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I begged friends, relatives to help me start a business before Glo came to my rescue, says Ikpe, industrial sewing machine winner

I begged friends, relatives to help me start a business before Glo came to my rescue, says Ikpe, industrial sewing machine winner

Globacom’s drive to empower its subscribers and add more value to their lives received a major boost in Onitsha the commercial hub of Anambra state last week, with one of the lucky winners of My Own Don Beta promo, Ifeanyi Ikpe, declaring that the telecommunications giant has ended his many agonizing years of fruitless search of helpers to start up a business.

“The Industrial sewing machine that I won today is an opportunity for me to learn sewing business and I will use the opportunity very well. The machine will change my life, My own don beta now. I have been begging friends and relatives to help me on how to start my own business but Glo has helped out now. To God be the glory”, a visibly elated Ikpe, a security officer in Onitsha stated.

And like him, all the other new winners of the various prizes doled out, as well as notable guests at the ceremony showered encomiums on Glo and vouched for the genuineness of the life changing promo.

As one of the guests noted, the gesture is in tandem with a Chinese proverb which states: ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for life’. With the promo, therefore, Glo is setting the pace for others to follow. It has since it started business in 2003 shown strong commitment to improving the lives of its subscribers. This it has done through offering innovative products and services that have positively affected personal, social, educational and business pursuits. It has also rolled out numerous promotions and bankrolled several sponsorship schemes and projects which have impacted different sectors of the economy.

Being one of such well thought out offerings, My Own Don Beta has so far changed the lives of hundreds of Glo subscribers that have benefited from the promotion. No wonder then that traders at the Main Market, Onitsha, where Glo held a presentation event last week rolled out the drums for the national telecommunications operator.

The well attended prize-presentation event attracted people from different walks of life including the winners who were accompanied by friends and relatives as well as traders, artisans and the executives of the Main Market Association.

Also in attendance were Nollywood icons, Patience Ozokwor, popularly referred to as Mama G, and Victor Osuagwu. The event which witnessed the 7th draw of the promo was also attended by officials of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC). Onitsha is the sixth city hosting the prize presentation exercise of the promo.

Speaking at the occasion, Globacom’s representative and Regional Activation Manager, South East 2, Noel Udeme, stated that “My Own Don Beta!” promo underscores the power of N200, adding that with just N200 recharge, people who join the Glo network can win tricycles, industrial sewing machines, grinding mills and power generators which they can use not only to generate income but also to become employers of labour.

He explained that “the event is in fulfillment of Globacom’s pledge to always explore ways to delight our subscribers and add value to their lives.”

Expectedly, winners at the occasion in separate comments were full of commendation for the company for empowering them.

Okechukwu Onwuka, a real estate developer from Asaba, capital of Delta state, said, “with this generator, my own don beta for NEPA. I will use it in my home. I believe it will serve me better than my old generator. It came at a time I needed to change the old one. Glo has really tried”.

Speaking in the same vein, Ebere Obi a resident of Awada, Obosi, said the generator she won will assist her in business. “I am a businesswoman and I deal in food items. I will use it to boost my business to freeze my drinks and water. I was planning to buy a generator, but now God has done a good thing for me for using Glo line to enjoy my life. Glo should keep it up and God will be their strength”, she added.

Tochukwu Achigwe, who lives in Ogidi near Onitsha and is a building materials seller said, “Glo is the best in everything.. I won a grinding machine. I will send the machine to my mother to use in her business. I have told my mother and she is very excited, and I too am very excited. I didn’t believe it until I came here today. Glo is the best in everything, even in data. I love Glo’’.

Another winner, Ejike Umeogo, an Obosi-based motor spare parts dealer, said that the sewing machine he won is a “beautiful present for my wife.I have been using Glo for about 16 years. I am very happy. This is the first time I have won something in a promo. The first time they called me, I thought it was a 419, until I went to Glo office and confirmed it is real. I will give it to my wife, she was very happy when I told her about it”.

In his comments, Chukwuma Joseph Onochie from Odekpe, Ogbaru, and a public servant with Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), said, “Glo covers everywhere. In my community, it is Glo everywhere. I feel very excited and I thank God for Glo. I was planning to buy a generator for the burial ceremony of my father-in-law and they called me on phone to inform me that I won a generator. So, Glo has made things so easy for me, it will be very useful to me. I urge people to join Glo because it covers everywhere. If you come to my community, it is Glo all over. Other networks are not working there.

