Twenty-six-year-old Mercy Eke made history, as she is the first woman to win the coveted BBNaija reality TV show prize since inception, winning with a wide margin.
The Big Brother Naija Season 4 ‘Pepper Dem Gang’ episode shows that Nigerians spent a whopping N7.2 billion on votes.
Announcing the results on Sunday, the host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu said that the season got over 240 million votes, out of which over 50 million votes were cast in the final week of the season. Recall that the elimination voting costs N30 to cast a vote on the BBNaija Reality TV Show
Statistics emanating from the final day shows that Nigerians spent over N7.2 billion on votes alone. Announcing the winner of the show, the host also disclosed that a record-breaking over 50 million votes amounting to N1.5 billion were garnered in the last week of the show.
The N7.2 billion figure spent on votes is higher than the allocation received by three Nigerian states for the month of January.
According to her bio on BBNAija website, Mercy, the video goddess and businesswoman, is based in Lagos. She loves cooking, swimming, travelling and dancing. Mercy dubbed the ‘Queen of Highlights’ was crowned winner during the finale on Sunday.
Popularly known as ‘Lamborghini’, Mercy was touted as the possible winner for the season by fans and celebrities alike. The light hearted diva made the top two with her show best friend, Mike Edwards, who emerged first runner up. As winner, Mercy walked home with cash prize worth over 40 million Naira, brand new Innosson SUV, Dubai trip for two and other prizes.
One of season3 stars Ceece had come close to winning the big prize in the last season, having become one of the two last two finalists, but she missed it.
No matter the setbacks, Mercy always picks herself up and does her best, Biggie narrated.
“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.