Twenty-six-year-old Mercy Eke on Sunday emerged the first woman to win the coveted BBNaija reality TV show prize.
In the last season of the show, Ceece came close to winning the big prize. The controversial lady was one of the two last two finalists. She, however, missed it.
Mercy bagged 41 per cent of the votes cast, more than double the 19 per cent the runner up, Mike, got to emerge the first female winner of the show.
Mercy, Mike and three other housemates – Seyi, Omashola, and Frodd – had made it to the finale of the keenly contested #PepperDem show.
Seyi and Omashola were the first to taste disappointment with their eviction. Frodd would follow, leaving the audience holding their breath waiting for who between Mercy and Mike will be going home with the grand prize of N60 million.
Host Ebuka-Obi Uchendu was in his element and made sure to take the suspense up a notch, making the most of the last of 99-drama filled days before declaring Mercy the winner to wild cheers from her supporters.
About 240 million votes were recorded for the BBNaija season 4, with over 50 million votes in the final week alone.
Mercy, a businesswoman, is based in Lagos.
She loves cooking, swimming, travelling and dancing.
“I’m grateful for each and every day. Being alive today is already the highest point of my life,” she once said.
When she’s not dancing, singing or rapping, Mercy makes time to enjoy her favourite food — white rice and pepper soup.
“If she had a million dollars in her account, would Sugar still be in the BB Naija game?” she was asked.
“Yes, I would. I want the fame. The popularity is very important for my business,” she said at the inception of her stay in the house.
The winner has provided an insight into what she would do with her prize money.
As the winner of the BBNaija Grand Finale, Mercy goes home with N30m cash prize, in addition to other eye-popping benefits.
At the outset of her stay in the house, when the starry-eyed video goddess was asked what she would do with her prize money in the event she wins, she had answered, “I want to start my own fashion brand or label.”