Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blogging Is The Future Of Journalism- Ladun Liadi

Aww I wasn’t ready to publish this interview here, I have never published any of my interviews on my blog, but so many readers who have gone through my new interview with The Nation newspaper have been asking me to re-publish it here. So I agreed because of my new readers, who really know little or nothing about me, lol. I think the interview was on the 4th of January, 2015. Not sure, but I remember I got a call the next day after the New Year celebration.Okay get to know a little more about me, lol. 


You’ve definitely made an impression as a blogger in Nigeria with your site, ladunliadinews.com. How does it feel to be one of the leading bloggers in the country?

It feels great, awesome. It has made me believe more in myself. And all I just do now is work on how to take it to greater height.

How did it begin for you? Were you ever into journalism before going into online blogging?

Oh yes, I practised Journalism for two years before going into blogging. I worked for a soft-sell magazine for two years. But after two years, I just felt it wasn’t challenging enough for me, because I still had a lot of time to myself and I wanted to work all the time. Then I got to know about blogging, and I said yes, now I have my own medium, with which I can work for as long as I want. Frankly, that was it. But then, this is journalism too. Isn’t it?

It took quite a while for you to reveal yourself to the public, by way of posting your picture very recently; what were you playing at?

Absolutely nothing. I just see myself has a reporter and not a person in limelight. But then, the more I tried to hide myself, the more people wanted to meet with the face and personality behind the blog. So last year, I decided to do a video for my readers who had threatened to disown me, if I do not reveal myself. More so when most of them found out it was a lady behind it. And of course a lot of advertising agencies too wanted the face out, so they could convince their clients that the owner is a young Nigerian with an identity, who knows what she is doing.

What is the rough estimate of visitors to your blog; and do you feel fulfilled?

Rough estimate? I obviously won’t reveal that. But if you are a blogger, you will know it’s extremely huge. It’s on the high side. Of course I feel fulfilled for now. But again, you know I am not number one yet, so I need to work harder.

How has it been breaking hot news ahead of traditional media like radio/TV and the newspaper?

It’s been fun. And there’s this feeling I get when big media houses, like radio, television stations break the news I probably reported some hours back. It makes me feel like, ‘Yes I am working, I am being heard.’

Again you seem to have also pitched your tent with lifestyle/entertainment news, why so?

My blog has always been like that. But lately we do all round news, especially in these days of politics. You know that virtually all Nigerians are concentrating on politics and the forthcoming elections now.

How about advert patronage? How well good is the general corporate support?

Oh it’s been tremendous, I would say. As a matter of fact, that’s where the real money is. I wonder why I don’t get background takeovers though. But hopefully that’ll begin to happen this year. Aside that, the advert patronage has been great.

What have been the challenges and hurdles as you forayed into blogging?

It used to be power and bad internet connection, but those are things of the past now. There are standby generators, and of course we have all the internet connection working in Nigeria today; if you know what I mean. When one is slow, I move onto the next one fast. It’s not that it’s fun buying all of them, but as a serious blogger, you just have to own all the networks. Internet connection in Nigeria is still very bad.

Recently another leading blogger ran into trouble on account of using stories and materials without permission; how are you coping with this aspect? How do you source and gather your news? Do you have reporters etc?

I always credit my sources. And yes, I have reporters. But sadly, they can only do the outside job. Handling cameras, attending press conferences and going on few other official assignments. As for my blog, I handle it all alone for now. I just feel that you have to have my mind-set if you want to join me in handling the blog.

Blogging is also generally believed to be highly rewarding, how financially rewarding has it been for you?

If I will be honest with you, blogging is just like yahoo yahoo. The money just keeps coming in, and sometimes you say God, this is something I started like a ‘joke’.  I just wanted my own voice, I just wanted to write. But today, the story is different. It has been very rewarding financially, and I owe it to God.

How would you assess blogging activities in Nigeria? Do you subscribe to the fact that it is the future of media?

It is, except we want to hide away from the truth. Blogging as far as I know is modern day journalism. Everyone one wants to be featured on blogs these days, including politicians, celebrities, and opinion leaders in the country. Doesn’t that tell you that it is indeed the future of journalism?

