell u aint lyin abt ur age. Am new to ur blog n am lovin it. Stay Blessed.

Essy said...

This just made my day some really inspiring words dere Linda n my respect for u just went up a notch.

Kanyinulia said...

Nice. Learnt a lot.

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