The dream of Mr. Akinfenwa Oluwaseun, a chartered accountant who won the first Diamond VisaÂ Credit Card FIFA promo, to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches live in South Africa hasÂ become a reality with the presentation of the coveted prize to him in Lagos.
In his speech at the event which took place at Diamond Bankâ€™s Head Office in VictoriaÂ Island, Lagos, the Bankâ€™s Head Corporate Communications, Charles Udoh, said that DiamondÂ Bank is happy to create opportunities for the Nigerian soccer loving fans to watch the firstÂ ever FIFA World Cup on Africa soil live in South Africa.
â€œIt gladdens our heart to see our people witness this historical event in the continent byÂ merely using their Diamond Visa Credit Card.Â Opportunities abound for all our customers whoÂ use their Diamond Visa Credit Cards to also join the world to cheer our great Supper EaglesÂ to victory and have the privilege to watch other matches in the tournament,â€ he stated.
Udoh stated that Diamond Bank and Visa are giving away one package a month for the next sixÂ months to the FIFA World Cupâ„¢, adding that every time a customer uses any of Diamond VisaÂ credit card, he/she automatically gets another chance to win.Â â€œWeâ€™re giving away oneÂ package a month for six months between 1 September 2009 and 28 February 2010, and yourÂ transactions each month get you into that monthâ€™s drawâ€, he stated.
Udoh further stated that packages are for the Bankâ€™s customer and he/her partner, addingÂ that the benefits include flights, accommodation, hospitality and transport within SouthÂ Africa. â€œIf you already have a Diamond Visa Credit Card, you are automatically eligible forÂ the competition. The more transactions you make, the more chances you get, so start usingÂ your card today,â€ he stressed.
In his speech, the winner, Mr. Akinfenwa Oluwaseun, 37 and a father of 2, stated that he wasÂ elated to have emerged winner of the campaign which he said he never knew about. â€œI was notÂ aware of the campaign and when I was called on the phone to announce to me that I have won,Â I did not know where to start from. All I can say is thanks be to God and Diamond Bank forÂ this wonderful opportunity. I have been telling my friends and encouraging them to use theÂ Diamond Credit Card,â€ he said.
It could be recalled that barely 9 months after its launch into the Nigerian consumerÂ market, Diamond Visa Credit Card, the first naira denominated credit card in the country,Â recorded well over 200,000 successful transactions valued at N5billion naira, a feat theÂ Bank says is â€œoutstandingâ€.
Diamond Bank was the first financial institution in the country to launch a nairaÂ denominated internationally functional Visa Credit Card, which can be accepted at over 29Â million merchant locations and 1.2 million ATMs both locally and abroad. Of course the cardsÂ are Chip and Pin for added security.
All customers have a choice of repayment options _ from as little as 5% per month to as muchÂ as 100% full repayment _ and many cardholders are taking full advantage of up to 45 daysÂ interest free credit. Of course, there is no need to source foreign currency as allÂ repayments are made in Naira, irrespective of where the transaction took place.
Since the launch some months ago, Diamond Bankâ€™s customers now have access to a range ofÂ Visa branded credit card products to meet a variety of individual needs. The product rangeÂ includes a Classic, Gold and Platinum card that employ the global standard EuropayÂ Mastercard Visa (EMV) application to ensure the cards work at all Visa merchants.
In addition, the credit cards offer customers secure online functionality with Verified byÂ Visa (VbV), a simple password_protected identity_checking service that takes the risk out ofÂ making online retail transactions. Visaâ€™s VbV application aims to give its card holders aÂ safe and sure online application that will make purchasing online safe from potential formsÂ of card fraud.