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Thursday, 3 September 2015

What inspired I'd Rather Be Self Made...the day I was picked up by Special Fraud Unit...:-)

I'm going to be MIA for a few hours. I'm on my way to the US with my parents. They made them Chief and Lolo in our village and I wanted to take them abroad to spoil them a little...:-) (My dad's first time). Anyway, while I'm flying, I wanted to share a story that I've been meaning to share here for a while now...about why I decided to help some young ladies with start up capital for their small scale businesses. Please continue to read! (It's quite long o, so...-))


Before I became the popular blogger that I am today, I was a struggling entrepreneur. I started my modeling career in 1998 before I turned 18 and started my company Blackdove Communications in 2004 when I was just 23+. Blackdove was a modeling agency/events company and I operated from a 2-room office in Jibowu, Yaba for almost three years.

In 2006, I decided to try something that I'd always wanted to do - become a magazine publisher. My dream growing up was to be a journalist. These days many people argue whether I am a journalist or not. I don't consider myself one. I'm a blogger, though being a journalist was my dream. In fact, I wanted to study Mass Communications in the university but I unfortunately didn't get it. I got English instead. But I've always had a love for writing, putting stuff together, informing people about what's going on etc.

In in 2006, I mustered the courage and saved enough money to publish my own magazine. It was called FM&B (Fashion, Modeling and Beauty) magazine because that was my industry at the time.

For my first edition, I used my photo (duh...lol) left. It took me months to put this together and I used money I made from my business to print the magazine. I did a grand launch and really hoped for the best. After it was released, I didn't recoup the money I'd spent on it but I knew I couldn't become a successful magazine publisher over night. I knew the road was long and hard and I had to keep at it, I knew I had to print more editions before people and sponsors could take me serious.

Anyway, I printed my second edition (right) and didn't recoup either. The vendors will take the magazine and not pay you. Some would claim they didn't sell...some, you would chase for your money for so long you'd get tired of chasing them and then you leave them alone. And it was especially hard to get adverts for a new magazine. I would go to companies and sit in their offices for hours, hoping they would buy advertising space in the magazine, but for where? Lol. I remember I offered a telecoms company my back page and inner pages for N100k but they were not interested ...lol. (now, na them they chase me with adverts...lol).

But I managed to get a few companies to advertise (I talked about it here in 2008 and later in 2009) - it took months of being on the road - going from one company to the other, convincing them to support the effort - still it wasn't enough to print the next edition so I had to once again use my own money to print the magazine. It was tough but I didn't want to give up. I wanted to succeed by all means and I knew consistency was the key. I figured by the time I was on my fifth edition, some companies would take me seriously and start to advertise and by the time I was on my 10th edition, I would be a well known magazine publisher like my mentor back then, Mrs Betty Irabor of Genevieve magazine. So 10 editions of the magazine was my goal - but I didn't go past the 4th edition - though I paid part payment for the 5th edition but it never came out.

Something happened with my 4th and last edition (right) that almost broke me...and that inspired 'I'd Rather Be Selfmade.'

You see, right from when I was young, sleeping with men for money/come up was never an option for me. In fact, I found girls who engaged in such back then, disgusting. Now that I am more mature, I kinda understand it, I don't condone it but I understand it and I am not so quick to judge these girls. That's why I'm trying to help girls with dreams instead of condemning girls who find different ways to survive. It's tough out there, guys!

Anyway, for my 4th edition, I didn't have enough money to print it...and I was so sad about it. The magazine was ready but no money to print. It was going to cost me N500k back in 2008 to print 2,000 copies and all I had with me was N150k. I needed N350k and I was determined to print this magazine. I wanted it to succeed by all means so I decided to do something I'd never done before. I went to the bank to get a loan.

There was a neighbor of mine back then who I found out was the chairman of a community bank on Ogunlana Drive Surulere (all community banks have since shut down). So I approached him for a loan ...N350k, the exact extra amount I needed to print the magazine. I promised that I would pay back once the magazine was published and I was able to get ad money out. This was in 2008. After weeks of going back and forth and the bank staff coming to my office in Surulere then to see where I was operating from, I was given a loan of N350k. They actually made out the cheque to the printing press so the money didn't come directly to me. It was a short loan - just three months - and I was supposed to pay back with interest and I was so sure that I would pay back - I had three months and I was a hard working girl, I believed I could do it. But you see, sometimes, life does what life is supposed to do - it happens! With no questions...life just happens.

For some weird reason, I was only able to pay back N100k after the three months deadline. By now I was owing close to N400k including interest. I asked them for more time, and they gave me time ..and I managed to pay another N150k or so after a few months. After then, I became stuck.

My business wasn't going well...and for months I was struggling. The guys from the bank came to my office and told me I had a month to pay up or they would have to do what they usually do get their debtors to pay, that the reason they hadn't done it up until then was because of my neighbour relationship with their chairman. I promised I was going to pay and a week or so later, I was able to pay another N30k.

And then very early one Monday morning, sometime in 2009, my younger sister, who used to work with me at Blackdove, Sandra, quietly entered my room and told me that some men were looking for me, that they were at the door and that she'd seen them talking with the bank chairman. She said she suspected that they were police men.

If I tried to describe to you how I felt at that moment, I wouldn't be able. I stopped breathing for at least 3 seconds. I told her not to let my parents or any other member of our family know the men were outside (Only she knew about the loan and actually went with me to get it). I found something to wear and went to meet the men outside. To be honest, I was hoping they were from the bank and not police men but when they introduced themselves to me (three of them) I froze. They said they were men from the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, and they had been sent to bring me to their office to answer for a loan I took from a community bank and refused to pay back. I was going to ride in their marked anti-fraud unit car - sandwiched between two men.

