Linda Ikeji’s budding empire, Obanikoro and the millions of naira | Our winners and losers this week

With the series of arrests, rearrests and releases (on bail) of former statesmen in the country, the $29.9billion loan request by the Federal Government and its rejection (or not) by the Senate, President Buhari’s latest set of comments and many more, we cannot assure you of so many victories from Nigeria’s political sphere, find out where most of the week’s winners and losers came from.


All hail Linda “Zuckerberg” Ikeji

A merger of Linda Ikeji Blog and the concept of Facebook is what gave birth to Linda Ikeji Social (LIS) and we have predicted that Linda Ikeji might be well on her way to building a media empire that will bring Africa to a standstill. However, if LIS turns out a failure (which we insist is very unlikely), Linda Ikeji has won still and that’s why she tops our list. For the courage to attempt something novel in a market where you’re unsure of acceptance, we hail Linda. This plus the online TV and radio and Linda Ikeji Studios, we will just refrain from mentioning the names of Nigerian media moguls who should start getting worried.

Tentative victory for Toke

Just because we cannot say for sure what she’s up to with the “On Becoming” project, we decided to squeeze Toke Makinwa into this list.

On her 32nd birthday this week, the OAP unveiled a 3-minute trailer for the project and we absolutely loved every detail in that clip. It was shot by Kemi Adetiba so it’s not surprising that it was excellently put together.

We cannot wait for the complete revelation of what Toke is becoming.



The money transfer guru

Former Minister of State for Defence and Lagos state governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro has so far humbled himself with the EFCC since his arrival from the United States and the money laundering confessions he’s made.

According to reports that surfaced on news sites during the week, Obanikoro returned a sum of N100million to the EFCC, though the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had demanded N600million. He subsequently promised to return a total of N485million to the agency within a given time frame. Obanikoro also gave up his American and Nigerian passports and the bulletproof vehicles he purchased while he was acting out his position as “Defence minister”.

So we wonder what’s left of a man after all this is taken from him. Loser much!

Happy loser

The MMMG boss lost an important artiste on the label to Mavin records this week. Though he claims to be happy for Iyanya, we hope his “happiness” can sustain him through his most recent trials.

Unconfirmed reports have it that his marriage to actress, Lilian Esoro has crashed just after one year. We also hear she unfollowed him on Instagram… how do people know these things?

We’ll know for sure if Ubi really deserves this spot on the losers list once the rumours are confirmed.

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