Tinsel lovers know Linda Ejiofor best as the sarcastic blunt Bimpe on the M-Net series, but when the cameras are down it reveals so many shades of Linda Ejiofor. How well do you know the light-skinned diva? Like the fact that the actress prefers flat shoes to heels? Like how she abandoned a diploma in theatre arts to study sociology? Do you know she is shy? Well, when Linda completed her primary education at Ilabor Primary School in Surulere, she went to the University of Ibadan to pursue a diploma in Theatre arts but her stay in that citadel was cut short by her father who, as of then, vowed that none of his children would make a living on the screen.
The rumors of how the movie/entertainment industry is in Nigeria is filled with rot might have gotten to him.
Linda obeyed her father, she left Ibadan and proceeded to study Sociology at the University of Port Harcourt. However, Linda won’t give up on her talents, she kept going for auditions until she landed her first screen job and might have handled it with such dignity that she won her father over. Linda in one of her recent interviews said in this regard: “Tinsel has made my father to see that acting is not such a bad thing. People learn from it; people learn from their mistakes through actors and I learn from people through acting too.”
This is what she says and we believe her, although her bank balance might have helped woo her father to her professional side. Here are other facts.
Linda Ejiofor – Career
After graduation, it seems that Linda already knew what she wanted to do next. The Isuikwuato (in Abia State) indigene went into modeling, part-time. First, she modeled for an antiseptic product during her undergraduate days and was keen to follow that path until a friend convinced her to go for M-NET audition of the series “Tinsel” and it was in “Tinsel” that Linda re-ignited her old passion for acting. The actress hasn’t looked back ever since.
Linda has amassed recognition in the industry. In 2012, Linda played the role of Ejura in “The Meeting” which was so well-received alongside Rita Dominic that she got her nominated for best actress in a supporting role, AMVCA and Best Rising Star (female), Nollywood Movies Awards both in 2013. She took home the AMVCA award. She was nominated for TV Actress of the Year award at the 2014 ELOY Awards.
In 2013, she was in “Secret Room” with OC Ukeje and Lilian Esoro, and Frankie Ogar’s “A Soldier’s Story” with Zainab Balogun, her best friends Adesua Etomi, and Daniel K. Daniel for which he won an AMVCA. In 2018 she played a role in the star-studded terrible movie by Ebony Life “Chief Daddy”.
Linda, besides acting, has worked with a couple of music heavyweights such as Clarence Peters and Wizkid when she made a cameo appearance in the Starboy’s “Pakurumo” video.
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Marriage to Ibrahim Suleiman
Linda Ejiofor is a married woman. She got married to her boyfriend from “Tinsel” Ibrahim Suleiman bringing to four the number of couples who met on the set of “Tinsel” and got married. Although, the two didn’t exactly meet in Tinsel. They have always been friends. In fact, it was Linda Ejiofor alongside some of his “inner circle” friends which includes her best friend Adesua Etomi, as she called them who talked him into coming to a reading of Tinsel which ended up becoming an audition for the handsome architect who had never acted before then. It was, however, on the set of Tinsel that their relationship blossomed and became a relationship.
But they kept it out of the reach of the media. In fact, no one who was not family or friend knew about the relationship until a week before the wedding when they released their prewedding pics. In November 2018, the couple had their traditional wedding and an open-air white wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Suleiman’s baby
In February 2020, Linda Ejiofor and her husband appeared on all African Magic channels to announce the nominees for the 2020 AMVCA awards. She looked great in a black gown with gathers. No one saw it, nor mentioned it, but Linda Ejiofor was at least four months pregnant at that time.
In July, she gave birth to a baby. Suleiman made the announcement on Instagram. “And then we were three,” he wrote, “thank you, Father. Your word has indeed become flesh.” He accompanied this with a series of hashtags, some of which only he and his wife and his homies may understand: #isquared18, #iCub3d20, #Approved, #sonOfAisha, etc.
Image sources: Bellanaija and The Sun Nigeria