I didn't want my parents to know what was going on (it would have killed my mum) so I quickly went back in, put on more appropriate clothes, told Sandra to follow their car in my car so she would go with me to their office. I remember sitting in that vehicle as they took me to their office in Ikoyi, and wondering how I got to that point. It was like a nightmare. I couldn't believe it was happening. I got to their office and they made me sit down in front an officer who was handling the case. (Sandra was allowed in but she was sitting in another area.).

The officer brought out my case file, and said I was owing the bank N190k for almost a year and I wasn't going to leave their custody until the money was made available. You know, I've had bad days in my life...I mean, who hasn't? But up until that point, I'd never felt worse in my life. Nothing I'd ever experienced up until that day, sitting in front of this man, and beside other offenders/debtors, was anything close to this. Nothing! Even now, I can't even express how I felt that day, what was going through my mind. I felt like a failure. I remember my eyes welled up, because I knew I didn't have N190k and I didn't know anyone who could loan me. I started to explain to the officer, then I began to beg...and I talked and talked and then I began to cry. I couldn't believe the situation I was in. I knew it would break my parents hearts if they found out where I was.

I remember Sandra just sitting there and looking at me...and trying to be strong. She was broken to see me so broken but she kept it together. She started calling people, asking for a loan, I heard her from where I was sitting, calling friends and asking if they could loan her money. No luck. We were there for hours, eventually the officer came to me and said they'd decided to be lenient, that they would give me a month to pay the N190k back to the bank and failure to do so would be automatic arrest and I would not be released until the money was paid. They gave me a form to sign but said I needed a surety and without a surety I would not be released that day. I called a friend who came and signed for me. The officers told him they were releasing me to him and would also pick him up if I failed to pay up. Fortunately he agreed and that was how I was released. I was there from morning till evening and those hours were some of the worst hours of my life. Thankfully, other members of my family didn't immediately know this happened to me. (They found out months later).

But fortunately I recovered quickly. I knew there was no time to mourn. I had just one month to raise N190k or myself and my surety would be picked up and locked up.

Today, I have shoes that cost more than N190k, but back then, that was a lot of money to me...and I didn't have it. So for the next two weeks, I put myself on the road. I started chasing all the agencies owing me money. I ran up, down, to a hole, up a ladder and every where in between and finally raised the money which I paid back to the bank. It was an ordeal but it was finally over!

Months later, I raised some more money to print my 5th edition (above). The content was finished but once again, I didn't have enough money to print it. I had only N200k and I needed N500k. I wasn't ready to give up on this dream. No way! But of course I wasn't going to go to a bank again..lesson learned there...lol. So instead I turned to the printers. I told them I had only N200k and would pay them the balance of N300k when the magazine was out. One printer agreed, took my money and half way into the job told me he couldn't go further without any more money. He basically held me to ransom. I pleaded and threatened for months and they wouldn't budge, wouldn't print without more money and one day I was like, 'you know what?' I give up! I'm done!' I told them to keep the money and the magazine, that I was done. I was just tired of it all. And that was the end of that dream.

Then I decided to face another business idea. I wanted to start a fashion, modeling and beauty school. This time I went to real banks (not community banks..lol). None, not even one looked at my business proposal. I was hoping to get N1million to start this business, but no bank was even willing to talk to me. After months of chasing this idea, looking for money etc, I also gave up on it and moved to the next thing!

A few months later, I shut down my office (after my landlady increased my rent - I could not afford to pay it). I gave out some of my office equipment, sold some and packed the rest of my things and went home. I was going to continue operating my business from home.

This was in 2010. I turned 30 that year and I remember having the worst day of my life - so far - on my 30th birthday. I'd lost my office, I'd given up on my magazine dream. My other businesses weren't doing well. I'd been hustling since I was 17 and I thought that by now I would have made it, but here I was at 30, losing it all (or so I thought) and starting all over again.

But you see, in all of it, no matter how bad a day I had, no matter how tough it was, no matter the other dreams I gave up on, there was something I never stopped doing, I never stopped blogging. I would cry, wipe my tears, pick up my laptop and blog. If I didn't have internet at home, I would go to a cybercafe, pay for time and blog there. This work/passion ultimately changed my life.

Sometime in 2012, when I'd started making money from blogging, a young lady talked to me about her struggles. She needed just N85k to start a nail and eye lash studio. She had someone who was willing to give her space to operate from, but she needed money for other equipment needed for the business. She told me that N85k would change her life and that of her family. She wasn't even asking me for the money, she was just talking about her struggles and how hard it's been for her to raise capital. She mentioned she'd approached a bank for a loan and no bank was willing to give her. She said she didn't know how else she'd get the money but sugar daddy wasn't an option. I remember smiling and I made the decision right there and then to give her the money for her business.

I remembered my life as a struggling entrepreneur, getting picked up by the Anti-Fraud Unit over N190k. I remembered how much help I needed and how little I got. How nobody could really help because they had their own issues and struggles. I remembered my dark days. I remembered all the people I begged to help me, to believe in me, to believe in my dreams. I remembered all the doors that were shut in my face. All the office receptions I sat in for hours. All the Nos I heard. All those who turned their backs. And how sometimes, I just wanted to give up. And I knew there were plenty girls like me out there, with ambition, with dreams, with fire burning in their soul...but who can't get far because they have no one to help, not just with money but also with words. And I made up my mind that day, that whenever I get to a position where I could help other young ladies with dreams and aspirations, I would help. Because I've been through it myself, I know how difficult it is to start or run a business in this country. That's why I want to focus on young ladies with dreams and good business ideas.

