A few weeks ago, there was uproar on social media when ‘star’ Nigerian artiste Wizkid went on a violent verbal attack on renowned blogger, Linda Ikeji. My goodness, it was brutal but I wasn’t shocked because Wizkid has proven himself time again to be someone who looks down on women and has no regard for…
A few weeks ago, there was uproar on social media when ‘star’ Nigerian artiste Wizkid went on a violent verbal attack on renowned blogger, Linda Ikeji. My goodness, it was brutal but I wasn’t shocked because Wizkid has proven himself time again to be someone who looks down on women and has no regard for them either and truthfully, I can’t stand him. He did what a typical ‘kid’ would do, bash her physical appearance and diss her for not being married. He even went as far as mentioning her genitals and threatening violence. Despicable but not at all shocking because as far as I am concerned, he is exactly the kind of person to do just that.
In an update to the messy quarrel, Linda put up a lengthy post on her blog where she explained why she reported Wizkid to the Police – let me be clear, THE NIGERIAN POLICE.
I’m going to highlight a few talking points from her essay, add some commentary and hopefully this can guide our discussing.
“I’ve read a lot online from people saying I don’t like Wizkid. Even Wizkid .Why he or anyone would think so is puzzling to me to be honest” I’m struggling to understand the relevance of this statement. What does liking him have to do with anything? She has put out horrific stories of other celebrities in the past and will still do so in the months to come, her like/dislike for them is irrelevant. As far as she is concerned, she needs to get these jaw dropping stories out so that she can make her money. As she called it, it’s doing her job. Right?
She mentioned that any other blogger who knew about the ‘hot gist’ of Wizkid being served a quit notice from his home would have put up the story – of course they would have. Why did he react to this? Probably because Linda has a reputation for shaming celebrities and has cashed off it but it’s still her job. Right?
I am against violence of any kind okay, Wizkid was VERY WRONG to have threatened her but also, knowing Linda I can bet that she has been threatened several times before this.
“You see, violence against women and threat of violence against women is not okay” Being what I believe to be a decent human being, I definitely agree that any form of violence is not okay, regardless of the gender but if you believe for one second that Linda reported Wizkid to the police because of violence against women, I think you need to rethink. Violence against women is a major problem in Nigeria but using her narrative to preach this? Doesn’t add up for me.
When Linda Ikeji said “I’m doing this to set an example for women who fkkajdhdjdjdd” pic.twitter.com/ToLKsnCQTe
— Dirty Diego (@Monsiuer_T) April 17, 2016
If you think Linda is fighting for women’s rights and not her own pocket, you’re a moron
— Naya. (@CaptNaya) April 17, 2016
“Threatening harm to someone in a public space is a criminal act …I bet some of you didn’t know that, yeah? You can not publicly threaten someone with harm. You will only get away with it if your victim doesn’t report to the authorities. If they do, you will have a case with the police and I promise you, the police take these things seriously.” We are talking laws now, shall we recant how many lawsuits have been filed against Linda for libel and defamation of character?
And defamation of character is not to be taken lightly. And any other letter of the law she violates
— Heaven’s Girl (@CheRox) April 17, 2016
I am 100% with her for reporting the issue but I was really lost on the part where she explained that the police take stuff like threatening a victim with violence seriously, maybe not the Nigerian Police though, because the Nigerian police doesn’t even take rape seriously not to mention ‘threatened violence’.
“This is not a laughing matter. It doesn’t matter whether you like me or not! This is not about Linda Ikeji. This is about abuse of women which has eaten deep into our society …..I refuse to be victimized.” I think this is entirely about Linda as opposed to what she has to say. His threatening to harm you is a big deal, I agree, I would never take it lightly if something like that happened to me but as much as I dislike Wizkid I think they were empty threats (I could be wrong). The fact that he has hurled threats on social media about sending his teenage cousin to beat you up means that if this case ever went to court, he has implicated himself. If anyone did ever beat up Linda, Wizkid will be the number one suspect because of his attack and this will ruin his brand. Considering that all Wizkid does is sing about his money, I’m pretty sure he won’t mess up by actually physically harming Linda because I can bet you, he doesn’t want to go back to Ojuelegba, he does not want to lose the lucrative endorsement deals that put millions in his pocket – which by the way, some already believe he should have lost after his attack on Linda.
