By Prince Osuagwu
NO one would have missed the sound of a pin drop at the Calabar Cultural Centre at the weekend, as a Glo text 4 Millions promo winner, Ebomwonyi Osaro Cosmas narrated the fate that eventually turned him into instant millionaire.
According to him, early in 2009, a burglar entered his house in the suburb of Benin City and went away with his handset which had a Glo line. However painful, Cosmas said he took the incident with calmness but quickly went to the Gloworld, the one-stop-telecommunication solution shop of Second National Operator, Globacom on Mission Road, to replace the lost SIM card.|
Incidentally, Cosmas, six months after, was a victim of armed robbery again. This time, it was at gun point and among other valuables, he lost about N200, 000 cash to the criminals. This caused a great distress, and painted a hopeless picture that rough days were ahead, particularly in country where brotherâ€™s keeper spirit is fast waning out. He resorted to prayers, as a christian and a few days after, a call came from Glo informing him that he had won N1, 000,000 in the companyâ€™s â€œtext 4 millionsâ€ super promo.
That was the beginning of turn around time for Mr Cosmas, who admitted that â€œGod has used Globacom to compensate me,â€
Cosmas was among the seven latest winners of the promo who converged on the Cultural Centre, Calabar, Cross River State, to receive cheques from Globacom, for winning in the promo.
The Calabar show had a line-up of leading comedians including Gbenga Adeyinka, Basketmouth, I Go Dye, Klint Dâ€™Drunk, Maleke and music stars such as 9ice, Nigga Raw and Wande Coal.
By 3:00 p.m, on that day, a long queue had built up outside the centre as invitees were already waiting to be screened for entry.Â Some high-ranking members of the state government, security agencies, the business and entertainment communities also turned up for the evening of fun, music and comedy.
Among the special guests at the event were members of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ekpeyong Oja and Hon. Uduak Akiba; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tonye Ebitibitunwa; DSP Charles Okafor; veteran actor andÂ playwright,Â Larry Williams and Glo ambassadors, Ini Edo and Mike Ezuruonye.
The evening saw the presentation of cheques to the seven winners in the Glo â€œtext 4 millionsâ€ promo with each of the winners receiving a cheque for N1million.
Part of those who enjoyed the windfall, included Mr. Bode Dogunro, Mr. Owolabi Abiru, Mrs. Olayinka Adegun, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osaro Cosmas, Prince Gbadebo Ogunlewe, Mrs. Omobola Ishie and Corporal Isaac Tope Odunfa of the Lagos State Police Command.
Dr. Cosmas explained that he learnt of the promo through the newspapers shortly before it started and he began to try his luck from the day the promo commenced on July 6. He said, â€œmy colleagues discouraged me, saying that the promo was not for real and that even if it were, it was for lazy, jobless people.Â The pathetic story saw everybody at the venue, thanking God for Cosmasâ€™ on the way God answered his prayers.
However it was not Cosmas alone. All the other winners also had interesting stories to tell. For instance, Gbadebo Ogunlewe, a pensioner and a clergyman at Church of The Lord, Aladura, said he won the N1m after 21 days of fasting on â€œMt. Taborahâ€.
He said that â€œone of the things I prayed for was to win in the Glo Promo and I believe God has answered my prayers. Now I am going to use my N1m to support my churchâ€™s building project and the forthcoming harvestâ€, he added.
But for Isaac Tope Odunfa, a corporal in the Nigeria Police Force, education was the primary motive for giving his all to the promo.
Odunfa, participated in the promo with the aim that when the windfall happens, he would satisfy his desire to return to school to upgrade himself and advance his status. â€œThat is what I am going to do now with Globacomâ€™s one million naira,â€ he said.
True to desire, Odunfa won. Now with his desire to get back to school almost achieved, he can stand tall to advice on how to make money. Hear him, â€œIt takes courage to play the game. Some of my friends who began with me fell back along the line but I summoned courage and trudged on. Now I will even invest more and play again.â€ he added
Another winner, Mrs. Olayinka Adegun from Abule Egba, who is the administrator of First Mainland Hospital, Abule Egba, expressed surprise that Globacom could extend such generosity to its customers. Mrs. Adegun said, â€œMy husband and I have been wondering if Globacom really cares about profit, considering the way the company gives out gifts and money to its subscribers. I am really delighted and I urge Nigerians to support this network and participate in the promotion as they can also win because it is conducted in a very fair manner. If not, someone like me would not have wonâ€.
Meanwhile the centre of attraction at the event was Mrs. Omobola Ishie, a Lagos based business woman, who had won N1million three times earlier. She said that for her to be allowed to win as many times as possible showed that Globacom was an honest company with integrity. â€œThis is the fourth time that I have won in the â€˜text 4 millions promoâ€™. I commend Glo for allowing me to win the prizes,â€ she stated. According to her, her buying and selling business has been enriched and greatly transformed. She disclosed that she usually ploughed a large portion of her winning back into participating in the promo which made it possible for her to keep winning the weekly highest playerâ€™s prize. Omobola is married to Mr. Ishie from Ikot Ishie in Odukpani Local government area of Cross River State.
Another winner, Bode Dogunro, claimed to be an ardent follower of Globacom: â€œI use every product Glo introduces and I participate in all the promos and activities of the company including the Glo- Lagos International Half Marathon. I was not surprised when I heard that Glo would give out millions of naira, so I began to play. Unlike other times when I did not win, I have won in this latest promo and I am so happy about itâ€ he said.
Besides the presentation of prizes to the winners, the night was thrilling as Basketmouth, Gbenga Adeyinka , Maleke and Klint the Drunk reeled out spontaneous jokes to entertain the capacity audience. Musicians Wande Coal, DJ Jimmy Jatt, 9ice and Nigga Raw kept the crowd dancing with heavy hip hop music blaring from the state-of -the art sound system in the auditorium
The Calabar edition follows the one in Abuja the previous week. Globacom announced that the Laffta Fest show and prize presentations moves from Calabar to Benin, Enugu and Kaduna before the grand finale in Lagos on October 4.Â Laffta Fest, according to Glo, was designed to reward its loyal subscribers.