Linda Ikeji’s blog has been deleted!
Wait, that’s no longer news now, is it? The online community has been agog for hours: some expressing incredulity that their beloved blog and information portal had been unceremoniously taken from them. Most happy that finally the number one blog in Nigeria, West Africa, and probably the whole of Africa had been deleted/suspended. A minority however like yours truly are indifferent to the news. We’re neither fans nor haters.
So, why am I writing about the event if it bothers me little? Simple, Linda Ikeji’s blog is a symbol of something bigger than gossip, entertainment gist and unverified news and Linda Ikeji herself. Her blog has become a way of life in Nigeria, transcending tribe and race. You’ll be hard pressed to see any lady that does not take regular doses of the blog by spending a minimum of two hours on the blog weekly.
Hence, how could something so BIG built through sweat and years of hard work be deleted with a push of a button exposing the owner of the blog to simmering malice and outright display of insensitivity? What is the underlying story between Linda and her malicious oppressor? How come her own blog was the only one deleted when it is common knowledge that blogging in Nigeria defines plagiarism? Why her?
The answer may not be too far fetched. As I’ve already posited, hers may be the biggest blog in Africa and worth over a million dollars (note: that figure I imagine is grossly below the real worth of http://www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com ), and in other to make a point, and show Nigerian bloggers that everything they are about may be removed with a few keystrokes.
I didn’t read the article written by Linda Ikeji, neither did I hear of any report, until a colleague said to me: dem don delete Linda Ikeji blog. I checked and went on twitter and there, the unthinkable had been done.
So, it is no longer news, Linda Ikeji’s blog is offline. Whether temporarily or permanently remains to be seen. How she responds to this setback in her blogging career will show the world the true manner of Linda Ikeji. I remember watching her interview on NDani TV and falling in love with her brilliance and tenacity. Her playful disposition and the fact that she held her own around Toolz made me respect her person immensely. That respect didn’t mean I became a fan of her blog; I fell in love with the person but couldn’t be bothered to endorse her work. I’d be lying though if I said that I do not occasionally get gist from her blog, no thanks to colleagues and friends.
Anyways, after learning of the recent setback to the blog, and in order to be objective seeing as all Nigerian bloggers plagiarize, I spoke with a few friends and felt the pulse of others. Yes, Linda’s die hard fans like Arsenal fans are cussing the bad break on hate and they do not want to believe that Linda herself may have a hand in this undoing. Wait, before you stone me, answer these few questions:
1: Where is the Linda Ikeji Blog office located?
2: How many people work there as full time employees of the blog? (Staff writers, IT dept, Legal, photographers e.t.c.)
3: Why hasn’t she paid for her own domain name and migrated her blog from lindaikeji.blogspot.com to lindaikeji.com (or whatever name she chooses)
4: As a top blogger, why doesn’t she give credit to the original writer/journalist (for want of a better word)?
And the list of questions been raised may be endless as people are having a field day with this discourse sparked off by Google doing exactly what Jennifer Lawrence accused them of not doing… Pushing the delete button.
At the end of the day, I expect Linda Ikeji to take away positives from this slight setback. If Google does not restore her blog, then she can always start another. However, the legal and financial implications to her may be dire. I imagine she’s losing money now with this downtime. And she’ll have to pay lawyers a handsome fee as retainer for them to take on Google.
Whatever finally happens, when this dust gathers and visibility has been restored, it is my earnest hope and prayer that all Nigerian bloggers will carve a niche for themselves by writing original, objective stories. I mean gossip shouldn’t be credited to anyone, but if it will land you in hot soup, you’d point out your source wouldn’t you?
Think about it…
PS: Let professionalism rule amongst the bloggers so, everyone understands the stakes.