“When we see a woman being physically and mentally abused, let’s act. Let’s speak up. Let’s not laugh and say she deserves it” Linda feels physically and mentally abused? I would to but I wonder how she thinks those people who she airs their dirty laundry and claim it’s her doing her job feel? The false stories she has published without rendering apologies, does she care how they feel?
Who remembers this? Did she ever apologize? Even considering CHILDREN were involved and could be hurt by false gist? pic.twitter.com/4IWhld2Rdh
— Official Toni Payne (@tonipayne) April 17, 2016
Online threats ain’t taken lightly in other countries, honey same as intellectual theft. SAME AS INTELLECTUAL THEFT!
— Mr Dalloway (@ShutUpKecy) April 17, 2016
“Young men like Wizkid, a father of two young boys himself, should never advocate violence against women. One day, he will have a daughter” Did anyone else catch the shade in this sentence?
Linda seems awfully bothered by being called a hoe? As far as I’m concerned, she is way too grown to defend where her p*ssy has been. She owes no one any explanation really. She went on to say “Except you drive to Sanusi Fanfuwa at 2am to pick up a prostitute, who proudly describes herself as one, then you shouldn’t call any woman a hoe” being a sympathiser for sex workers, I find this very insulting. Some of them are doing what they need to survive without hurting anyone, just like you said about your job which involves putting out hurtful stories from time to time so darling, don’t knock the hustle of sex workers.
Linda’s post goes on and on but I don’t want to dissect all she wrote. She went on to make references to the late American rapper 2pac, encourage women to report threatened violence, emphasized on the fact that in a civilized country Wizkid would have been stripped of all his endorsements and ended the post by wishing Wizkid the best and adding God references (as a typical Nigerian would).
If Linda Ikeji wants to report Wizkid. Kudos to her. He overstepped the boundary threatening physical abuse.
But this Tupac analogy ????????????
— ……… (@XCX_17) April 17, 2016
Let men not leave out where she casually threw this into her story “You call a woman, who gave another young woman, whose real name she doesn’t even know N500,000”. This sounds self righteous to me? She ended her post with “Oh and by the way, I’m starting my vlog series soon. #excited!” Perfect, a plug right at the end. Just perfect!
Love how linda remembered to insert that she gave someone 500k inside that funny epistle????
— Dirty Diego (@Monsiuer_T) April 17, 2016
The truth is if it were a different woman, I probably would have taken her side all through because like I have said over and over again, she has very strong grounds to make a lot of noise about Wizkid’s attack but not in this instance. She doesn’t deserve violence, she absolutely doesn’t. Wizkid was WAY OUT OF LINE and deserves some sort of punishment but Linda also needs to do better. Perhaps it’s time for her to really consider introducing the much talked about structure to her business. maybe get in some writers so people do not associate her too much with the posts on her blog?
She is a classic case of dishing but not being able to take, remember how she had that meltdown over the authenticity of her Hermes Birkin bags, maybe then she felt an iota of what victims of her stories feel, after all she is just doing her ‘job’ as she said.
For somebody that likes humiliating other people.
Linda ikeji hates public humiliation.
— Puff Daddy (@BadmanSophss) April 17, 2016
My advise to women and even men is don’t build ur wealth at the expense of other people’s lives and expect 0 reactions or criticisms.
— Official Toni Payne (@tonipayne) April 17, 2016
Both parties in this messy story are messy. End of.
— SNAPCHAT: AVARIBERRY (@AVARIBERRY) April 17, 2016
Hi my name is S and I stand against violence and women bashing. I also stand against any enterprise that feeds off putting out hurtful stories for financial gain. Also, I believe I am not alone when I say as a Nigerian, it’s quite difficult to feel sympathy for Linda Ikeji because of the reputation she has built for herself. Please share your thoughts in the comment section.