Ilebaye Odiniya, the Big Brother Naija All Stars winner, has disclosed how hurt she feels to have not been congratulated by some housemates after her announcement as the winner of the reality TV show.
The Papa Ajasco, Super Story and Binta & Friends star made this known in a chat on Chude Jideonwo’s #WithChude.
In her words, fellow housemates’ failure to congratulate her on her big win reminded her of how being betrayed at a young age made her afraid of making friends, how being bullied in the house made her feel alone and abandoned, and the depression she had to fight off after her first appearance on the Big Brother show.
“I am still hurt that I didn’t get congratulations from some of the housemates because I know that If I were in their shoes, I would be happy for them. In the bathroom scene with Ike, she said, ‘I felt sad and lonely, I was like what did I do to deserve this? Even if I have done something to hurt you, you should have just come to me to talk about it, not throwing my clothes. I just felt like ‘God open the ground let it swallow me’. My energy just went low,” she said.
She added, “I just went there to have fun. I was just like I wanted to go have fun, and my only strategy was just to pray and believe God that I would at least get to the final stage. I didn’t think I was going to win; my prayer was that I should just last and stay till the 6th week or final if God permits.
“On the rumour that her strategy was to gain public sympathy by saying she was being bullied, she said, “I think that is false because my win is by grace. This is my year, what is meant for you is going to be for you. I feel like I was prepared for the journey because my going and coming out in the third week the first time was a taste of it the first time. I also think that people genuinely loved me for who I am not because of pity”