In the aftermath of the All Stars show’s surprising finale, Blessing Okoro, popularly known as Blessing CEO, has shared her candid thoughts on the victory of Ilebaye, the Level Up former housemate. Ilebaye’s win came as a shock to many as she triumphed over well-known contestants such as Mercy Eke, Ceec, Cross, Pere, and Adekunle.
With 30% of the votes, Ilebaye emerged victorious, narrowly defeating Mercy Eke, who secured 23% of the votes. Blessing CEO’s reaction to this unexpected outcome has ignited a conversation in the world of reality TV.
Blessing CEO’s take on the situation is intriguing. She suggests that emotional blackmail might be the secret weapon to winning the hearts of Nigerians. According to her, one must learn the art of shedding tears and manipulating public sentiment to feel powerful by evoking pity. She goes on to claim that Nigerians are not fans of strong, powerful women, alluding to the resilience of Mercy Eke and Ceec, who have remained relevant over the years.
In her own words, Blessing said, “If you want to win Nigerians’ hearts, use emotional blackmail, know how to cry and manipulate. The public loves to feel powerful by pitying you. Nigerians don’t like strong, powerful women.” She applauds Mercy Eke and Ceec for their enduring relevance.
Blessing CEO’s commentary adds a fresh perspective to the ongoing debate about the authenticity of reality TV shows. She emphasizes that Big Brother Naija is more of a dramatic game than a reflection of reality. Her words prompt reflection on the tactics contestants use to gain popularity and secure victory.
The aftermath of Ilebaye’s victory has been met with mixed reactions from fans and viewers of the reality show. Many have questioned whether she won due to pity votes, sympathies, or genuine merit. Even Ultimate Love reality TV star, Kachi Ucheagwu, expressed skepticism about the authenticity of her win, drawing parallels to the state of Nigeria on its Independence Day.
In the midst of the controversy, Tacha Akide, a rival of Mercy Eke, celebrated Ilebaye’s victory. Tacha threw shade at Mercy while congratulating Ilebaye, hinting that her disqualification played a significant role in Mercy’s win during her season.
The All Stars show’s finale has stirred up a whirlwind of emotions and discussions. It leaves fans and critics pondering the role of emotional manipulation in reality TV success and the blurred lines between drama and reality in these televised competitions. Whether Ilebaye’s victory will be remembered for her talent, emotional appeal, or both remains a subject of debate in the realm of Nigerian reality TV.