So far, I've touched 15 lives (see here)...I hope in my lifetime, that I am able to touch thousands more. God willing. This is the project I've decided to take up. For as long as I remember my over 8-hour ordeal at the Special Fraud unit in Ikoyi, I will always be here to help a female entrepreneur - if not with money, then with advice and guidance.


I struggled o. I used to do an annual fashion show called Style Night. I did it from 2004 to 2010. (see some pics here, and here here). I also tried to do a reality show called Nigeria's top model search with Linda Ikeji...no sponsor. I give up...lol. Catwalk with Linda TV show..no sponsor, I give up! Lol


In 2010, I wrote an inspirational book titled 'It Takes You' to encourage people not to give up on their dreams. I spent a lot of money to get this published because being an author was one of my dreams and I was determined to realize that dream. I made it come through!...:-)

I was still working on my dreams when companies started asking me for advert rates for my blog. I created my ad rate in early 2011 and my life hasn't been the same since. I left everything else and concentrated on this. Sandra is now the CEO of Blackdove...:-)

Sandra and I pictured above (She worked with me at Blackdove from 2004 when I started until 2011 when she took over the company. She was my rock for years! I doubt I love anyone more. She's older than my other sister you all know, Laura. )


Anyway, I plan to do all I can to help as many young women as I can. I'm using my money for now but I would eventually talk to rich people and corporate bodies to get involved and raise as much as it's possible as start-up capital for young female entrepreneurs. Too many unemployed individuals in this country. Let's start creating jobs instead of always looking for one. Plus I don't want anti-fraud people coming to knock on your door...lol.. or you turning to men. I hope all your dreams come true...and I hope no matter how tough it gets, you never give up.


I will catch you guys later. For now, let me take this new Chief and his Lolo to America to spoil them a little. Lol. Kisses. Catch you soon!

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Davido's driver said...

God bless u nd my lib fans

Julius Tha Freshboi said...

Safe trip bae :* ...thank God for ur life! Enjoy! :)

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Aww all the best hajiya linda, may almighty God continue to elevate you $ u entire family, catch you later.

Edem Christabel said...

Too long! ll read l8r

obukwelu gloria said...

Aunty linda,,,,even ma lecturer knws dat I dnt like bulky handout,,,,,,,,














***odikwa risky nd tyt***

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Quite heart rendering story.
May other girls who have lost hope read this and their hopes rekindled.
According to St John Paul the greatest poverty is the lack of hope.
May God continue to bless you as you bless and rekindle the dreams of others.


~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

alfred mckinney said...

Story too much.u r just a lucky girl.just thank God.

emike marian said...

Where d MB to read ur epistle?? **JstKidding*
Enjoy ur stay at Gods Own Country d ikejis.....

Bethel Ekemita said...

Nice

Pls visit my blog bettykrislav.blogspot.com

Bonita Bislam said...

God bless you Linda is all I could mutter to myself.Yours is quite an inspiring story & I'm truly inspired.Hope to be like u someday

damilola mumuni said...

Read and savoured every single word. Didn't really know anything about you except that you are a blogger. I am not easily inspired but this inspired me, I always had a knack for writing but find it hard to follow through, this has made me think twice and I know I must not give up. God bless you more for your kind heart and thx for sharing. I will also spoil my mum soon in sha Allah.amin

anita gold said...

Waooooo!
So so inspiring

God bless you linda.

anita gold said...

Waooooo!
So so inspiring

God bless you linda.

Wokili Musa said...

speechless priceless. dont know what to say

anya odeh said...

Inspiration to young ladies out there

Simon said...

What if the people you are helping still sleep with men, this life!!!

Anonymous said...

I usually do not comment, but I'm in awe.. you struggled soo much to be where you are today and you deserve everything you've gotten. Truly inspirational.

christie benjamin said...

Wow...like the saying "no condition is permanent" really thank God for you!!

regio said...

God bless u linda. The sky will never be your limit cos u'll excel far above the sky. More power to ur elbows.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Very inspirational, I won't give up on me, NEVER

Simmy said...

Hmmmmmmmmm. God win!

Safiyyah Jibril said...

Awwww Linda *tears* very inspiring. Nothing good comes easy. May God bless you.

Leonard said...

Linda you inspire me with this ...God will extremely bless you .. very long piece but making sense ... After reading this I went to pray God bless me as you bless Linda ..

Anonymous said...

Yea Lindodo, talking about back then on Nbanugo street. and loan with the help of Mr Ikem Nbanugo the Chattered accountant.

Anonymous said...

Aw, I'm touched. You been through a lot, girl. Keep up the good work and safe travels to the states.

Anonymous said...

So inspired by this....keep it up Linda

Akinbo said...

Thank you for the message and word of encouragement to the young aspiring entrepreneurs. It is never too late, God will always bless the work of our hands.

Debbie charles said...

Thanks for sharing your story, this is really inspiring, exactly what I was in need of, something or someone to show that no matter the situation never give up

Good Nigerian said...

Impressive....this is one of the most inspirational post out there. You are blessed!

Anonymous said...

How sweet!

