As you probably know by now, Linda Ikeji got the police involved following the threats and insults Wizkid left on her Instagram page See here. Yesterday she took to her blog to tell us exactly why. She begun by stating that she infact likes Wizkid contrary to what he thinks so it's nothing personal. (Duh, of course it's personal), then followed it up by telling us why she brought charges against him.
While I fully support Linda reporting these threats to the police, I can't help but feel dubious about her motives; her sudden championing of the Women's rights/ Violence Against Women cause to be specific. I think her epistle would hold more water if she admitted that
-she was concerned for her safety,
-no one should have the freedom to publicly threaten violence against anyone,
-she did so to deter others from threading the same path or thinking its okay to do so (Incitement)
-Wizkid actually deserved to be brought to book for his careless utterances
etc etc etc
Anything! Just don't use the Violence Against Women campaign, it's reeks of falsehood and desperation. I've read LIB for years, that blog has the largest following in probably all of west Africa and not once have I heard her champion any anti-violence cause. Not once have I seen her use her large platform to say No To Violence Against Women or No To Domestic Violence. Stella Dimoko Korkus, yes. Linda Ikeji, no.
When Joro Olumofin and his brother verbally attacked Gbemi (in very similar words used against Linda, which she condemned in her write up) those posts were used to garner comments and traffic and not once did Linda raise her voice to fight for women or defend Gbemi. In fact she joked about it and said "these entertainers are making my job so easy this year". When she repeatedly puts up posts about abuse or domestic violence, it's usually from a reporting stance and not an opportunity to speak up against it. When she allows comments that tear down women, it's never a problem, right? When she puts up posts that bring down her fellow women (whether she's "just doing her job" or not), that's not bullying or anything bad because she's simply doing her job. When she puts up posts that tear down families or marriages, even when they're false and she's confronted with the truth, she doesn't listen or take them down, simply because it's her "job" and it don't matter who gets hurts. It's fine for you to be collateral damage as long as the traffic increases.
I do not know the facts but the way I see it, someone probably told Linda to get the police involved and then to garner support, use the anti-violence angle because once you do that, who can resist? And that was a very smart thing to do.
However, I feel insulted (yes I'm taking it personal) because I simply do not see Linda Ikeji as someone who cares much about "lending a strong voice to the plight of women in our continent". She just has never shown any interest in the cause! Yes, she empowers women to be self-made, but no, taking Wizkid to the police is NOT about Linda Ikeji speaking for other women. (And why does Linda always feel the need to follow her actions with some long ass explanation tho? I digress, sorry!)
Yes, Linda has taken the matter to the police which actually serves Wizkid right. But don't tell us it's nothing personal, don't tell us how you really love his music and have some of his songs on constant replay in the same breath you say to him "let me leave you before I finish your career" which in itself is also a threat. Don't tell us you're doing this for every woman and it's not personal when you attack his endorsements and incite his "endorsers" to withdraw their endorsements. Chris Brown, whom you cited, actually beat up and inflicted injuries on Rihanna thus losing his endorsements and being denied entry into a few countries. I doubt this would be the case if he simply went online to say he'll get his 16 year old cousin to beat her up. All that would happen is that a public apology would be demanded. So please, stop telling us it's not personal and using the Anti-Violence campaign card when it's obviously very personal. You actually said the second reason for going to the police is Incitement. As in, people who have a large following can influence others to think or act a certain way. Well Linda, are you aware that that's the exact same thing you're doing by bringing Chris Brown into the matter, suggesting his endorsements be taken away, or that countries (the public) treat him like a pariah?
It's also getting old the way you always pull out the victim card when sh*t gets real. Then you're suddenly quick to tell, retell and re-retell your grass to grace story and/or how you're doling out cash to strangers. No, that doesn't make you a good person, it simply makes you look like you're trying to assuage consciences, especially yours, with cash. That reminder in your epistle that you dashed a women 500k for carrying cement was totally uncalled for, irrelevant to the post at hand, and yet another evidence that you wrongly think you can blind people with money; "I can’t count how many times Wizkid called me a hoe in his rant against me. That’s what boys do. When they get into a fight with a woman, they try to slut-shame her. Smelly p*, hoe, ashawo etc. You call a woman, who gave another young woman, whose real name she doesn’t even know N500,000 just because she said she would rather work by carrying cement than prostitute herself (yes, Blessing Nicholas got N500k from me), that’s the person you call a hoe? When your mind is so warped you can’t differentiate between a woman and a hoe, then this is what happens". Ok Linda...
In any case, whatever Linda's motives are I sincerely applaud her for taking the case to the police. Nobody should threaten violence against another, male or female. It's really wise to put a clamp on things before they get out of hand, and some men actually need to learn how to act, the violence and abuse (physical and verbal) against women should be checked. Likewise, people who also feel defamed by Linda Ikeji or any other gossip blogger should sue for defamation if it's that serious.
Anyways, that's my 2cents. I've been so inundated and I'm only just hearing about this hoopla this morning, and the whole "We women have to come together to lend a strong voice to the plight of women in our continent. 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. If we continue to keep quiet, the circle of abuse will continue. And one day, You, yes You, will find yourself in the receiving end of a thundering slap, followed by heavy blows. If not you, then maybe your daughter? Let’s condemn violence and threat of violence against women! This is not acceptable!" just left a funny taste in my mouth.
Some of us are not stupid, madam. It's obviously personal, and you're not fighting for women; your words and actions suggest that you're simply trying to f*ck Wizkid up (as young people used to say back then). And that's fine, just own it and don't lie about it!
These are my thoughts. What are yours?