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“Dear women, you are powerful beyond measure” – Watch Linda Ikeji’s Inspiring New Year Message




Linda Ikeji is out with a very inspiring New Year’s message for young women. She says “Said from the bottom of my heart. I hope this makes a difference in someone’s life. Dear woman, you’re powerful beyond measure!”.

Watch below.


  1. ToBeReal

    January 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Not being negative but these messages always have me confused….neither here nor there.
    Unfortunately never gets to the young women in the very deprived parts of the country with no access to social media..can’t even afford to have 3 square meals talk less of buying data…
    The young women that would normally see this are already empowered and see folks like Oprah..Michelle Obama as Strong Role models to emulate…
    If people really want to help you have to carry the message right into those neighborhoods that’s how it’s done and more practical..

    • Baby gurl

      January 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Food for thought ?

    • Fleur

      January 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      I respectfully disagree with the part that the people who have seen the Linda video are already empowered. Many people (ladies and gents) with data only have data because of what Linda is talking about.

    • jumoke ibrahim

      January 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

      I disagree with you. There are so many girls in their 10s and 20s that need messages like this. I have a 10 year old daughter and I made her sit with me to listen to this message from Linda. Messages like this help our teenagers and ladies in their 20s. The fact that you fully understand this message does not mean other people are not motivated by it. Please let’s all be open minded. This message from Linda Ikeji will help so many young girls retrace their steps and give our younger girls something to hang on to if they ever find themselves in the situation. We need more of this in our society. Thank you Linda. You are building a legacy because I know 20-30 years from now, these videos will still air.

    • Ethio

      January 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      I love you

  2. bee

    January 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    We’ve heard all dis before naw, abi?……deep though!!!

  3. On Becoming

    January 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Linda Ikeji, pls, stick to your blog. No add inspirational speech on top the matter.

  4. Bubu

    January 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    @TobeReal that is an assumption, u totally conclude everyone on social media has access to the right information Noooo. The average young person both male and female come online to be entertained and make silly comments, a lot of them don’t even know the value the Internet itself can add to their lives, it becomes very necessary to speak to the minds of these youths that have such access so we have more people that can think and create something positive to impact those that have no access to these kind of information. And I sincerely hope that most bloggers Bellanaija inclusive will also pay more attention to giving informatoon that can help people think and decide to do more not just entertainment, gossip, drama and fashion. #Foodforthought #2017 the year to do more!

    • Nahum

      January 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I think BN tries to strike a balance between gossip and valuable information but as we all know, gossip wins. Like the article on the UN Security vote on Israel, few clicks, Toke’s article on her book, hundreds. The information is out there, people have to want to access it. I agree with Tobereal, the girls that are truly in need of empowerment, don’t have access to data. The childish ones that come here and make silly comments, choose to ignore the valuable information, therefore choosing to remain disenfranchised.

  5. M

    January 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    “on became”

  6. Patrick

    January 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Confused . Not hating on.her success but this women empowerment is getting old. We have always had intelligent, successful, well educated women in our society. In my immediate family I havery 2. My mother went to 2 university’s in the fifties and early sixties and sister achieved great heights in medicine. The notion that men are favored more than women can’t be overlooked for sure but women have always been in the mix. In these times and in the past women have been economic forces just as their male counterparts, in the rural communities they farm like men do and trade too. Ever since the Beijing conference spear headed by a feminist agenda we have seen an increase in women around the liberated yes but our values especially families suffer. From the biblical days women have always played prominent roles. Linda should be an advocate against prostitution or exploitation and not spread this confused and toxic message just like Oprah has done. Opening school for only girls, and all that blah blah. Africa had a female leader, the US couldnt elect one, world’s richest woman is a nigerian, the biggest blogger in the Africa is woman and even this platform I am on is owned by a woman.
    In life nothing comes easy, we all have to strive for success. Women who are selling their bodies are also striving, though morally wrong. No judgement here, just a refined and clear message is needed to be passed along to our daughters and sons also, not by a subtle brag about possession and materialism which seems to be our society’s biggest problem but a honest desire to affect our people our future.
    My 2 cents!

