• Kunle 11:56 am on March 7, 2016 Permalink Reply  

    Linda Ikeji et al.: When Plagiarism Becomes the Cancer of Blogging

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing… Edmund Burke

    I had a chance encounter with Pastor Paul Adefarasin at Elegushi, Lekki area of Lagos state last week on March 3, after 7 a.m., on my way to work. The Senior Pastor of House on the Rock helped in no small measure to ease the traffic flow along that route. I was quite impressed hence I took some pictures and wrote a short post on Facebook to commend him.

    The post generated tremendous interest on the social media, in line with the primary motive of encouraging people to imbibe good leadership skills and to always add value to society. However, in total contrast to the spirit of the message, some bloggers rather chose to seize the moment to commit atrocious acts.

     

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    A Google search and analysis revealed the depth of this bizarre act. One of the culprits is the blogger, Linda Ikeji, who is generally alleged to have a notoriety for plagiarism. Words could barely convey my feelings of disappointment on seeing the watermark and seal ‘Linda Ikeji’s Blog’ appended to the pictures I took, which I have copyrights on and which were lifted straight off my Facebook page! There was hardly a blog that didn’t latch on to the story in varying degrees. Stella Dimoko-korkus also partook in this. It appears that some bloggers resort to pathetic means to drive traffic to their sites. A number of them lifted my accompanying Facebook posts verbatim and also posted this on their blogs, while taking full ownership of the materials by draping their seals on the entire material. Isn’t it obvious we’re dealing with people of compromised integrity? It is bad enough to take a screenshot of my pictures, but even worse to copy the accompanying post, and publish both passed on as content thats original to them.I have nothing against blogging and I have benefitted from some wonderful blogs over the years. Furthermore, I blog @ http://www.kunleolabode.com, although the post in question was largely on my Facebook page, and wasn’t uploaded to my website. One of the bloggers also found his/her way to Nairaland to upload a screenshot of my Facebook post as well. Another blogger gave me credit for the post but erred in the appendage on the pictures. This is certainly wrong!
    lindaikeji

     

    How did we get to this sorry pass as a nation? A country and people that do not place a high premium on intellectual work are heading for the dunghill. The phenomenon of instant gratification, without painstaking effort, is distorting lives and eroding values among the youth. It’s quite easy for my generation to cry about a lack of opportunities and blame the political elite for the decades of rot in our system, however the truth must be told that there is a lot of irresponsible behaviour among so many these days and in this clime which inhibits the sort of progress enjoyed by earlier generations.

    Although, the EFCC is battling with fraud of immense proportions by ‘419ers’ and corrupt politicians, yet there is the need for us as a nation to pay closer scrutiny to the activities of some of the young men and women who nowadays have found a new line of vocation in blogging. The unfortunate thing about this group is the modus operandi employed to achieve their objectives: I’m not certain it’s just the conventional Get-Rich-Quick-Syndrome, and I sincerely believe it’s partly due to the lack of purpose and direction on the part of some. How does one explain the situation of a young man in the most productive season of his life prowling the internet for ‘just any content’ that will drive traffic to his site?

     

    I am not certain there is a lot of knowledge or enlightenment on the subject of plagiarism and its consequences in Nigeria, otherwise it wouldn’t thrive in this manner. It is not out of place to want to upload all sorts of “interesting” content to your blog, but when you have not originally generated this content, at least kindly seek the permission of the author/owner of such, or give credit to its source in your publication. It is time for a common sense revolution in this country; I have watched, with delight, interviews with bloggers from different parts of the world on foreign media outlets. You can blog with distinction through original value driven content, and be successful. If you’re not sure of God’s purpose for your life, please seek Him out and ask; blogging is not for everyone.

    This is the time for people to lend their voices towards the destruction of this cancerous outgrowth in society.

     

    Kunle Olabode
    http://www.kunleolabode.com

     
    • David 3:46 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,
      I am a Nigerian blogger in the States.
      I read your article in premium times with extreme joy. I must confess how glad I am to see that al least one person shares my view on the pernicious trend of plagiarism and total vanity in Nigerian blogging. I stopped reading the blogs when everything became about bikini wears and buying range rovers. http://www.dddimas.com

      • Kunle 4:17 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello David,

        It’s nice to hear from you. You’re very right. The ‘blogosphere’ is saturated with junks in the country. It is quite unfortunate but that’s the pathetic situation at hand. Hopefully as we talk more on this issues and take appropriate actions where necessary, we can reduce it drastically

    • David 2:44 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kunle. Pleasure is mine. Will add your blog to the blogs I follow.

    • Jide Salu 2:56 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,

      How interesting to read your views on Nigerian bloggers. Whilst I copy portions, if not whole content from News sites, I never fail to give copyright credit. I feel its right.

      My blog which was originally set up to tell my story as a returnee has moved on to become a news curator accompanied by my personal views.

      Nigerians have a way of turning an original concept on its head, thereby making it unrecognisable to its original purpose. Blogging is one of such concepts. When certain bloggers have apparently made ‘millions’, automatically, it is assumed its the numero uno and others, flock to not emulate, but copy the bad practice.

      I must say, I am no longer frustrated as I once was many years ago. Nigerians are uniquely different. Young minds are being shaped by these filthy blogs. Sponsors flock to these filthy blogs because, apparently they are well read.

      It is laughable to see how your FB write up was usurped by some bloggers. Incredible!

      Just thought I would get in touch with you.

      Well written post by the way.

      • Kunle 4:42 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Jide,

        Thanks so much for your response. I truly believe there is hope for this nation with this type of orientation. I didn’t want to release the post initially. However, all that changed when i saw the accompanying post on several blogs. Unfortunately,the airwaves is saturated with junks, yet the same persons who embrace such are the first to complain about lack of opportunities in the polity. There’s such a craze to be a blogger with total disregard for the place of ethics and value driven contents.

        Our value system is in dire need of rescue. If our generation can’t think of role models other than the disemminators of unhealthy messages, it’s a source of great concern. It’s true Jide, the advertising companies and corporate bodies seldom promote quality because it won’t always enjoy the level of publicity like junks. However Quality always prevails!

        Thank you so much. All the best in your endeavors

    • Contributor at 1Creek 7:49 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bang on cue! Seems like everyone who commented here are of like minds, and no bad comments yet.
      I wrote a similar article, but instead my critique was focused on Linda, and the reply I got was really bad.

      Check out Linda Ikeji is not a blogger.

      Would be glad to work with anyone here, and at Kunle . Please reply with your twitter handle.

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