By Prince Osuagwu
MOTHER luck smiled on an Abuja basedÂ roadside electrician MrÂ Ibrahim Abukar, at the weekend as he became N30 million richer, emerging the grand prize winner of Globacomâ€™s customer reward promo tagged Text4millions.
The 36-year old electrician couldnâ€™t believe his ears when he was announced as the grand prize winner and his friends and well wishers thronged the stage of the grand finale to celebrate with him.
Abukar, a native of Katsina State who is married with four children, said that though he had been on the Glo network for the past four years and had been participating in the â€œtext 4 millionsâ€ promotion right from the beginning, he was totally surprised to learn that he had been picked as the winner of the top prize.
Overwhelmed with elation, Abukar said words could not express his gratitude to God and Globacom for giving him such a huge amount and the opportunity to be able to change the destiny of his family for good. â€œI will use part of the money for the education of my children, use some to upgrade my business, send my parents to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and also use part of it to help the less privileged in the societyâ€, he said.
Alhaji Suleiman Abukar, the father of the winner who was in hand to see his son scoop the prize home, at the Welcome Centre, Ikeja Lagos, venue of the show on Sunday, said he decided to come along so that he could express the gratitude of his family to Globacom for blessing them through the promo. He promised that his son who is both hardworking and responsible will put the money to positive use.
For him, â€œhis life will now be changed. If Globacom can give this boy N30m from nowhere, then nobody should doubt the sincerity of Globacom and the transparency of its promosâ€, he said.
Earlier while flagging the event off, the Group Chief Operating Officer, Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel, represented by the Director of Sales, Mr. Ken Hall, said that the Glo â€œtext 4 millionsâ€ promoâ€ created very high number of millionaires in Nigeria.
He said the promo which created a total of 133 millionaires also created several multi millionaires including Ibrahim Abukar, the grand prize winner and the monthly prize winners of N10m each.
However, Abukar was not the only one that coasted glory home. Mr. Izuchukwu Onyimba, a provision seller in Badagry and Rev. Alex Iduh of the Church of God Mission in Benin-City among twenty eight other winners were also presented with cheques ranging from ten million, 2 million and one million naira respectively.
ForÂ Jameel presence ofÂ the 133 Glo Millionaires who were all called on stage for a group photograph, was proof that the promotion had been credible and transparent.
â€œYour presence indicates clearly that we have kept faith with our subscribers and kept our promise to make millionaires and even multi-millionaires out of ordinary Nigerians who have been loyal to our network. Let me assure you that Glo will continue to explore opportunities to reward its loyal subscribers without compromising on excellent service delivery and innovation which has become our hallmarkâ€, he said.
The grand finale of the â€œtext 4 Millionsâ€ promo presentation was done at a special edition of the Glo Laffta Fest with comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka as the anchor.
The Glo millionaires celebrated together with over 2,500 other Glo subscribers who were invited for the event. The audience was entertained by comedians such as Gordons, Pikin and Basket Mouth while Faze and Terry G provided thrilling music at the occasion.
This is even when Globacomâ€™s Director of Customer Care, Ms. Maria Svensson, Mr. Samson Isa, Head, Value Added Services, Emmanuel Babayaro, a member of Nigeriaâ€™s 1993 Under-17 gold medal winning team and Glo ambassadors, Nonso Diobi, Mike Ezuruonye, Chioma Chukwuka, Monalisa Chinda and Ego Ogbaro graced the ceremony as prize presenters.
Globacom also used the opportunity to hint its subscribers that a bigger customer reward promo was in the offing, charging them to be on the lok out.