Akinbo said...

Thank you for the message and word of encouragement to the young aspiring entrepreneurs. It is never too late, God will always bless the work of our hands.

Chioma Agwu Mba said...

Wow.... So inspiring... Short of words...... HARD is certainly as hard as it sounds in the word HARDWORK.....

Bey Fidel said...

Linda, you are really an inspiration. I read your blog everyday. Am in US, would love to see you. Will wanna be like you someday.

Allybrownny said...

God bless u dear,it is well,d Lord shall strengthen you always..Love u

Kachi said...

Thank God for your life dear.

Jolof Hearts said...

Nice nice nice. Funny how people think she got lucky, not knowing half the story. Bless your heart.

freeborn zinalima said...

Nice and great fabulous one ms linda.you are indeed a blessing to nigeria and africa entirely?you have really tried alot for young guy'S out there keep it my dear?you are a role model to many with your self esteem,it give's me alot of joy seeing people remembering were they started from because without a start there won't be an end.
I commend you for your decision,resolution,determination that keep's you all this while,keep it don't be distrated,rather focus more.
I congratulate your father and your mum the new chief and lola of ibo land congrat sir and ma'm am sure you guy's we not stop only in America please make sure you reach my best mum's place mauritius.





















































#sad indeed

Anonymous said...

Inspiring story Linda, God bless you and keep you in Jesus name, amen.

On a side note, looking at you, your parents, Sandra (and remembering pictures of your other siblings) I can't help but wonder where Laura got her complexion from. :/

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

Ummmm hmmmmm





Aunty linda...

Eleojo Daniel said...

may God continue to shower his blessings upon you as u v taken up this course of blessing others with the blessings of God on your life. I am indeed touched by your story n it has rekindled my hope for tomorrow. it is tough at the moment but I trust God that i'l see light at the end of the tunnel. thanks Linda

Anonymous said...

Did ijust cry???this is inspiring.....iv given up many times too and I'm stil not there yet.Oh lord that made Linda Ikeji,make me Olufunke too...add beauty and color to my life.Amen

STERN said...

Linda ikeji, you can branch to the neighboring country Canada and do some turn up for your readers o!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwww, really touching and inspiring but above all, I'm glad you pulled through. Do have a safe trip + congrats to your parents. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

Awwww, inspirational! But linda u self shut the door on me o...all the time I wanted to advertise my cams on ur blog n wanted to know ur rates...never got a reply after one time even when i kept reminding u. I figured u just didnt take me seriously sha. That being said, am still ur fan n ur stories and outreach are inspiring! Enjoy ur Vacay!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwww, really touching and inspiring but above all, I'm glad you pulled through. Do have a safe trip + congrats to your parents. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwww, really touching and inspiring but above all, I'm glad you pulled through. Do have a safe trip + congrats to your parents. Linda take note!

Kolawole taiye said...

Nice one girl. You definitely an inspiration to a lot of folks out here. Keep the fire burning. And safe trip to ur nawti ass.

Anonymous said...

Inspiring.Please don't get lost on what's truly important.I hope you'll read between the lines and know what I mean.

Anne Nwafor said...

Aww......so inspiring n sweet of u Linda.
Take care of ma n pa

Remain blessed

Gloria Richard said...

Nice one Linda Ikeji and congratulations to your parents....have fun!

Anonymous said...

Sincerely speaking, this is quite inspiring and no doubt really motivated me to push harder. May God continue to bless you and grant you your heart desire Amen.

biddy said...

Linda i'm touched. Thank God for your life and this encouraging story :)

Cute G said...

You're indeed an inspiration to the youths. It's a thing of joy having to look back at the struggles and then laugh at it. Giving up wasn't an alternative for you. Persistence was your watchword and you soared. A great lesson for me to never give up in life and most especially in GOD.Big ups girl.

Anonymous said...

Linda ikeji you're indeed a testimony.... see struggle hmmmmmn .....eddy

Anonymous said...

Linda Ikeji. God bless you. That's all I can say.
*BabyPebbles*

Anonymous said...

Well done Linda, I admire you even more now.Ladies don't have to sell their bodies to be successful.God bless you

Maureen Uhama said...

Linda you are blessed safe flight dear.

Owakunle Okedele said...

Really inspiring . My story is similar to yours. God bless you Linda.

Teemah Salau said...

Awww linda! U inspire me a lot n dis made me cry! ...tnk u very much ffor sharing ur story and tank u for being such an inspiration, may d good lord cont to bleS u n may ma dreams come true insha Allah!

I B M bolubantin said...

Wow...that was a very inspiring one...
I respect ur guts and determination..I just hope lots of young people learn from this and know that no matter what life throws at you, you will always succeed

Teemah Salau said...

Awww linda! U inspire me a lot n dis made me cry! ...tnk u very much ffor sharing ur story and tank u for being such an inspiration, may d good lord cont to bleS u n may ma dreams come true insha Allah!..+ ave a good time

mimi abba said...

So touch by ur story linda! I ve been trying mathematics to get into my brain bt I had to give up n open ur blog bt after reading this, maths na me n u o, am not giving up on u n u won't give up on me!

lindabella ogbonna said...

Wao am in tears... I struggled too and still but God will continue to bless you. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Linda! You just inspired me more!

pattylious williams said...

Waoooo....Linda....am in tears. Thank you for this.

victor uche said...

Nyz 1

9jahub.com said...

lovely

OGUNDIRAN OYINDAMOLA said...