    • Anony

      January 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      You may not like the messenger but her message is powerful, that is her message and she has those she is supposed to reach. U will not deny the fact that there is an increase in the Runs girls business, You will be surprised that even women that work still do it. If someone can share her story to help even if its one person then I think its worth it. U talk about materialism why are people working morning and night is it not to buy the good things of life, to help others if u don’t hav money can u help others, can u employ people! Noo, soo if these girls are going after men to give them the basic things of life it will be nice for someone to let them know they can as well be the one buying such things for others. Soo Linda has a message she may not be a perfect person as so many people will say but she has a good message. And I think she should spread it. The Matharoo Sisters can start from watching this video. We need a man that can champion the course for men too, yahoo boys and the likes! Mark Zukerberg does not have 2 heads!

    • Ejiro

      January 3, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Then why are there some girls out there that still do runs?

  7. Pelumi

    January 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Angel Linda who worked so hard copy cutting and pasting from foreign blogs 24/7 and cyber bullying folks early on when she started. Oh what a great role model

    Blogger with two heads and the hardest working in the whole wide world

    Worked Hard Worked Hard Yes Linda it must be a lot of hard work copying cutting and pasting

    Clap clap clap

    • nene

      January 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm


    • ybbil

      January 2, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Shut up, you are just a bitter soul. Go drink haterade somewhere else, it’s too early in the year for your bullying rubbish.

    • Justreplying

      January 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      In Korede Bello’s voice if she copied and paste, then copy and paste your own lol

    • John Doe

      January 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      E.g mirror site ???

    • John Doe

      January 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm


  8. TobeReal

    January 2, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    For the girls with access to data…even been through University and can clearly see successful women…surely something else is at work,,,in the 9ja context probably…GREED!!
    Like the gospel they just refused to acknowledge the light…

  9. Wunmi

    January 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Ohhhh Linda wetin nah??You need to stop please.It seems you are feeling yourself too much.

    • the real ibinabo

      January 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      And if she is feeling herself, how is that a bad thing? Ride on Linda, you are an inspiration. @Pelumi, if you think “cutting and pasting” is an easy job please go and do it and see if you will be as successful. I personally know bloggers that do basically the same thing as Linda (cut and paste)but they can’t even boast of a car or any reasonable proceeds from blogging. Linda must be doing something right.

  10. Popoola Adebimpe

    January 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Linda needs to chill already. She is beginning to sound like a broken record. There are a one and million ways to make money these days aside from sleeping with men. How about you incorporate that into your talk and leave the sleeping with men talk alone… why start with how much money you have spent or you have? Girl relax!!!!

    • Ekene

      January 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      You’re the broken record here .

    • Chikitobae

      January 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Abi? At least someone is thinking like me. She obviously slept with a lot of men but not for money…

  11. Fleur

    January 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I am a bit surprised at the notes here on Bella. I am not an all season Linda fan. However, this message is timely and powerful. You know we do not collect meaningful data in Nigeria and so we do not know what is really going on in the population. Prostitution is now the norm and it is wreaking havoc on our young people. All these early deaths that we hear of, the HIV numbers that don’t match the death rates we see in the villages, the people with herpes and drug resistant STDs, the soaring infertility rate from destroyed fallopian tubes due to chlamydia infections, and the list goes on. We can all scream foul and raise our hands in disagreement. But, look around you. Really look around you. People have been reduced to commodities. Both males and females. It is very dangerous. When you have life experiences that turn your body into priced butcher blocks of meat, how could you have great value for yourself or others? How can you not expect a “pay to breathe” system to be the norm? If you had to sleep with one diseased man or woman per semester to pay your school fees and you graduate and now have a job and people are asking you to be interviewed for that job, will you think they should get it just because they are smart and qualified? You are more likely to become a predator because in your time of innocence, someone converted you to prey. The predatory antics we are witnessing in our society stems from people having to embrace this sort of abuse in order to just breathe. Linda has a VERY STRONG POINT. You dont need to become a deposit for diseases and soul destroying experiences if you want to get ahead. You have to continue to innovate and never give up. You have to try many things to succeed. You have to struggle to overcome. You have to work to earn and your success is measurable by your failures. The larger your conquests, the harder you would have tried. People need to know that vagina or anal meetings are not the way to overcome struggle. Nigeria is a VERY VERY VERY OBSCENELY HARD PLACE TO THRIVE. We need to provide young people the outlet to thrive. I dont want to sound as if we have lazy youth and that is the root cause. the economic situation is VERY TERRIBLE. However, if there is no supply of body parts, the demand will change.

  12. Bubu

    January 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    U have sense!! I think the old BN commenters are coming back, pls u all shld come back let’s make this comment section great again with intelligent, non biased and deep contributions. Not this one way traffic kind of comments i see here nowadays, once its a particular name or topic, then people don’t want to see any good just start making negative comments. Please we need very sensible comments here again. We are here to learn as well as have fun.

