Linda Ikeji – Entertainment News

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Linda Ikeji is a famous blogger in Nigeria who in 2013 made it onto the list of Forbes influential bloggers which is no easy feat!

Her blog provides news, beauty tips, and celebrity gossip to her readers.

She started blogging when she was 17 years old with no background in journalism or writing experience.

Today, she has over 3 million followers on Facebook where she posts almost daily.

With so many people following her work, Linda Ikeji has been able to make a living for herself by running the blog as well as taking advertisements from various companies.

She has been able to launch her own beauty line as well as a clothing line via print on demand.

She was also named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and awarded an honorary doctorate from Babcock University. Ikeji continues to work hard to provide her readers with the latest posts and information on entertainment news.

She has been in the spotlight for her success and achievements as an entrepreneur while being one of Nigeria’s most successful bloggers to date.

Her blog began when she had just finished school with no further ideas about what career path to take until she discovered blogging.
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People in Entertainment

2Face Idibia
From his artistry to passion for change, the Pop king

of Africa has continued to use his music as a muse to
influence all. Through his foundation, “2Face Idibia

Reach-Out Foundation”, Idibia, an icon by every
definition, has dedicated a great amount of time,

effort and resources towards reaching out to fellow
humans in need.

Alex Okosi
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of

Viacom International, Africa, Okosi continues to
showcase Africa to the world and vice versa with the

MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central
platforms. Okosi is one of the top dogs determining

the present and future of entertainment on TV.
Ali Baba

Still at the top of the food chain when it concerns
comedy in Nigeria, Ali Baba, a pioneer stand-up

comedian is not only responsible for making the
trade profitable, he continues to use his influence to

hold up the platform for others to shine.
Amaka Igwe

A strong pillar in Nollywood, Igwe’s undying love for
motion picture has helped her carve a niche for

herself whether with her famous soap operas or her
annual BOBTV TV expo. Her Lagos-based radio

station, Top Radio has also become a force to reckon

Amin Moussalli
The Lebanese boss actually started doing business in

Nigeria as far back as 1975 with his AIM architectural
company but his love for broadcasting drove him to

create radio stations Cool FM, Wazobia FM and later
on Nigeria Info with his daughter Evita in the helm of

affairs. These stations have become one of the
biggest outfits in Nigeria reaching millions in four

different cities.
Audu Maikori

It’s been rocky times at Chocolate City in the last
seven months but Maikori, a lawyer and entrepreneur

has shown nothing but exemplary skills in stirring
the entertainment label through murky waters. With

A-list acts like M.I. and Ice Prince, Chocolate City still
remains one of the biggest music labels in Africa.

Don’t be surprised if they announce an IPO soon.
Ayo Animashaun

Through his Smooth Promotions company,
Animashaun, 43, has launched some of the most

relevant entertainment platforms including “The
Headies” and the 24-hour channel “Hip TV” which

launches on DSTV this month.
Bolanle Austen Peters

Peters is the soul of Terra Kulture – a highly
recognized cultural hub set up to promote the

richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts
and culture. Respected for enabling the sustenance

of live theatre in Lagos, she’s now executing the big-
budget SARO musical that’s already receiving critical

In eight years of existence, Terra Kulture has

organised no less than 60 plays, over 100
exhibitions, and approximately 10,000 children have

been through their language, culture clubs and

Biola Alabi
Managing Director at M-NET Africa over the last four

years, Alabi has engineered the process of bringing
top African content to our doorsteps. This year, she

birthed the successful and well rated African Magic
Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Chika Nwobi
Nwobi is a serial entrepreneur. From MTech- a

leading mobile content company in Africa to – West Africa’s most popular jobs

portal to – Nigeria’s leading cars/autos
website to a fast growing e-commerce

fashion retail business in Nigeria, Nwobi has
successfully built mobile and internet-related

companies; using unusual techniques to link IT with
entertainment while delivering value for consumers

and helping Telcos excite a generation in love with

Chris Ubosi
He is the CEO of Megalectrics Limited, owners of

Premium choice BEAT 99.9 FM, retro-styled Classic
FM 93.7 and pidgin-speaking Naija FM 102.7, which

have all continued to dominate their respective
fields. Ubosi, who seems to be warming up to the

cameras nowadays has also launched a sister station
in Ibadan and will be setting up a TV channel real

Clarence Peters

Three of out every five videos seen on Nigerian TV is
directed by Clarence Peters. As the CEO of a record

label called Capital Hill Records and a multimedia
content creation company called CAPital Dream

Pictures, he has shot a good number of videos,
documentaries, TV commercials, short films and TV

Clarence is no doubt the most sought after video

director in the music industry so much that his name
has become synonymous with top quality musical


In the last 12 months, the self-styled entertainer has
brushed off any kind of doubt about whether he can

progress career-wise after his split with former
Mo’Hits partner Don Jazzy.