But there is also the little snag of it becoming overcrowded, as more bloggers seem to be emerging by the day. How are you coping with that?

If something is doing well, it is expected that other will join in. It only goes to prove and reinforce the fact that it is indeed the future of journalism. But of course, everyone is welcome on board.

Do you have any awards and other acknowledgements so far for your efforts?

Of course. The latest of them is Dot Com Awards for The Best Entertainment Blog in 2014 (Practitioners choice).

Tell us your educational background and antecedents.

I am an accounting graduate. I attended All Saints Church School, Ibadan, and then ISSI, before I finished at Jelly Las College, Lagos.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years


I do not know where God is taking me; but anywhere He leads me, I will go.

52 comments:

  1. Nice interview

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    1. Ladun you and hide and seek. Love you still

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  2. Nice one there wishing you more success these year

    Meanwhile guys email me to know how you can enlarge your joystick

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  3. Great one Miss ladun!
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  4. I wish you more success Ladun. I am a fellow blogger

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  5. I wish you more success Ladun. I am a fellow blogger

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  6. Waooooo waooo awesom my sister ladun to God be the glory for ur life and u are hidden this from us all this while no problem when ever u wake up is ur morning speechless.

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  7. What is the aww for?

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  8. AWW, LADUN U are so sweet, and maturely discrete tho giving some info. we love u girl. nice one

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  9. MR EDDY said this Heat wan kill person o. I miss Harmattan.

    I like the last response where u said "I do not know where God is taking you but anywhere he leads u, u will go. I love that. Same for me.
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  10. AWWWW Ladun.

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  11. Good stuff Ladun, I gbadun the interview. U are a correct Babe double thumbs up for you!

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  12. Blogging is just like yahoo yahoo lmao extremely crappy response. Have u ever done yahoo yahoo? You need to sound a lot more professional just an advice.

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    1. Why do you always come after her? What has she done for you? You accused her of writing crap under the Kelly Hansome post and you have come here to insult her again. Do not let God fight you. Stop bringing a hardworking lady down. Be warned

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    2. Why do you always come after her? What has she done for you? You accused her of writing crap under the Kelly Hansome post and you have come here to insult her again. Do not let God fight you. Stop bringing a hardworking lady down. Be warned

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    3. Awww Amaka its not that hard nau. You just need to understand d meaning of the two words INSULT n CRITICISM . Btw she reads d comments b4 she posts so u dnt have to be her voice.

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  13. Aawww go Ladun!! :D I enjoyed reading this and BIGGER u I pray! Your best days and years are even ahead in God's holy name! I wish you nothing but the best and overflowing success all over!

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  14. Nice interview ladun. Your response were that of and intelligent and well educated lady. Keep it up and the skies are your limit

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  15. Awwww! Lovely! Any where he leads me I would go..niceeee... the other part that made me laugh..blogging is like yahoo yahoo..lol

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    1. Thank you on behalf of sister Ladun. She is a good person

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  17. Aww Ladunski this is cool

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  18. This has made me love you more

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  19. You are so sweet and genuine

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  20. Thank you for the giveaway money again

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    1. Amaka, i just love how u keep writing to express your gratitude for the giveaway money. It's soo beautiful of u to me and tells the kind of person u are.
      God bless you always and may he grant all your heart desires.

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  21. You are smart Ladun.... God bless you hustle.

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  23. well said!! kip it up mz ladun

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  24. Yes.....@Ladun going places

    The good Lord direct your steps always




    "Heaven on earth!!!!Wonders without end,that's my new realm"




    @Galore

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  25. Aww Nice interview Ladun

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  26. Well done Ladunni!

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  27. Hmm,,, I dnt really like u at first buh I read two posts from u and my notion abt u changed... U are humble.. Kip it up. I for say 'Aunty' buh if I do dat,, some people go say na favour I dey find. So, I rest ma case.

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  28. Am happy for u ladun. God will also do it for us too... Insha Allah😇

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  29. nice interview Ebony beauty Ladun Liadi, lol @blogging is like Yahoo Yahoo
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