Hmmmmmmm n now ur struggle n story as changed 2 glory, I bless God 4 ur life. Safe trip n congratulations 2 ur parents

OGUNDIRAN OYINDAMOLA said...

Hmmmmmmm n now ur struggle n story as changed 2 glory, I bless God 4 ur life. Safe trip n congratulations 2 ur parents

Anonymous said...

U ve made my even. These words of urs were spoken to me directly. I ve been struggling at d age of 17, and nxt month I will turn 30. Just as in ur case. And am still searching fr d light. But wit wht u just wrote.. My dear I won't give up. Never!!!

becca said...

miss linda,,,,thank you very much for this,,,even if i don't comment on this blog,,,,,i think i visit this blog more than 10 tyms in a day,,,,and v introduced so many friends to this blog,,,,this blog is the only news paper i have,,,with this,i will never give up on my dreams,,,v tried so many things,nd v gone tru alot,,,,but will neva giv up,,,u ar an inspiration!,,God bless you miss,,,someday,,,i will smile like u,,,,you are gracefilled,,,,u inspire me,,,,u v rilly afected my life linda,,,,,,no exagerations,,,but the truth,,,,,more upliftments inda!

Victoria Anyacho said...

Auch!! What a touching story u really went through a lot thank God ur struggle nd hardwork ws nt in vain.i couldn't help but just smile as i reached d stage of ur success.ur sandra really deserve d ceo,she is really a sister indeed she is a real definition of a friend in need is a friend indeed but this time around is a sister in need is a sister indeed.bravo Linda may God see u through as u continue I AM SELF MADE and ur blogging

Funmi Ogunjobi said...

Nice story I admire your courage and hardwork. In the words of Thomas Edison. You finally ran out of things that would not work and hit a jackpot with blogging. Congrats girl. Your an example for young people. keep up the good work and God add more grace to you.

Anonymous said...

My God! Speechless

obukwelu gloria said...

Wow,,,,dix is very very inspiring,,,,,,linda,u jux changed someone's life,,,,,tanx linda,,,I rili learnt smtn here,,,,I appreciate,,,may God continue to bless u,,,,,ur hustlings won't b in vain,,,,u wil b hapi al d days of ya life cos d sad days of ya life was d days of hard larbour,,,,may God bless u plenty,,,,,,,,,,,,,***biko permit me to kiss ya chick**(biko nt a les oooo,,bfor dem go start tokin nonsense noww)God bless u




















***odikwa risky nd tyt***

Anonymous said...

Linda God bless you for this, you are an inspiration to young people, I read everything, U just uplifted my spirit, u motivate me with this heart touching story..Continue to enjoy d fruits of your Labour coz u deserve it and also your parents..God bless me too to be a blessing to others and most importantly to my wonderful parents especially my mum

bummyla said...

God Bless You Linda! We Love You! http://www.bummyla.com

Anonymous said...

This is d most touching write up from u...left me in tears

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I never liked you. But now I understand you. I needed that. It takes a lot to work work and work without income. But I'm trying. I will make it and share my story soon. I hate being a dependant. Thanks for sharing that. Now, I wish you all the best

Ifeomacology I said...

Aww, cool story!!

Edna Asamaka said...

Awwwww such a nice story,the sky is our starting point!

Columbus said...

Linda Linda, Linda.....I don't even know what to tell you or what names to call you. You are more than mere words. Make i hear say Buhari give national honors next and you are not on the list , i am going to personally start a riot or serious protest to aso rock. I love you babe. Trust me, God almighty will grant you all your heart desires AMEN. ... WHAT A WOMAN! I AM GONNA CHANGE MY DAUGHTERS NAME TO LINDAIKEJI OSAZE.

Anonymous said...

Long interesting story.....not a single mention of God or prayer. It's all "me" and "I"....... Oh well, what do I know. After all you're successful and that's all that matters now

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Better pikin. God bless u dear. Mk una safe o

okwy obassy said...

Awww,Linda...This so nice.God bless u more

Opeyemi Erayoma said...

You did a great job linda!you have a large heart.but please also include single parents,in your id rather be self made.we also need to be motivated and helped too.please. still kudos to u.you are amazing

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Love you Linda. Take care

Anonymous said...

Great inspiring story ...You are blessed Linda ...and do all you can do for mama and papa because life is too short...We are proud of you...Hopefully if you guys make it to my city , I will be glad to host and cook for mama and papa and ofcourse sweet Linda
*Linda's Future Hubby*

Anonymous said...

Linda,keep quite .you are a foolish and useless unmarried aged ashawo.

folakemi oderinde said...

Awww Linda, this is so inspiring thanks for sharing, nothing can stop my dreams with this piece as it has just ruled out all doubts. Tnx again for this! God bless

martha eleyinmi said...

U are a wonderful being. Thanks for sharing.

damiwizzy said...

Inspiring, a great read. The Koko is too never give up.

rilla64 said...

Touching piece...Safe travels Linda

Ajala Godson said...

Linda... you killed it with this write-up. You just made me realise that you can do it if you set your mind to it. Your hard work is paying-off. I wish you all the very best in this quest. God bless u.

Oyinkansola Olusola said...

Eeya…so Touching…I wish u d very best in any good decision u make. Just please remember me in ur corner o. I learned Hat and bridal Fascinators for weddings n occasions but v not been able to get d complete materials to start on my own as they are quite expensive…I really do need help n it can be from anyone willing please. U can reach out to me on 08162845467, oyinkansolaajayi.bleco123@gmail.
com. I'm using this opportunity to advertise too…ur free to contact me. Tnx.

