Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji recently snitched on her friend, another seasoned blogger, Japhet Omojuwa by posting his secret on her platform for the reading pleasure of her million followers.
As expected, Japhet Omojuwa, a social media expert, public speaker, and King of Twitter, took to Twitter to call Linda a snitch and a snake.
In a series of Tweets, Japhet shared his concerns and how a personal story he told his supposed friend, and co-blogger, turned into a traffic-generating article.
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From the tone of his texts, Japhet Omojuwa is deeply hurt because the story Linda published was about his broken engagement, and what hurts him the most is that he sternly asked Linda not to make an article off his story.
That must have been after he realized he had poured out his heart to the wrong friend. According to Japhet, some of his other colleagues knew about his story but didn’t bother making a story out of it, the only one who did was the one he warned against doing so – Linda Ikeji.
He called himself stupid for sharing with her, calling out his followers to learn from his mistake.
“Just about 2 weeks ago, I was even defending her sister when they went at her saying her marriage came too soon after her proposal,” he said. “Out of respect for my friend and now ex fiancée, I never shared the story of what happened between us publicly.
“Out of all I shared the story with, @lindaikeji was only 1 I realized I had to inform not to publish it without assuming she wouldn’t. I told them all exactly what happened. Then in @lindaikeji ‘s case made sure to tell her not to publish. Via an email.
“I didn’t want the story out because it would embarrass my ex fiancée’s mum. Even if we weren’t friends today, I still wouldn’t want it out.
“I have seen @lindaikeji use the cover of Ben Bruce to share me on her blog. I never took it personal. I considered she was doing her job. I have seen her take sides with Reno Wendell Simlin Omokri. I didn’t bother. Whatever she had going on with Reno wasn’t my business.
“When she was accused of getting N240m from PDP/Jonathan during the election, I actually called friends in the villa at the time… My friends told me as far as they knew, she didn’t get any money. I didn’t discuss anything with her. I simply posted tweets defending her.
“Now, all of these are because I am loyal at times to the point of stupidity. On that day, I was swimming against social media tide… But you see, when it is on a matter concerning people I care about, I don’t mind swimming against any tide, social media or not.
“So, to see @lindaikeji hide under the cover of a twitter nonentity to shade me on her blog over a story I personally told her? Tragic! So yeah, learn from my temporary stupidity to trust someone like @lindaikeji. Never trust a snake and they aren’t hard to know. Learn from me!
“When someone’s trusted you with the truth, you don’t go ahead to post lies about same on your blog. That makes you a dangerous snake. I have been engaged once. It failed. Marriages fail so I don’t even get how my one engagement should be an issue. Okay, because it is me.
“And I can withstand the bullets and darts of those publicly committed to attacking me. I have thrived with that in some 8 years here. I can’t trust someone enough with my personal story and then see the person shoot a spear at me with the same story. That draws a line.
“Against my intuition at the time, I trusted this one @lindaikeji and then told my intuition ‘I told her not to publish so we are fine. My intuition was right as usual. I was stupid, unusual. Sad but useful lesson!
“There was nothing in my engagement breaking up that embarrasses me. My decision to keep it private was informed by two things. My ex fiancée was a friend and remains a friend. We have met, had lunch, gisted in the last 3 months.
“I don’t betray my friends. I also felt I’d be very unkind to her and her mum by letting my “public figure” persona come back to haunt them. The circumstances of my engagement breaking up hurt both of us. We were in love from the beginning to the end… We never fought, there was no argument. No one was caught cheating…
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“I am neither sad, shocked or angry. I am just happy to know that yet again, I was wrong, my intuition was right. I will trust better. Money is good, I actually have some myself, but I know when push comes to shove, money is overrated! Don’t be snakes to those who trust you!”
They say a problem shared is a problem half-solved, but Linda Ikeji has proven to her many readers that a problem shared to one, is a problem shared to all.
This is an eye opener to people who have bloggers, Radio presenters, TV broadcasters, publicists, journalists et. al. as close friends. Even non-media friends tend to spread news faster than BBC, so be warned!