There’s been an ongoing cyberwar between popular Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji and some unknown guy who is simply known by his Twitter name, Mr. AyeDee.
According to a blogpost Linda published yesterday , this guy was a cybersquatter trying to bring her down. She said they had bought up every possible domain name she could use to start a new blog and were bullying her into buying it off them. When they couldn’t succeed, they launched an attack against her saying her blog was full of plagiarised work…in other words, stealing other people’s work and passing them off as hers.
She told the unknown guy that he and his team can never bring her, “a good woman down” because she had the “backing of God.” I really didn’t like where this was going but I decided not to meddle.
Linda had recently flaunted her newly acquired vehicle; a 2014 Range Rover Sports Supercharged. Apparently, it infuriated many people who felt she was making cool money over their intellectual property without them getting anything.
While it may be true that Linda lifts certain stories from other blogs or website, the fact remains that every blog whether in Naija or outside Naija does the same thing. So my question is, why was she singled out? Why was she made the scape goat? I’ll tell you why and this is a big lesson…
Lesson 101 in Naija Blogging: HIDE YOUR HEAD!!! Linda flaunts everything she buys on social media and most times she did it in an in-your-face way. Her Instagram page is filled with photos of her in very expensive designer dresses, bags, shoes, jewellery, Rolex diamond wrist watches and so on. An average Naija person is bound to hate on her. She even said so herself that if she were the haters, she’d hate herself too.
For all it’s worth, I have to confess that I like Linda. She is a perfect example of a modern day Cinderella. Life wasn’t always kind to her in the beginning. But each time she fell down she’d get up, dust herself up and keep on the struggle. She has a unique blogging style of keeping her stories short, witty and interesting.
Linda has a very strong fan base. Campaigning for her blog to be deleted would not shift traffic to the blogs of the antagonists. I just wish there was a more amicable way of settling all this.
Even though I feel so pained about it now, I believe we haven’t seen the end of this Naija Cinderella just yet. I’m rooting for her to come back bigger and better. There’s enough space in the blogosphere for everyone. I just hope this punishment was genuine and not like Linda said a deliberate act to bring her down.
I sincerely wish her all the best.