Nine millionaires have emerged in the ongoing MTN 2010 World Cup Naira Splash Competition. The winners were announced during the first prize presentation ceremony of the SMS-based interactive competition which was held on Friday May 7, 2010, at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos. Among the lucky millionaires are Celestine Ogolo, Emmanuel Osuagwu, Ginika Vincent, Victor Onyeje, Abiodun Olumuyiwa and Samuel Ovie. Others include Onyi Vincent, Francis Omafu and Anukam Ephraim. A cheque of N2 million was presented to each of these winners, while 20 other MTN customers smiled home with N20, 000 each. MTN's General Manager, Consumer Marketing, Mr Kolawole Oyeyemi said: as we all know, the FIFA 2010 World Cup is coming to Africa for the first time, and MTN is not only the official telecommunications company, but also the global sponsor of the historic tournament. Therefore, we are bringing the excitement of the World Cup to Nigerians and at the same time empowering them by adding value to their lives through the Naira Splash Competition. Full of appreciation to MTN Nigeria, Ogolo, one of the recipients of the N2 million cheques, expressed delight over the prize, saying that it was the beginning of greater things to come to him and his household. According to the Cross River State-born civil servant: I am very grateful to MTN Nigeria for this wonderful opportunity. I actually expected that I would win in the competition and truly I did. But there is no stopping me as I am going to keep playing until I win the N20 million ultimate prize.
The MTN World Cup Naira Splash Competition continues as 24 customers are expected to win N20,000 at every passing hour for 90 days; N2 million would be won daily, while three lucky winners would also win N20 million in the grand prize that will be held monthly for three months. A total of over N230 million is to be won by participants within the three-month period which started April 15 and ends on July 12, 2010. The SMS-based competition is an interactive game which allows MTN subscribers to participate by sending the word GO' through an SMS to a dedicated short code number 2010. For every message that a customer sends, he will receive 10 or more points. The points reflect the customer's chances of winning prizes throughout the draws. Each SMS costs N100.