Oyinkansola Olusola said...

Eeya…so Touching…I wish u d very best in any good decision u make. Just please remember me in ur corner o. I learned Hat and bridal Fascinators for weddings n occasions but v not been able to get d complete materials to start on my own as they are quite expensive…I really do need help n it can be from anyone willing please. U can reach out to me on 08162845467, oyinkansolaajayi.bleco123@gmail.
com. I'm using this opportunity to advertise too…ur free to contact me. Tnx. Auntie Linda please post it o biko.

Oluwadamilola Akinayo said...

Inspiring words,LINDA,thanks for sharing for your #CreativeHustle to where you are now. God bless and keep doing your thang...we dey learn from you remember that...*winks winks*
http://www.dm3drev-studeos.blogspot.com

Chi chi said...

Linda you parents must be very proud of you.

I bless God for all your achievements. Let no man give glory unto him/herself, all the glory must be to God.

Am sure you glorify his name everyday.

ij mokwunye said...

Wow. You are blessed

Maxwell Akalonu said...

You too..m just speechless

Sincere George said...

Wowwww, ur story so touching and more ribs to ur elbow n may I also bit frm ur blessings. May God almighty blessing me richly n give me d wisdom n knowledge to tink well n neva giv up like you!, ijn amen. Ur story is really making shed tears. I RATHER BE SELF MADE

Joanna Bankole said...

Keep it up..God bless you real good:)

Anonymous said...

God bless u both.Linda and Sandra...sandie is so calm and supportive..way back in 2004 till date but how come she doesn't make such loud noise as Laura biko?het duty na to dey dance for IG daily.Lmao..

Linda Igbo said...

oh Linda I cried all through

Anonymous said...

Amazing!

callistus Iwuagwu said...

This is very inspiring Linda. Ina world where people only want to showcase their wealth without motivating younger ones. I'm really proud of this step you have taken to write a memoir of events that lead to your success. If not anything, at least aspiring entrepreneurs would learn that the road to riches is not made of roses. it requires discipline, tenacity, fervent prayers to God almighty and also dedicated and purpose driven hard work.

P.S congrats to the new Chief and lolo. Never knew until this moment that you were Igbo.

kayjay omuni said...

Wow...linda u are an inspiration... Amazing...sometimes struggles are neccesary but not compulsory

Oyinkansola Olusola said...

Eeya…so Touching…I wish u d very best in any good decision u make. Just please remember me in ur corner o. I learned Hat and bridal Fascinators for weddings n occasions but v not been able to get d complete materials to start on my own as they are quite expensive…I really do need help n it can be from anyone willing please. U can reach out to me on 08162845467, oyinkansolaajayi.bleco123@gmail.
com. I'm using this opportunity to advertise too, for ur brides maids fascinators…ur free to contact me. Tnx. Auntie Linda please post it o biko.

Tola Sanni said...

Whaoo, this is so so touching and inspiring Linda. This is the result of hardwork and an unrelenting spirit. Am so happy for you, really. God Bless you more and keep your parents. Please spoil them big.

Native Doctor said...

Linda Linda Linda Linda!
I read every single word.
You are a real woman.
My own definition.
May God protect you always.



Sincerely speaking the mind of Amadioha

Ichebi Christian said...

Wow!
Just wow and wow,wow ,wow!!

Anonymous said...

Sandie is even finer,more intelligent Dan dat Laura wey sabi disturb person timeline with fashion 'ohh was in tears wen I asked her to get me wat to wear for d day'*in Laura's voice on IG..Lmaooooo

Anonymous said...

Woww! Really long but incredibly inspirational, couldn't stop reading. Congrats dear, all your hard work paid off and you deserve every bit of it. I love when you say we need to start creating jobs not looking for jobs. A lot of young people's goals begin and end with finding jobs which are usually crappy and unfulfilling. We need to change our mindset! B

Tobi Onajobi said...

Linda God bless her more and more. This is inspiring, I was close to tears as I read. I glorify God for this.

mzmaris said...

Touching story......a lesson to be learned

jennifer martins said...

I love u linda,u r my role model. God will bless u forever.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story.. i'm glad you shared it. you are definitely an inspiration

Bridget said...

Actually read it all and I must say am really inspired.

Anonymous said...

Who says a girl child is not equal to a male child lol Linda I love you sooo much.

Franklin chizoba said...

I feel Inspired, well done linda

Anonymous said...

Hello Linda, its so good and inspiring to read this piece of inspirational write up from you. I am an ardent reader of your blog but i rarely comment , but for this i give you KUDOS! And these will encourage us young ladies, girls and female folk to be independent. Its not only the male that should help and support the society but women should also be involve. Have a safe flight and get me perfume while coming back.

dolly4ung@yahoo.co.uk
Facebook; peeble foundation ng
Twitter @dollymetuh

Anonymous said...

Hello Linda, its so good and inspiring to read this piece of inspirational write up from you. I am an ardent reader of your blog but i rarely comment , but for this i give you KUDOS! And these will encourage us young ladies, girls and female folk to be independent. Its not only the male that should help and support the society but women should also be involve. Have a safe flight and get me perfume while coming back.

dolly4ung@yahoo.co.uk
Facebook; peeble foundation ng
Twitter @dollymetuh

Anu said...

Awwwww... trust you're gonna spoil mum n dad over there. Have fun. Great job

Ty said...