    • Bubu

      January 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm


  13. CovertNigerian

    January 2, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    It’s never wise to point to a few exceptions to justify a position while ignoring the preponderance of evidence to the contrary. Pointing out a few successful women who are apparently not treated any differently but are by no means representative of the majority of women is meaningless. Too many women are denied equal access to opportunities simply because they are women. While life is far from rosy for many men, there aren’t many examples of obstacles that men face because they are men. To suggest otherwise is dishonest. If your values are threatened by empowered women, it might be time to re-assess your values. We need to stop hiding behind tradition and misinterpretations of religious text in vain attempts to hide our bigotry and maintain the status quo.

    If a few badly behaved women, who supposedly abuse the benefits of empowerment, were a reason to subjugate all women, then there are probably more than a few reasons out there for the mass castration of men.

  14. Andrew

    January 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Why is Linda Ikeji so obssessed with telling the whole world that she has never slept with any man for money. It now seems like that was what she was into before the money came. Just sounds dodgy to me

    • CovertNigerian

      January 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Is it a lack of imagination, ignorance or simple bad belle that prevents you from seeing the value of repetition in getting a message across? Why don’t you also complain that MTN is obsessed with telling the world that they offer telephony services through all the multiple adverts?
      When you have something worth saying about something you care about you keep saying it in the hope that people who missed it the first hundred times might see it the hundred and first time and so on. Some people may even benefit from getting the same message multiple times so why not repeat it for them?
      I don’t understand this obsession with searching for ulterior motives. Even if Linda slept with someone at some point, lying about it now to dissuade others from that path may be an acceptable lie. There’s absolutely no reason to doubt what she’s said but if you have evidence to the contrary, go and start your own blog and publish it. MSCHEWWWW

    • dd

      January 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Don’t mind the man, he is an ignoramus.
      it must be bad belle also!

    • CovertNigerian

      January 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Is it a lack of imagination, ignorance or simple bad belle that prevents you from seeing the value of repetition in getting a message across? Why don’t you also complain that MTN is obsessed with telling the world that they offer telephony services through all the multiple adverts?
      When you have something worth saying about something you care about you keep saying it in the hope that people who missed it the first hundred times might see it the hundred and first time and so on. Some people may even benefit from getting the same message multiple times so why not repeat it for them?
      I don’t understand this obsession with searching for ulterior motives. Even if Linda slept with someone at some point, lying about it now to dissuade others from that path may be an acceptable lie. There’s absolutely no reason to doubt what she’s said but if you have evidence to the contrary, go and start your own blog and publish it.

  15. Tessa Doghor

    January 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Good one, Linda
    Kudos for giving back.

    I would not mind helping in a women empowerment training for the women you want to empower, my own way of giving back
    I can train them four times in a year for free. A class of 30 – 50 people will be ideal.

    Cheers. Keep keeping on jare. You are a shining light in Nigeria and beyond and you have just started.

  16. Andrew

    January 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    @covertnigerian or whatever you call yourself. Do you know of any other successful woman that at any given opportunity starts singing ive never slept with any man for money. You dont have to reply me if you dont have anything sensible to say

    • CovertNigerian

      January 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      And what does my not knowing any other such woman prove? Linda has made this her issue. It is the issue that she will be an activist for and so she keeps talking about it. Many of us have never said anything publicly about human rights abuses yet some people are constantly fighting for those rights to be respected. Does it mean that because they are now considered to be human rights activists they must have been human rights abusers in the past? Can’t it be that they simply care about those issues or have seen what happens when people’s rights are disrespected?

      If this analogy is a bit much for you, I’m happy to dumb it down further. Just let me know.

  17. Andrew

    January 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Nigerians and poverty mentality once a rich person is criticised, the next thing that comes out of their mouth is bad belle.. Im not poor my people.I live a very good life and have no reason to hate on Linda. I just voiced my observation. Im sure its people like you hustling for peanuts she gives out on her blog. Unfortunately im not on dat level and I know more successful people than linda ikeji

    • dd

      January 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      please stop talking, you sound soooo stupid.

