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Charles Novia critiques the LIB/Google saga + Linda Ikeji reacts too

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Linda, who unarguably is the number one entertainment and gossip blogger
in Nigeria, was dealt a major blow on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 when Google deleted her from their domain based on reports
of plagiarism. 

The issue was, however, later resolved after 24 hours.
And no sooner did this happen than she came online to reveal some things
about her ordeal. But in the said revelation, traces of a media stunt
between her and the whistle blower, Mr. Aye Dee, were noticed. 

Read Charles Novia’s critique of the whole saga below:

I repeat; this Linda Ikeji and Aye
Dee new twist is one big bullshit! This is not about bringing anyone down now,
as some usual suspects would allude stupidly. This is about being pragmatic and
investigative, using your brains for the purpose they are meant for.

I’m not in any way taken in by the story and though I had publicly sympathised
with Linda in other posts when her blog was facing copyright issues, this new
twist understandably brings certain aspects of her credibility to question and
scrutiny.

Now, get where I’m coming from in this theory as an analyst and critic. I’m not
a lawyer. The lawyers will have their own opinions. I am an authority in
matters of body language and media histrionics both visual and written. Part of
the job sniffs lies out or things which don’t just add up. And this story does
not add up.


This looks like a contrived episode of ‘Scandal’ or some Hollywood TV series. A
guy chats with you for years and is your pal whom you have never seen and after
a while disappears from the scene, then resurfaces as The Grudge Genie in your
life when you are down and says he was scorned by you, whose success he claims
he orchestrated and in a show of obtuse repentance and yet another
manipulation, he promises to put things back to normal. Season One.

Many things about this story demands microscopic analysis. First, there is
something fake about the chats both parties had which Linda reproduced on her
blog. Secondly, couldn’t this Aye Dee fella, smart as he makes himself to be,
have simply initiated the chat and when Linda replied at the initial stages
after introducing himself as the long lost mentor, asked for her number and
personally call her on the phone to have a private conversation with her? But
he went on chatting and ‘foolishly’ put himself at risk of a law suit. This is
not the mistake of a stalker or a smart techie. This is a deliberate ploy, if
you ask me.

The part where he says he will make her the richest woman in blogging or
something like that is what raises the red flag. That by itself seems like the
whole premise of this plan. Like ‘Let’s create a huge scandal which would drive
the mother of all traffic to your new blog and even your old blog. Let’s move
you up from number 10 on the rankings to Number 1′. This kind of tech deviant
could very well plan that kind of stuff. And he needed a Jay Z/Beyonce Elevator
reconstruction on a tech scale to perfect such plans.

And for those women going emotional over the aspects of the Stalking angles of
the story, perhaps that is just what was intended? Knowing that almost every
woman must have had issues with stalking one time or the other in their lives
and that is a convenient emotional subterfuge to draw the attention away from
the prodding questions everyone would normally ask.

There are a few other red flags in the whole story which I will leave out for
now. But it is instructive to know that my public scrutiny of this story is as
much a holding to account both Aye Dee and Linda as it is an airing of my
personal angst over a saga gone South.

Perhaps I have watched too many detective movies but if that be the case, thank
God I have then. It has helped in improving on my sense of investigation. And I
am very sure a couple of investigative journalists will sniff out the wobbly
aspects of this story till the end.

I stand by my suspicions. And not because I don’t like Linda, who’s someone I
respect for her achievements but because she is as much liable to be
scrutinised in this case as she does those she writes about on her blog in the
past.

The Goldfish has no hiding place.

Meanwhile, Linda Ikeji, has refuted claims of playing a media stunt
to hype her blog into the number one position in the whole of Africa.
In a
telephone chat with YES Magazine, she said “No, it was not a stunt. How can it be a stunt? Why would it
be a stunt when the deletion made me lose a lot of money? How would I
purposely take down my blog and lose money, all because of a media
stunt? It only taught me a serious lesson and I’m telling you this
because it is only your friends that will come after you, not
strangers”
.
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