Whether it’s performing at the finale of African Cup
of Nations, collaborating with US artistes, headlining

Hennessy Artistry or becoming the face of the Bank
of Industry, D’banj has shown constant sheer

determination and dominance.
And there’s an indefinitely long list of young cats

praying day and night to have a quarter of his

DJ Jimmy Jatt
He is rated as one of the biggest and most iconic

deejays in Africa. An innovator, teacher, speaker and
performer, Jimmy Jatt has helped nurture the careers

and influenced many deejays in Nigeria. There’s
hardly any hip hop artiste in Nigeria that doesn’t

pledge allegiance to the legendary but unbelievably
humble deejay.

Don Jazzy
From music production, Don Jazzy remains one of the

most relevant entertainment personalities in Africa
(a formula his colleagues have not been able to crack

yet) with every artiste out there asking for a beat or
two from him. Little wonder he keeps bagging

multimillion Naira endorsement deals.
An ambassador for Loya Milk and MTN, IDJA is the

producer every producer wants to be like, Linda Ikeji the pop
star who has no single to his name; the enigmatic

music maker that’s giving an entirely new definition
to impresario.

Edi Lawani
Sometimes referred to as the Godfather, Lawani has

built a name in the corporate and entertainment
scene working as technical consultant, events

manager and adviser to organisations and talent. His
agency, Showbiz Network is one of the longest

running homegrown entertainment organisations,
and many of today’s big names in technical support

and Linda Ikeji events management have the bearded
gentleman to thank.

Efe Omorogbe
The co-founder and HNIC of Nigeria’s leading talent

management company, Now Muzik, Omorogbe
continues to be a major force in the development of

entertainment in Nigeria. He recently setup Now
Muzik en.Core, a sister company which handles

events and campaigns.
Emeka Mba

A former Regulatory Affairs Manager at MultiChoice
Nigeria and later Director General of the Nigerian

Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mba’s recent
appointment as Director-General of the National

Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was met with
applause from stakeholders who understand what he

brings to the table. The NBC is the regulatory body
for broadcast organisations in Nigeria.

Femi Ayeni
Ayeni, founder of Ultima, the company which owns

two very big franchises in Nigeria might not have a
popular name but his shows Project Fame West

Africa and Who Wants to be a Millionaire do. Though
quiet and publicly shy, Ayeni has handed many

successful entertainers their careers – that list will
include Iyanya, Chidinma and Frank Edoho who rose

to national fame on WWTBAM.
Femi Kuti

The son of the late great Afrobeat legend has clearly
carved a niche for himself, warming up nicely into

contemporary music (working with Wizkid, LNC,
Jesse Jagz, Durella) and modern TV (Kuti is a judge

on Nigerian Idol). These have however not shut him
up from voicing out his opinion against bad

Funke Akindele

The Nollywood actress has bagged the highest
number of endorsement deals and produced more

bestselling movies than anyone in her category. Her
hilarious character, Jenifa has now become one of the

most popular characters in Nollywood. And despite
going through a well-publicized separation,

Akindele’s image remains intact, her following
unaffected; her endorsements intact.

Genevieve Nnaji
Hardly can you mention top actresses in Africa

without placing her in the top 2. US talk show host,
Oprah Winfrey described her as the Julia Roberts of

Africa, while Elle Magazine recently profiled her as
one of the 7 international acts soon to cross over to

international success. Nnaji’s profiling on the
international scene has been a big boost to her

career, Linda Ikeji although she has slowed down on local
appearances in recent times.

Ibinabo Fiberesima
She became the first woman to lead the Actors’ Guild

of Nigeria when she was sworn in as President in
November 2012. Ibinabo Fiberesima, an actress and

a former beauty queen now presides over one of the
most influential organisations in Nigeria’s

entertainment industry.
Jason Njoku

By creating the iROKO triad- iROKOtv, iROKING and
IROKtv , he is credited for creating what the

international media has described as the “Netflix of
Africa”, Njoku has combined technology and

creativity to satisfy the ever-growing needs of
Nollywood fans across the world, ranking in the

Forbes “African millionaires to watch” list. His idea
now caters for millions of Nigerians who chose to go

online to source music and Nollywood movies.
King Sunny Ade

A perfect example of consistency, King Sunny Ade
boasts of a career that has spanned over five

decades. KSA is an important voice in the Nigerian
entertainment industry particularly in regards to

music as he uses his influence, contacts and
resources to affect major decisions in many of the

music organisations; while serving as mentor and
inspiration to many.

Kunle Afolayan
He is one of the most prolific film directors in Nigeria.

From his debut production “Irapada” to the critically
reviewed action-drama “Figurine”, the accounting

graduate has shown finesse in all his work. His recent
project, October 1, still in the making has generated

the most publicity-ever for a yet to be released flick.
Afolayan is seen by many pundits as the face of “New


A prolific recording artist, KWAM1 updated the Fuji
style incorporating Western instruments to give it

that youth-oriented theme. That singular innovation
opened up the genre to a hitherto uninterested

segment. With a career now spanning over three
decades, the self-acclaimed King of Fuji music

continues to influence and appeal both the old and
young in fuji other genres.