Inspired..

Naji Owusu said...

was really long tho lol but it was worth it
keep up the good work Linda..God bless you for all the lives you ve touched and the lives you ll be touchn...

anita chisom said...

Wow! Ma pls this is my email address chisomanita@gmail.com, I will be happy if you can reach me through it cos I really do need your help, God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Hello Linda, its so good and inspiring to read this piece of inspirational write up from you. I am an ardent reader of your blog but i rarely comment , but for this i give you KUDOS! And these will encourage us young ladies, girls and female folk to be independent. Its not only the male that should help and support the society but women should also be involve. Have a safe flight and get me perfume while coming back.

dolly4ung@yahoo.co.uk
Facebook; peeble foundation ng
Twitter @dollymetuh

Anonymous said...

You struggle sha,but me just think say that time wey you get car wey ur sister drive follow you and anti fraud unit...You for sell am instead naa.

anita chisom said...

Wow! Ma pls this is my email address chisomanita@gmail.com, I will be happy if you can reach me through it cos I really do need your help, God bless you.

anita chisom said...

Wow! Ma pls this is my email address chisomanita@gmail.com, I will be happy if you can reach me through it cos I really do need your help, God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Linda Ikeji I love your "never give up spirit "
You inspire me. May God give you the bone of your bone.
You really tried. I am proud of you.
Have a safe trip
Bolateethole.blogspot.com

Njimogu victor said...

Linda Ikeji..I clap for you..am in tears now reading this. Am a guy and I can relate with your struggles. You don't need money to touch lives, with this post you have touched the millions that read it. Always admired your work ethic and struggle, you actually inspired me to blog too. If you did not give up, I just can't give up, If you are not sleeping but still working at your level then am not sleeping. I don't comment for giveaway because I know I can make it too on my own. God go bless you like kilode, more heights for you as you have shared this with us.

www.njaytheentertainer.blogspot.com is my own if you want to check it out.

Haywhizzle said...

Nice write up and inspiration....but I also noticed u gals are of age...#go and marry.

anita chisom said...

Wow! Ma pls this is my email address chisomanita@gmail.com, I will be happy if you can reach me through it cos I really do need your help, God bless you.

OfficialFranklin said...

they say dreams come through and when they do its a beautiful thing

afolabi olwaseyi said...

Pls keep it Up.... I also needs ur helping hands as well.

Anonymous said...

Really inspiring! May God bless your Labour of love

Tosin Alaka said...

Deeply touched and inspired by this write-up. Thanks Linda. But do you know you can reach out even more and empower not only these girls but also their generation yet to come? Forever Living Products provides that unique platform for total wellness and financial freedom. Please explore this opportunity Lindigwe. Tosinba2000@gmail.com

EBUKA EZE said...

Really touching, tnx 4 diz advice

Anonymous said...

U have touched more than 15 lived o! Your story touches me all the damn time! God bless you my role model

Iwuoha Richard said...

very encouraging. I wish u well.

Anonymous said...

God bless you

Suwa Aneetah said...

Wow! Thank you Linda.. may God bless and keep you.

Anonymous said...

Linda, am crying here, tears rolling down my eyes with joy for you, may God continue to bless you and keep you. AMEN

Lois Yassat said...

Hmmmmmmm great lesson and great epistle indeed

Anonymous said...

If ur success does'nt make other people successfull then u hv failed.#Linda GGMUB!!!

it is i said...

Congrats to ur mum and dad. I got lifted and inspired by ur story and it made me appreciate ur person. More greese and power to ur elbow. Wishing u success in ur new endeavor.

anthonette matiki said...

Awwww. Linda God bless u richly. Oh, and I read the whole 'long' story. Really inspiring

Lyssa Abies said...

Wow this is touching n interesting,i remember visitin ur blog since 2010(u v touched my life in so many ways buh u wld'nt knw),just keep the goo work dear God sent

Lyssa Abies said...

U r simply amazing

Dat Business Woman said...

WoW.....sooooo touching
Helping ppl out is a dream 4 me too.
I'd work hard, vewi hard to c dt come true.
I'm jst a bag filled with ideas,numerous ideas, no funds to carry on with any....lol
It gets sooooooo frustrating most times.
@ Least I have hope, a good temporary job in like 2 months
Bt,i dnt wanna b a job seeker,i wanna b a job creator.
I rili can't wait to b an entrepreneur.

Sophia stephen said...

Wow!!! U re an inspiration. A huge one. Thanks for this write up. Its too short to me cos e nor reach me read. I pray God crown ur efforts wit a God fearing and very good husband to make u complete. Wow. U simply wow me.

jay ayo said...

So touching and inspiring.. God bless you more and more!



#blessed child

Ekanem Okpo-Ene said...

I am truly inspired by your experience. May God continue to bless you to be a blessing to others. Abeg spoil your parents very well o jare.

Anonymous said...

we adore @lindaikeji so well. www.stormsmagazine.com share just same story with you. but we are almost there just like u r now at the top. i remember the reply we got from you when we wrote you. u inspire us linda. itas just one thing we pray to God to bles you with, and he will do it in Jesus name amen.

Obichere Chukwuemeka said...

Oluwa bless me to bless my parentz
Adura Wagba


Continue...

Lukman said...

Looks like your mother is asking you when are you bringing home your Husband"

Anonymous said...

This entire write up is a load of nonsense.
I was expecting something earth shattering .l mean a blockbuster.
You just wasted my precious time. U arrogant stupid bitch.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Linda Ikeji... Very inspiring write up.

