Top Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji, has come under fire for sharing a gay man’s posts on her blog.
The drama started when a Nigerian Poet, Romeo Oriogun opened up about being gay, his battle with Depression and the time he attempted to take his life.
Ogun, who is a Road Safety officer, won the 2017 Brunei International African Poetry Prize for his acclaimed work on masculinity and desire as it affects the endangered LGBT community in Nigeria.
He took to his Facebook page on Thursday to describe the moment he overdosed on Aspirin as he battled with depression, a post that was quickly shared in LIB, in addition to his personal details.
While Ogun’s post is there in the public domain, many Nigerians have expressed disgust at the blogger for sharing it on her widely-read platform.
Some are of the view that it wasn’t her place to sensationalise the issue, while others fear she has further endangered the poet in light of the dangers faced by the LGBTQ community in Nigeria.
Check out some of the reactions to her post on social media…
This is vintage Linda Ikeji..
This is what she's been living on and feeding off.
— Tee D̶̲̥̅̊ot (@SMARTMRTEE) July 13, 2018
I hate Linda Ikeji for what she has done.
And if ANYTHING happens to that young man, his blood will be on her head and she will suffer.
— fiyinskosko (@fiyinskosko) July 13, 2018
Linda Ikeji is trash, been trash, but I swear Romeo was outed some time last year
— kiitan ??? (@Kiitannextdoor) July 13, 2018
There's a reason Twitter didn't verify linda ikeji even with 1.9million followers…..??
She's still a riverside gossip..??
— The Kingmaker? (@SmithVinci) July 13, 2018
You all know what Linda ikeji is and you still follow her and read her blogs lol.
— Bagginses (@__Crosss) July 13, 2018
linda ikeji is a musty person for creating a platform for nigerians to insult a guy who talks about his suicidal pasts because of what he faces in this dumb ass country. she knew he’d be put on blast and still posted his picture, location and name.
— amara. (@ElekwaAmara) July 13, 2018
Linda Ikeji took a gay man's post from his Facebook profile and posted it on her blog. She posted his name, his location and photos of him.
She did this in Nigeria, where members of the LGBTQI community are routinely targeted for violence.
She placed a target on him.
— #SmallGirlBigGod (@CheRox) July 13, 2018
Linda Ikeji is scum of the earth. Like if all the human waste and dirt in the world came together to make a baby, that would be Linda Ikeji
— Nky ? (@_nkeiru) July 13, 2018
But it’s not all hate on the controversial blogger as some think the Ogun put himself on the line when he came out…
Linda Ikeji's on the row. She has actually stopped posting on her blog, she has people now blogging for her. But then, whatever goes wrong, she'd be held accountable. That post didn't need that much details about the guy.
— Tessyama? (@tescool) July 13, 2018
I was wandering the same thing.
Guy posted of facebook, not his diary fa. It's for public consumption already. He just wasn't thinking it would end up on Linda ikeji.
I'm not a fan of Linda but let's be objective too.
— Naija Online BDM (@OluSeyiOjeleye) July 13, 2018
Linda ikeji is a blogger mates, she could care less what happens to the lad as long as she gets her traffic
— Ron (@TheGodOfZeus) July 13, 2018
Cuz you guys know who Linda ikeji is, I’m not in support of what she did but Instablog will post the same thing yall will not even curse out at him/her.
— CLEOPEE (@ms_cleopee) July 13, 2018
Instablog and many other platforms do exactly what Linda Ikeji does, but because she has a 'face' and you hate her, you will always attack her.
It's not really about what she does, but your personal hatred for her.
— Umeh and 99 others (@UmehOMA) July 13, 2018
The blogger isn’t known to take down already published posts, but in light of this latest furore, it’ll be interesting to see what step she takes.