By Christopher Njoku
Eight more millionaires have emerged in the fifth edition of the one9ja million-dollar game show of the fastest telecommunications company Etisalat. The well-attended event took place at Da Civic Centre in Benin City on Saturday.

A total of N11 million was won during the game show. The Benin edition followed four other game shows previously held in Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja and Enugu states, where N44 million have been won by subscribers on the Etisalat network.

Emerging as the highest winner was Mrs Amaka Ezendu with two million and fifty thousand naira. Samuel Chukwudi, Ernest Ogbemudia, Glory Eiwone and Ilozulike Chimezie won one million one hundred thousand naira each, while Ejoke Aisire, Okonkwo Blessing and Esther Ofefagha won one million naira each. Some of the consolation prize winners of fifty thousand naira are Bobi Zion Onoriode, Roselyn Ogbemo, Henty Ijeoma, Ese Onojetah, Odjus Utuyorume.

The Director Segments and Marketing Strategy, Etisalat, Seki Akande, while addressing the press at the game show said: ““the customer is the heart of our business. With this promo, we are not only rewarding our old and new subscribers, we are also giving every Nigerian an opportunity to experience our world class products and services, built from 33 years of operation in different climes. The 9jillions promotion represents the biggest cash prize winning in Africa and thus serves as a veritable platform to reach out to our subscribers”.

Seki Akande revealed that 4,320 high-end mobile phones were given to lucky subscribers during the fist phase of the promotion, which ended recently and explained further that the regional one9ja game shows will hold in more cities in the coming weeks before the last phase, the grand finale, holds in October, where one lucky subscriber will walk away with the grand prize of one million dollars. ““All a new or existing subscriber has to do is use up to N1,000 in a month, then send his location and name to #5123 to qualify for a chance to participate in the grand finale””, she said.

Immediately after the game show, it was time for the fun loving people of Benin, the ‘‘Heartbeat of the Nation’’ to unwind and have some fun, with the Easy Cliq 9jam’’n musical concert, which held at the Hexagon Place. The star-studded event witnessed performances from artists such as DJ Zeez, Earthquake, Bigiano, Timaya, Banky W, Sean J and Flavor. The popular comedian, MC Gordons, was at his best as the MC of the day.

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