In an interview with Punch Saturday Beats, Ilebaye, the winner of BBNaija All Stars, refuted claims that she secured victory by portraying herself as a victim, instead emphasizing that prayer was her strategic approach.
She expressed surprise at her own longevity in the house, never thinking she would last for more than three weeks.
“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.”
Reflecting on her experience, the 22-year-old stated that her only regret was not showcasing better dance moves 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.
Additionally, she shared that participating in the show twice has taught her to stop underestimating herself.
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.
“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.”
As the enormity of her win sinks in, Ilebaye admits that it still feels like a surreal and unimaginable achievement.
“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.