Eby Nwadike said...

Wow! No time is ever too late to get yourself together and achieve what you want to achieve.

Real Jewel said...

Well done Linda, No doubt you are an inspiration and you are resilient, hardworking and focused.
But don't forget to thank GOD all the time, cos its not of him that wills or runs its of the LORD who showeth mercy.
GOD LOVES YOU

Anonymous said...

This is my first comment on this blog ever!
Wow! Success doesn't happen by magic! You must try and even if u fail, try again! Thank you for inspiring us Linda Ikeji��

Olamide Oke said...

Oh boy!!!...i don't comment on your blog linda..but man o man..i am amazed..iLearnt!!!...Jeez..congrats ma'am..keep inspiring us all

Anonymous said...

After reading this linda, I got on my knees and prayed for you.. I pray I hv a story as inspiring to tell others some day

Anonymous said...

God will bless your hustle linda,

Adedokun Eniola said...

Awww So touching,I thank God for ur life ma'am, it's all story now! You're so Strong keep up the Good work n keep inspiring we the young ones, May God continue to enlarge ur coast, God bless you real Good, love you loads

Anonymous said...

Thank God for you, thank God for me

Anonymous said...

Awwww...I have been an ardent reader of LIB for 5years now but have never ever made or typed a comment..But this chronicle touched a chord..You are truly a christain because it takes someone Christlike to have a heart so large dat......infact..May you always be in the Lords palm.AMEN

Anonymous said...

Linda, I've been an avid reader of your blog for several years now but this is the first time I'm commenting. I'm proud of you! Our people say the hand that gives is always on top. You will continue to be Naija's premier blog plus more. On another note, what are all these eligible bachelors waiting for? If to say I never marry, I for don wife you up since - trouser length marriage material :-).

gentle said...

This is the most inspirational thing i've ever read in my life. Lesson to be learned #NEVER GIVE UP# .mehn most people would have been broken, but you just kept at it. CONGRATS!!!

ndi odre said...

Congrat to u and ur family for d recognition.... Hv fun

Eby Nwadike said...

So many lessons to be drawn from this.

Anonymous said...

Awwwwww. This is inspiring!!! Thanks Linda

Anonymous said...

U are an inspiration. I love u.

Busola Kolawole said...

Linda you,ve done very well kudos

Anonymous said...

You have done very well. Inspiring

Jules Louis said...

Aww Linda! I absolutely do not know what to say. Thanks for this story! I'm inspired! Safe trip! Xoxo.

Joy said...

Wow what a story. Journey mercies Linda and family.

Eze Tony said...

Verrry Inspiring..I bet there is no other word more fitting for such a story.. with this story, i've gathered hope again tonight..Thank you Linda..!

JESS JESS JESSY said...

Aswear I read everything....wow Linda thank god for ur life


Wow Good Read

Cheechee Live said...

Your parent must be super proud of you.I know continually pressing forward and prayers makes things work eventually.
www.cheecheelive.com

Scribes Pad said...
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missy jay said...

Thank u Linda for this wonderful piece today was one of these bad days for me I got rejected for a job that i've been pursuing for like 3 months and i've been feeling bad but reading ur write up this night just made my day i've decided never to give up on my dream on becoming the best cake maker in africa

Anonymous said...

Great article, Linda!!! Well done.

Prize Okoli said...

Linda love, please I'm hoping there'ld also be "I'ld rather be self made" for guys.
Cos some of us have great ideas too but no capital to start-up.

All in all I thank God for u, God go help us too.
Congrats to ur folks and have fun!

Zizi Zizi said...

Really touching!!!!

Prize Okoli said...

rather be self made" for guys.
Cos some of us have great ideas too but no capital to start-up.

All in all I thank God for u, God go help us too.
Congrats to ur folks and have fun!

Prize Okoli said...

Linda love, please I'm hoping there'ld also be "I'ld rather be self made" for guys.
Cos some of us have great ideas too but no capital to start-up.

All in all I thank God for u, God go help us too.
Congrats to ur folks and have fun!

Anonymous said...

madam this is too long,we all have our struggles..graduated as a med student now earning 6 figures in the us...not knocking ur hustle but mehn leave story

Scribes Pad said...
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Anonymous said...

madam this is too long,we all have our struggles..graduated as a med student now earning 6 figures in the us...not knocking ur hustle but mehn leave story

Ehi said...

God bless you Linda. Am inspired

George Sarki said...

Hmmm you didnt sleep with anybody.i think am not interested in d rest.cos its false.honesty is expensive and u cant get it from cheap pple.

molade adeniyi said...

Linda u inspire me.. am forced to write this whenever u post stuffs bou this.. an always so emotional.. a day with u won't hurt. U my role model... people don't know how amazing u are.. u hustled mehn..keep been awesome

Celine Oma said...

Wow! Speechless

Cynthia Agbo said...

Am inspired your story is quite touching, I have seen a lot of hardship myself and I hope some day dat I get to befit from your "I will rather be self made

ElizabethJ said...

Awesome! So inspired! Bless u dear.

Anonymous said...

Sweetly, your story is so touching and encouraging. God bless you for remembering how life was for you and how you became successful through persistence and hard work and also helping other ladies to be financially and morally to live thier dream. God bless you, can't thank you enough for sharing this with us.

Celine Oma said...

Wow! Speechless

OKAFOR ROSITA said...

wow!! i am inspired!! God bless you Linda

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