    • CovertNigerian

      January 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Everyone is welcome to have an opinion and should be free to express it. However once you publish it publicly, you have presented it for scrutiny. If a freely held and published opinion is stupid, then it deserves to be criticized.
      I prefer it when disagreements are kept above the level of petty insults that avoid the meat of the discussion, but the egregiousness of comment has motivated me to devote a few minutes of my day to school you and the people ‘loving’ your comment.
      The comfort level you boast of is not a measure of immunity from ignorance so by all means let’s have a discussion here if you’re confident that you can present a logical counter to anything I have to say.

  18. Make I talk

    January 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I have never been a fan of Linda but to be honest I am growing to admire her. Let’s admit it, we have a big problem in Nigeria with the whole sex for money thing and on both sides, girls and the men. It’s destroying homes! And how can we grow as a nation when we don’t even have moral values anymore? Linda is advocating for things that will help future young girls if we have missed out on this change of mentality that must come someday! Who cares even if she is lying? Why isn’t anyone holding on to the main message and issue at hand? When we get married, for those who aren’t, would you be satisfied knowing your husband is out with other “kids” and sharing out your destiny? Or won’t you be worried of your daughters selling their bodies for the next iPhone 24? Again, I’m not a linda fan, I’m not even in Nigeria, but I’m Nigerian and proud of the message she is passing along!

  19. miss r

    January 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    powerful and inspiring message. a great way to start the new year. like you Linda, i too have been down, tried many businesses and failed woefully at it. i have thought about the easy option: find a sugar daddy. however something tells me i’m way too loaded to be ‘that girl’ so il strive on, and who knows ? maybe 5 years from now, like you, i too will be churning out motivational videos. ride on linda. you rock!

  20. Chikitobae

    January 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    My only problem with Linda is that she keeps selling herself out. Billionaires don’t talk. People speak 4 them. It’s just obvious that she wants some sort of popularity right from the start. Can she just be quiet and let the media that created her publicise her too. She’s said enough already. Waiting to see her on Times Square…lol

  21. Sul

    January 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Im an avid reader of Linda’s blog and i like dat she feels d need to inspire n motivate her fellow women. I jst have an issue wit d kind of comments she approves on her blog, they are ridiculous and inhumane yet she approves dem..dts why sometimes wen she tries to b all motivational i cnt take her seriously bcz i see a contradiction in character, cz its like u letting all diz inappropriate things fly on ur blog bt ure preaching against inappropriate things.

  22. Chi

    January 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    She needs to stop promoting pornographic pictures and LGBT agenda on her blog

  23. tiny

    January 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Linda sell ur 17m car and feed hungry girls, open an academy for young girls and provide needs like sanitory towels and stuff, if blogging is so lucrative, train these same girls and give them financial independence, provides meals and snacks also, since u have investments for a life time, invest in someone.

  24. NoHateJustFacts

    January 2, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you @chi her Blog has a lot of sexual content…she has her own agenda…
    You tell me if her Blog is not corruptible and overtly sexualised?
    @Nahum…that’s right…Bella maybe before was all about girlie stuff but now covers all areas but would they read it??
    And please not everything is hate….when so called money people are pulled up..or contradicted as someone mentioned.
    A bit of objectivity goes a long way…

  25. 3ples

    January 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    That you don’t know who she slept with or the fact that she keeps repeating that she didn’t sleep with anyone doesn’t actually mean she didn’t sleep with anyone for money… we know who ‘they’ are

  26. Patricia paul

    January 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks Linda,you really inspired me.

  27. Pastor pat Ebitu-Ukiwe.

    January 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    `People should leave Linda Ikeji alone . let her share her life story. I was inspired. But i also agree with whaat somebody said , let her créate an academy for girls with her plenty money and also empower them. That will be her way of giving back to society.

  28. Ada Lewis

    January 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Ada Lewis loves Linda Ikeji.

    Bless you for this Sis.

    You are living your purpose.

    From Glory to Gory, will forever be your portion !

  29. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    January 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I understand Linda Ikeji is self – made

    and she says, “she never slept with a man for money.” Which is admirable

    My question is: Linda Ikeji has never had a boyfriend? With Nigerian single man as a boyfriend, he will always give you money, whether he sleeps with you his girlfriend or not, whether you ask him for money or not, as long as you are his girlfriend

    To tell young women, “I never slept a man for money,” could be confusing

    Because some of them in Nigeria just have boyfriends that they are committed to each other in the relationship No cheating it is possible

    Linda Ikeji, could start economic classes for young women in Nigeria to advise them on how to invest their money received from their boyfriends

    If you become angry because of my statements and comments, well, too bad 🙂

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