BBNaija All Stars winner Ilebaye Odiniya has spoken out to clarify the misconception that her victory on the show was solely based on receiving pity votes due to her perceived fragility among the other housemates.
In an exclusive interview with Lagos Talks 91.3 radio, the 22-year-old millionaire asserted that her triumph was a result of genuine love from viewers and impeccable timing.
During her time in the BBNaija All Stars house, speculation arose among some housemates that Ilebaye was garnering sympathy and pity votes due to her relatively younger age and smaller stature compared to her fellow contestants.
Some believed that her appearance of vulnerability was instrumental in her victory.
However, in the interview with the radio host, Ilebaye Odiniya emphatically refuted these claims.
“Do you think you were supported because you were fragile while everyone else was older, bigger, and stronger than you?” the radio host asked.
“To me, I feel it’s because they have this love for me; not because I am the underdog. They have this genuine love for me, and they know I should be the one to win the money, and it’s my time.”
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smallgirlnora wrote: “I voted for her because she was herself and acted her age , took accountability, owned up to her mistakes, didn’t hold grudges and despite everything she was always happy.”
big_rhennie said: “Exactly let the haters rest Abeg 😂”
i_am_onyi_empire opined: “I didn’t vote Ilebaye because of pity. She’s to me, the only housemate that kept her true self, acted her age and took accountability for her words and actions. Every other housemate misunderstood her and made her a target, especially with the fact that she was carrying two strikes along.”
singularity_bl penned: “Everyone was crying that you are being bullied, that was how you got noticed. You didn’t really serve content, just tears, poking and manipulation. “Is it because I’m the youngest here” lmao