Linda was born September 19, 1980 and is the second of seven children, an indigene of Nkwerre, Imo state in Eastern Nigeria. She was raised a catholic and graduated from the University of Lagos in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language. Standing at 5ft8inches and with the right body proportion, she ventured into modelling in 1998 while at school and set up a modeling agency called the Blackdove Models Management. On the 25th of June 2006, she formally launched her magazine the FM&B magazine which [for financial constraint]couldn’t go to printing after the first two editions. After reading Bellanaija’s blog, she became inspired to begin writing hers, the rest they say is history.
It was early 2000; I was 19 years old, in my second year at the University of Lagos. I’d been a model for about a year and a half then. Modeling back then didn’t pay a lot. Sometimes you ate, other times you went hungry. Sometimes you had money, other times you begged for it. I am not from a rich home. I started struggling from 17 to support my family. I had a tough life growing up but I kept working, doing all sorts of modeling jobs, ushering, and fashion shows. At a point, I even sold beer at a hotel. I’d leave lectures, go to a hotel and sell beer from 1pm till 10pm. I did this for a few months and it wasn’t easy but I had to survive. One of the things I said to myself back then was, I would rather starve or beg for food than give my body to a man for money.
The Breaking Point
It was early 2000…
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