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BBNaija's Mercy recaps on her childhood, says she once sold corn and fuel

Odion Okonofua
Mercy TVThe reality TV star says she has worked hard for everything she has achieved.
Former housemate of Nigeria's most-watched reality TV show, Mercy Eke has recounted the time she sold corn and fuel just to survive.
The reality TV star made this known during one of the closed panel sessions at the 8th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (#NECLive8) which took place on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
"Sometimes it gets me very emotional to see how far I’ve come from where I started, from selling corn to fuel, to a lot of other businesses I did before. I’m very proud of myself, and I know that there are a lot of people looking up to me," she said.
The winner of the fifth season of the reality TV show went on to talk about all the struggles of growing up in a family of six and auditioning for BBNaija 4 times.
"I auditioned four times before I got into the Big Brother House, but somehow I won the show, and I won the hearts of Nigerians and Africans. I work for everything I own today, maybe I’m not ‘blessed’ enough for people to just give me things for free. I can look back at my journey with pride, in spite of my rough childhood," she explained.
Mercy TV Star"I grew up in a family of 6, but somehow I was able to complete my tertiary education. I’m very proud of myself, and I know that there are a lot of people looking up to me. Where I am today is through my hard work. I didn’t just win and rest on my oars, because I know that my journey has just started.”
Mercy Eke emerged as the 4th winner of BBNaija after she was announced the winner of the 2019 edition tagged Pepper Dem.
She became the first female ever to win the BBNaija reality TV show since it began over a decade ago.
Mercy was the last female housemate standing after spending a total of 99 days - 14 weeks - in the house, won herself the grand prize of N60 million.