Winner of Big Brother Naija Season 4, Mercy Eke, has revealed she was failed several attempts to get into the house as she could not get past the audition phase until this year’s edition.
‘Lambo’ as she’s fondly called said this in an interview with EDWIN USOBOH.
Read excerpts from the interview below ;
So how do you feel being the first female winner of Big Brother Naija?
I feel more than amazing, I feel blessed, I feel loved. Yeah, the love was too much. I didn’t even know I was this lucky. I didn’t even notice people like me, someone is voting for me somewhere. I said winning Big Brother is everything I’ve ever wanted, so for somebody like me coming for the fourth time, it was a dream come true.
Coming into the house, did you have any particular game plan? What was it?
There was no game plan. My main plan was to come in and do my best, just show in and show off. I think I’ve accomplished it because this has been a dream for me to be in Big Brother House. So, I was amazed when I got there I kept on surviving every eviction, it was all a miracle.
So, at what point did you realise you could actually go for the ultimate prize?
There was no point. All I was doing was just to be into existence. I was just feeling all the housemates were all participating to win. And there were strong personalities in the house; I must say everybody in the house was a potential winner. There was no point I thought I was going to win; I was just being myself.
Was there any housemate that was evicted that really touched you?
It is not just one, like Ike and Diane eviction killed me, Ike was on a Sunday, and Diane was on Monday. In fact I felt like God was not listening to my prayer. I felt like God has abandoned me at that point, people who I love were leaving the house.
What were your lowest and highest moments in the house?
My lowest moment in the BBNaija House was when Ike was evicted and my highest moment was when I was announced the winner of BBNaija 2019 Pepper Dem.
Let’s talk about your relationship with Ike in the house. At what point did you notice your ‘chemistry’ clicked?
It was the sixth week in the house. Yeah, that was when we started bonding.
Was there any point you were scared that another female housemate could snatch him away?
No! You should trust Mercy, de Lambo, no, I was not, no.
Now that you are richer than Ike, would you still continue with the relationship or are you considering dumping him?
Winning the money has nothing to do with my relationship with Ike. What I share with Ike is more than BBNaija. It’s bigger.
Were you not into a relationship before coming into the house?
No, I was single and it was obvious until the time I started dating Ike.
What should your fans expect between you and Ike?
Laughs… Ike love! We are hoping for the best. Ike and I, we are hoping for the best going forward.
What is the biggest sacrifice you made to get into the house?
Nothing really, just that I have to travel from Lagos to Owerri to do an audition. I think that’s it.
You have tried three times to get into the BBNaija House. Why did you keep trying?
Yes, the first time I watched the show I fell in love with the show, and since then I started pursuing it, I wanted to be a housemate, and even when countless times they said no to me, it didn’t stop me. I still went for audition till this last time that I was taken.
So, what do you think you did differently this time to have been taken?
Nothing! I think I was still being myself, and maybe this time it was the right time. I believe God knows why I was not succeeding the previous time.
Did you really expect to get to the final or win BBNaija?
No! No!! No!!!…I never expected it, yeah.