By Prince Osuagwu
THE Expo centre, Eko Hotels Lagos, venue of the Glo Lafta Fest show, which also served as prize presentation ground for Globacomâ€™s promo winners, was lighted up last week. The beehive of activities the venue turned out to become, that weekend, was apparently for two reasons and perhaps, for three classes of people.
For ardent fun loving Lagosians it was a welcome back to Lafta Fest which after a tour of eleven cities across the country, decided to come back to base. For eight winners of Globacomâ€™s text 4 millions promo and 21 winners in the recent concluded Win N Rule promos, it was a time to receive their prizes and testify to abundant blessing mother luck had bestowed on them through the winnings.
But for another set of people who could not see how a telecom company that is ordinarily cut out for profit, would be dolling out millions of Naira worth of cars and cash to mostly pedestrian subscribers, it was a time see things themselves.
This third set of people were mostly visible at the premises of the hotel where the cars that were to be given out later that night were parked. Arguments amongst themselves, doubts and surprises were noticeable and from time to time attracted the attention of corporate guards deployed to man the expanse Eko Hotel premises.
On sighting this reporter, one of them called out â€œbros, there is an argument going on here and we would be pleased if you can help us out. Is it true that Glo is giving out these cars without the winners paying anything? If it is true, for a company that is looking for gain, how many lines or recharge cards would these people buy to recoup the cost of the cars, let alone make gains? We still believe that there is something to itâ€
Perhaps these set of people are not alone, only that they were bold enough to speak out. And so, face to face with the corporate communications officers of the company, the poser was thrown to them, â€œwhat do you gain in these promos?
The Glo officials explained that it was a way of strengthening the Nigerian spirit, showing that Nigerian companies can do business legitimately, riding on the support of Nigerian customers and in such circumstance, should plough back part of its gain into the welfare of the people.â€we are a truly Nigerian country and celebrating the Nigerian people, who have made us what we are today, is a big gain to us.
At the end of the day eight winners includingÂ Mr. Alabi Kazeem, a foodstuff seller in Ilorin , Kwara State , Mr. Sikirulahi Lukman Okanlawon, a student at the Lagos State University (LASU), Mr. Ahmed Nataala, a youth corps member serving in Kaduna and Mrs. Elizabeth Obi, a business woman based in Lagos, received their cheques for winning N1m each in the text 4 millions promo.
Others were Dr. Bala Adamu, a medical doctor working at the Niger State Government House, Mrs. Iroka Precious, a secretary with the Assemblies of God Church, Mr. Bruce Jegede, a staff of UNTL, Kano Sales Office and Mr. Nurudeen Ayinde-Safu, a civil engineer based in Calabar, Cross River State. Brimming with excitement, the new millionaires expressed gratitude to God and commended Globacom for being the vehicle of change in their lives.
According to one of the winners, Mr Alabi Kazeem â€œI just kept playing knowing that this promo would turn my life around. Now can you imagine that I had only about N1,000 in my account when I got the good newsâ€ he added. Also Mr. Sikirulahi Lukman Okanlawon, a 100 Level student at the Lagos State University (LASU), said that the prize money was â€œ a compensation for my years of loyalty to this network. I will go into business with this with the hope that it will multiplyâ€.
But for Mr. Ahmed Nataala, an Ahmadu Bello University graduate and serving Youth Corps member in Kaduna, it is not enough to express in words how merciful God has been with the winning. But his uncle who has been his pillar of support, must have half of the money as a payback to his unflinching helps.
Meanwhile, in another corner of the prize presentation ceremony,Â 21 other subscribers who won different models of cars in the recent concluded Glo Win N RuleÂ promo, were also thanking God for stepping up into the league of Car owners in Nigeria.
For them, it was a day of fulfilment of promise as they collected keys and drove away the cars they won at the event. The winners included Mr. Dabiri Rasheed, Mr. Salami Kazeem, Pastor Oguntomilola Ajibola, Mr Oluwadamilare Akanro, and Mrs Ashimi who won brand new BMW 318i cars each.
Others were Okunnu Kazeem, Mrs Mary Badejo, Mrs Wasiat Elias, Mrs Adebesin Olayinka, Mr. Omokorede Olakunle, Memeke Charles, Ibrahim Adesina, Iyabode Samson, Adesona Adebowale and Mrs. Mukaila Ozenat who won brand new Nissan Sunny each.
Mr. Usman Moruf, Mrs. Risikat Alake, Ifeanyichukwu Thomas and Mrs. Chinenye Patrick also collected keys and drove home in brand new Kia Rio cars each at the event.
This is as many of the subscribers who were invited to witness the transparency of prize presentation, also had a feel of the fun, laughing to the rib cracking jokes of top rated comedians including Gbenga Adeyinka, AY, Maleke, Bovi, Basketmouth. While musicians such as Brakket, DJ Zeez, and 9ice, made sure that music lovers who attended the event did not feel any dull moment
The occasion was also graced by top dignitaries in the private and public sectors including, entertainment impresario, Kenny Ogungbe, Veteran Actor, Ejike Asiegbu, and Glo ambassadors, Desmond Elliot Funke Akindele, among others.