“I Didn’t Use Pity As Strategy to Win BBN; I Prayed to God” — Ilebaye Odiniya

Winner of the BBNaija All Stars, Ilebaye has dismissed claims that she won the show by playing a victim as she insists that her strategy was prayer.

The reality star made this known while speaking in an interview with Punch Saturday Beats.

Ilebaye who had won the 120 million grand prize also revealed that she never thought she would last up to three weeks in the house.

She said:

“I did not use any strategy (to win the game). The only strategy I used was to pray to God. I never imagined that I would win the competition.

“During my first participation on the show (in 2022), I spent only three weeks. When I realised that they were bringing stars (for this season), I thought I would last for a maximum of three weeks. I did not know I would be the winner.”

While speaking on what she regrets, she said that she wished she had danced very well at the weekly Saturday party.

“The only regret is that I wish I danced very well at the parties. But, there was so much fun and adventure in the house. So, I really don’t have any regret,” she said.

The 22-year-old speaking on what she had learned from being on the show for a second time said that she’s learned to stop underestimating herself.

Ilebaye stated:

“I have learnt never to underestimate myself. One should always believe in oneself, no matter the outcome. Even if one had failed before, one should never give up. One’s time will always come.”

She also gave some clarification on what ‘Gen Z baddie’ means as she stated it means ‘having so much life’. Ilebaye added, “It is basically telling everybody I am young. It is a call for young people to be seen and loved.”

Ilebaye also added that the winning still feels like an imagination to her and she’s still trying to come to terms with it.

“I have just been overwhelmed and staying in my room, trying to think and feel the emotions of being the winner. I have not really gone into details of what is going on in the world now. But, I am sure is all love and light; no hate,” she said.

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