In the case of Mr. Alieu Anthony, an engineer who lives in Omoba Phase 2, Onitsha, he plans to open a business for his wife with the generator. ”I will use the generator to open a business for my wife. I am very glad, I am the luckiest man today. I advise all my family and friends to join the Glo network”, he stated.

Uche Chijioke, a businessman at Ochanja, Onitsha, and sewing machine winner said: “I will keep it in the house for my wife to use after her youth service. I thank God for the industrial sewing machine. I am so happy. At first I thought it was a joke or a scam. It was when I got to their office that I was convinced it was true. My family said “Wao, Chijioke you are very lucky”.

In a separate comment, Okoro Igwe Chukwu, a trader, said he would give the grinding machine to his mother. Said he: “I won a grinding machine. I am very happy. I will give it to my mother to be used for her grinding mill business. I cannot afford the machine and Glo has given one to me now. Thanks to Glo”.

On his part, Alakwe Nnemeka Stanley a tricycle (Keke) winner promised to make good use of it. “It was a surprise when I got a call from Glo. I have not won anything before in any telecommunications promo. I am very happy. I will make good use of it; I have been in Keke business before. In Anambra, we say “Nke a wu nke anyi” meaning “this is our own”. We are very happy to be on the Glo network. My wife is here, we came to see the prize together. We are grateful to Glo”, he added.

For Cynthia Chidube, an industrial sewing machine winner, “I will learn sewing and become a fashion designer. I finished my O’level examination two years ago. Winning this machine has provided the opportunity for me to learn sewing and I will start fashion designing business before I get admission. I thought it was a scam when I got a call, my people also warned me. However, I summoned courage to pick the call and here I am today with the Industrial sewing machine courtesy of Glo. God bless Glo”.

Dignitaries who attended the occasion were also not left out in praising Glo for impacting the lives of the winners positively.

For instance, Mr. Okoye Chukwuma, an official of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, in Enugu described the promo as a transparent exercise. “I am here to observe the draw and prize presentation today and so far the exercise has been transparent with winners receiving their prizes and new winners emerging in the draw”, he noted.

Also speaking at the event, Ozokwor (Mama G) said that “People are responding very well to the promo across the country and they are very excited about the prizes. We are very close to Christmas period and the prizes are like Christmas gifts to them. The generators, grinding mills, sewing machines and tricycles they won are affecting their lives positively. I am very happy that Glo is helping Nigerians across the country”.

In his comment, Victor Osuagwu, another Nollywood actor stated that: “My Own Don Beta has become a household name around the country. You can see happy winners and their relatives in the market here today. They did not believe it. With N200 recharge which is for your own calls, you still win all these prizes, it’s great. They all call Glo “talk na do”.

Also speaking, Mrs. Grace Enokwu, popularly known as Iron lady, and who is Vice Chairman, Onitsha Main Market Association said the promo is a very big thing from Glo.

She said: “I am very surprised, my peope have been winning these prizes with N200 recharge card. The card you bought for personal use has brought these prizes. Glo has done well. My people are happy and I am very happy too”.

Also an apparently joyous Ambrose Eseisa, treasurer, Onitsha Main Market Association declared: “This is a very good promo, helping people around the country. Look at my people, they won different prizes and are all happy. Glo has made them very happy and we will continue to use the network. God bless them”.

Honourable Kenneth Onyeka Ndigha, Chairman, Onitsha Main Market Association, was also impressed with the Globacom gesture. “I feel good because it (staging the prize presentation at Main Market) is a great honour to the market. Whatever you do in the Main Market affects the other markets in Anambra. I like Glo, they are our people. Glo is a good telecommunications network”, he posited.

About 80 lucky subscribers won prizes ranging from tricycles to industrial sewing machines, grinding mills and generators at the event.

Onitsha will hand over the status of host city of the prize presentation and draw ceremonies to Jos, the next stop on Monday as more Nigerians are poised to become entrepreneurs in the “Recharge and Win Big” promo.


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