Radio and TV personality, Toke Makinwa, recently gave her opinion about Linda Ikeji, an ex-model and a popular blogger.
Makinwa says Linda Ikeji should not be taken as a role model.
Toke Makinwa who works as a radio presenter on popular urban radio station Rhythm 93.7 dropped her comments on air while she was co-anchoring ‘The Morning Drive’ recently.
‘I don’t think Linda Ikeji is a role model. She’s a gossiper, She sells gossip’, Makinwa said on the show
The Radio presenter also appealed to her listeners not to take the likes of Linda Ikeji and popular US blogger Perez Hilton and seriously.
‘I’m appealing to the younger generation not to take Perez Hilton or Linda Ikeji as a role model’, Makinwa said.
Ms. Ikeji, within a few years has moved from being media subject to media player; growing her platform to become one of Nigeria’s leading blogs; using mostly third party contents, reader engagement and shocking personal revelations.
The popular blogger is normally under regular fire from readers and celebrities who think she often crosses the line.
But the successful blogger is not all about gossip. Passionate about human interest stories, she has often dedicated her blog to supporting worthy causes, a recent example being the case of Okeoghene Ighiwotho – a diabetic patient who lost his toes and was bedridden for six years whose medical case has been taken up by the delta state government as a result of Ms. Ikeji’s blog.
This apparently does not impress Makinwa.
[UPDATE]: Linda Ikeji has reacted to Makinwa’s comment by giving a brief biography of herself on her blog, detailing how she struggled as a teenager to make ends meet.
“One of the things I said to myself back then was, the day I sell my body to a man for money, may God strike me dead.” She stated.
“Once in a while I think of that 19 year old girl who trekked for miles to school because she would not sell her body and I say to her, we made it, Linda, we made it!”
Ms. Ikeji concluded her reaction by saying that she may not be a role model in terms of what she does, but, as she puts it;
“I know I’m definitely a role model as a young woman.”