Mercy Eke, known widely as ‘Mercy Lambo, Queen of Highlights’ has made history as the first woman to be crowned the winner of the Big Brother Naija in its 4th edition. This couldn’t have been possible without the Imo State-born Housemate storming the House with some sort of a plan.
She came into Biggie’s House with the statement “I’m going to win the money” and with the right strategy she actually did. As the first female to win the game her opening speech or should it be termed “prophesy”.
However, she’s not the first winner of the reality TV show to come out of nowhere to rise to stardom. While, we have had other past winners who have gone on to become superstars in their rights, Mercy’s victory is peculiar having finally broken the jinx as the first female contestant to win the grand prize.
Since the inception of Big Brother Naija in 2006, no female contestant won the show. The first winner was Katung Aduwak(2006) followed by Efe Ejeba(2017)and Miracle Igbokwe(2018). Mercy Eke becoming the first woman to win the reality show, has definitely changed the perception of the people about the show.
Before the grand finale last Sunday, many pitched tent with the ‘Queen of Highlights,’not because she was exceptional while in the house. But importantly, because no female contestant ever emerged winner of the show since its inception. The sentiment favoured her. But she was also like-able. And she also had a fine strategy.
The Imo State-born reality TV star became the last female housemate standing after the eviction of her best friend, Diane. She had the likes of Mike who won the hearts of fans and viewers of the show from to contend with. There were also Seyi with his Awolowo connection, Frodd as the most popular and liked housemates in the show and Omashola whose die-hard fans were doing everything to see that he won the show.