related #BBNaija couple Mercy & Ike talk about their love life, marriage and more on Media Room Hub

#BBNaija couple Mercy & Ike talk about their love life, marriage and more on Media Room Hub

The buzz created by that chase after N60million grand prize and a few other goodies Big Brother Naija house has since waned in the minds of fans, but Mercy Eke and Ike Onyema has kept their fire of love burning.

In and interview with Nigerian lifestyle magazine, Media Room Hub, the reality TV stars, opened about their experience in the BBNaija "Pepper Dem" house and their love life.

The couple also talked about their plans for their future and other interesting personal stuff.

See excerpt from the interview below.

On the biggest lesson learned in the Big Brother Naija challenge:

Ike: I learned about valuing other people, valuing different personality, and love. I came with the intention I know it all, but I discovered I still have a lot to learn. I realized that I was given strikes and the concept of the show from the beginning was not what I thought, the concept was to showcase and sell yourself. Come in there, act a fool and entertain. When I came in, I started to realize what the show was all about and I started changing, the strikes helped me change. Of course, Mercy did help me change too.
Mercy: Ever since I left the house, I learned to be more patient, to respect people’s space. Before the house, I used to be with my friends. I was not used to being in a circle of 25 people and sharing the same bathroom, doing everything together, when you wake up someone is either to your left or to your right. I learned to accommodate people. It was really educative for me, during my stay in the house, there was no pen, no paper, everything we had to do, if you didn’t have it upstairs; then you were not going to perform. During our tasks, the house really shaped me in a positive way. The house helped me. I used to flip at every little thing before, the strikes too like he said mellowed us down, those are the things that I took away from the house.
On if she went into the BBNaija house hoping she would meet her man, Mercy said:
Never! During my audition I said it, that I was single but not searching. I said to myself I can do it all alone, like I want to play this game alone. I am a big fan of Big Brother Naija. I used to watch the show back to back, I have a particular housemate then I want to be like, during that time I was single, I just want to play it alone and have fun. But when I met Ike, a whole lot of things changed, we started off as best friends, then the house… They started calling us boyfriend and girlfriend even when Ike hasn’t asked me out, they are already instigating, you know when you wake up, you gist and see this person, there are possibilities of falling in love.
On who approached the other first:
Ike: I think I approached Mercy first. I have met Mercy before the house, on actor, model business level but when I came into the house I looked at her as an ally. The house is about nomination, I looked at her as a strong ally. In the beginning we were just friends. I thought, let us do a team work. One time in the house, i said what’s up, I’m a fine boy and you are a fine girl. She told me everything that’s not what I came here for. After seeing everybody’s character in the house, you noticed this person that’s too fake, too annoying, but Mercy seemed like the person I could connect with. I saw some potential in her and I saw similarities in myself. So, I had to chase her and that was it.

On if he has a girlfriend in America or Nigeria, Ike said:
I have friends that are girls, i haven’t had a girlfriend since February 2018. I was happy being single, extremely happy. Like my first love was money, but when I met Mercy she really started helping me see a lot of things, she made me make some choices in the house that I normally wouldn’t make. I mean that’s love.

On the insinuations that he was using Mercy in the house, Ike said:
I thought I was too strong, I wasn’t scared of eviction. I was comfortable with the confidence I have in myself. That’s kind of helping me focusing on Mercy. She’s a difficult lady, I had told her a lot of time to turn on the fire and all.

On his rumoured likeness for Tacha in the house before bonding with Mercy, Ike said:
Throughout the house, everybody was my friend except Joe, especially Tacha. People came up with that idea because Tacha didn’t have a lot of friends. Mercy understands that we discussed it after the house. Me and My Tacha we are friends; Mercy is my number one.

And Ike maintain that Tacha is still his friend: "Of course, we are. I think a friend is a loose term, to me we are definitely cool," he said.
On when he made up his mind to move from Tacha to Mercy, Ike said:
The second day in the house, Frodd, Jeff and Seyi were talking about the girls in the house and I just said they are cute, who was cute and all. Mercy was beautiful, it was Seyi that told me Tacha has a boyfriend. Mercy was my first choice.

And Mercy said Ike was his first choice. She said, "I wasn’t ready for Ike. I could remember I was chasing him, go and meet other girls, then I meet someone, Ike was the first one, my first choice.
On if they are considering marriage:
Ike: I think a lot of things happening in our lives, a lot of business and all, but I am holding on to Mercy. I don’t play with my things. So, let’s see how things go.

And Mercy said, "Yea, same with me."

On her emotional outburst in the house, Mercy said: It always gets to a point, your mind is clouded with a lot of things, the votes don’t matter. What is a vote when you are not happy? I believe at that point, nobody is acting anymore, if you are fighting with someone, it’s real. I fell in love with this man, we were two weeks from the grand finale, I felt that was a perfect moment to let him know things that he needs to know before we get outside the house. I know there was a camera everywhere, it didn’t stop me from saying what I felt and that was my truth. Saying it freed me, now what are you going to say to me? Nothing. At that moment, I said okay, this is your champ. There’s something I felt I should have done that I didn’t do, there’s something I wanted to tell Diane, but I didn’t. I already bought immunity, so the votes weren’t anything to me as of that moment. I hate sympathy, even in the house that’s why you see me act all strong and all. In that house, I put up a strong act, so people can respect me and all, but outside the house, I am nicer than that. That moment I wasn’t doing that for sympathy for people to vote for me, that Friday night before the eviction party. Diane and I had a heart-to-heart talk, though we were a bit intoxicated more than what people think, we couldn’t even hide the feelings we just let it out.
On how many kids they wish to have when they get married:
Mercy: Two
Ike: I was thinking like six.
Mercy: I know you want to pack up this my engine.

On how they managed to not have sex in the BBNaija house.
Mercy: From the outset, I told Ike I don’t want to do this thing in the house. I don’t want to have sexual intercourse with him on live TV. We can have fun without having sex. And that aspect was so clear and he was cool with it. In fact, he told me he can stay for one year. That was what he said to me, no matter how pressured we were, we were not going to do this. He tried a lot, even when we were closer. I just say okay, we’ve had enough, this is the end of the road, we have to sleep and that’s how we never did it. At times when I wanted it, he would just tap me and say, you said you didn’t want us to do this and I’d say, okay.
On when they will eventual have sex:
Yea, nothing has happened, but it’s not going to be like a one-year thing. It will happen, we don’t pretend, it might even be this night. Definitely, it will happen. He is a sweet guy, I have heard other guys tell him, give her alcohol and all, but he still kept his calm. He’s a good guy, but there was a day he said, I will get this, I must get this then I told him that means I won’t be drinking in the house again. I won’t be playing with you this way anymore, I play with you this way because I know you, trust you. But he was like I seriously need it and all, then I told him I will be wearing jeans to bed and all, then he saw I was really serious then he said okay. It’s nothing, but we had fun in the house.
On what they have to say to Big Brother Naija:
Mercy: Big Brother has changed me a lot, I can’t thank him enough. Now I feel like I am old, I have to calculate, like 6 am I am awake taking calls, replying emails. Big Brother has really done something great. I don’t have regrets going to that house.
Ike: thank you big brother, I live with no regrets.

On their advice to aspiring BBNaija housemates:
Mercy: The people out there trying to go to Big Brother Naija house, do not be disqualified, be yourself. Fight and go home? No, the people who have been voting for you, they’ve been spending their money on you, it feels like a let down; if you go there next year, don’t get disqualified.
Ike: Go in there and do your thing.
Mercy: Big Brother picked you to change you and be the best.

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