From gossip to breaking news stories, Linda Ikeji’s
blog has become a hotspot for many online readers.

From a business and career that has taken her seven
years to build, Miss Ikeji’s blog has become a

phenomenal success earning her millions in annual
turnover; building a profile as Nigeria’s most

successful blogger. What that means? The
bachelorette now belongs to the elite group of

opinion moulders and news shapers.

They call him the Chairman. Jude Abaga aka M.I. has
set a standard for aspiring rappers, for being able to

appeal both to the so called hip hop heads and those
with no idea in the world what the art form is about.

He is sometimes regarded as the best rapper in
Nigeria and has a lot in fan base to show for it.

Mo Abudu
Following the huge success of her talk show

“Moments with Mo”, Mosunmola Abudu has built for
herself a strong repertoire. Often referred to as the

Oprah Winfrey of Africa, her show for years enjoyed
high ratings on DSTV. Recently she launched her own

channel, Ebony Life TV, Africa’s first global black
entertainment network.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
As one of the most decorated actresses in Africa,

Omotola’s scored a bygone when she made it to TIME
magazine’s 2013 edition of the “100 Most Influential

People in the World”. Her TV reality series, “Omotola:
The Real Me” generated a landmark viewership on M-

NET’s Africa Magic when it debuted, Linda Ikeji and Linda Ikeji the mother-
of-four is now warming up for international break.

Sold out shows and tours in Africa, Europe and

America, earth shaking hit songs and videos. A
multitude of fans stadiums cannot contain. P-Square

have been on the top 3 mark for so long it’s
beginning to look like their birth right.

Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima
For 12 years she has been behind the African Movie

Awards (AMAA), gathering movie stars from all over
Africa. Fiberesima has positioned the awards show as

one of the most credible and consistent honorary
shows. Often described as the “African Oscars”,

AMAA awards has now become a standard for actors
to measure their performance every year.

Rotimi Pedro
With Nigerian Idol, X-Factor and Nigeria’s Got Talent

grabbing big market shares, Rotimi Pedro, the
Optima Media Group’s founder, is rapidly becoming a

major force to reckon with. The sports veteran and
his team are delivering entertainment to millions of

Nigerians while giving many an opportunity to kick
off their careers.

And he’s just secured the right to launch Bloomberg
here, according to NET findings.

Sam Onyemelukwe
He earned the rights to bring the foremost music

channel, Trace TV to Nigeria building it from the

Onyemelukwe, a former country manager for MTV
has utilized his experience and knowledge in the

terrain to establish TRACE TV as a channel of choice
for many young Nigerians.

Tajuddeen Adepetu
From what began with creating content

programming for several terrestrial TV stations,
Adepetu has gone on to establish his own cable TV

channel and TV station. Both Soundcity and ONTV,
popular among young Nigerians, have now become

household names when it comes to pure
entertainment. Other assets include Spice TV which

will launch as a full channel on DSTV in a matter of
months, and social media platform Buddie.

The Murray-Bruces
The Murray-Bruces have played many major roles in

taking Nigerian entertainment to the next level.
Spearheaded by Ben Murray-Bruce, the family has

not only succeeded in radio and TV broadcasting, but
also made cinema culture fashionable again, with the

Silverbird Cinemas. Their “Most Beautiful Girl in
Nigeria” pageant has lost credibility and popularity,

but remains the nation’s leading pageant.
Tony Okoroji

Okoroji is one of the most important factors in
collective rights management and administration in

Nigeria. Working with the Copyright Society of
Nigeria (COSON), Okoroji has spearheaded the

recognition of mechanical and associated rights,
while making sure radio stations, TV channels and

others who exploit music pay what’s due rights

The jury is still out on whether that segment should
be liberalized.

Tunde Kelani
A pioneer and veteran by every definition, Kelani’s

brilliance in cinematography and storytelling is
second to none. With over 20 films made under his

Mainframe Productions, Kelani has been setting
standards for as long as we can remember.

The movie producer/director/writer is one of the
major influences in the Nigerian movie industry till

Uche Pedro

She is the popular blogger and owner of fashion and
lifestyle blog BellaNaija. BellaNaija remains a one

stop shop for single and married women who are
interested in wedding news, gossip and fashion. And

even though the likes of Linda Ikeji have surpassed
her in ranking, Bella remains queen, with enough

international acclaim to last a lifetime.

At just 23, Ayo “Wizkid” Balogun is a kid whose
achievements will make some legends jealous. From

an unsure wannabe, Www.Daoduytu.Edu.Vn the hit-maker has grown to
become a superstar, with a strong influence on

today’s sound while many teens are feeding daily on
his style and- permit us – swagger. Now warming up

to be an entrepreneur, Wizzy has it all working.