It was a remarkable close to the FirstBank Savings Bonanza Draws on March 12, 2015 at the All Seasons Plaza, Agindigbi Ikeja. The ultimate giveaway of prizes spanning over 7 months saw more than 1,500 customers rewarded through the bonanza initiative. The event was mixed with laughter, fun challenges, popping of champagne for the winner, handing out of amazing prizes, and some “shoki and sekem” dance moves.
The exciting event was attended by the Group Head of Lagos Mainland, First Bank of Nigeria, Olufunke Smith; Group Head Products and Marketing Support, Biodun Famuyiwa; Manager of KPMG, Mr. Martins Olajide, pressmen, past beneficiaries from the quarterly and monthly draws as well as well-wishers.
According to the Group Head of Lagos Mainland FirstBank of Nigeria, Mrs. Olufunke Smith, “the FirstBank Savings Bonanza was a way of thanking the customers for their 120 Years of patronage and loyalty”. Past winners of the last draws, amongst who was a cash prize winner of N50, 000, Jonathan Okeleke and one of the grand car prize winners, Banji Ajuwon were also recognized.
Using this as an avenue to jumpstart the quarterly draws for the grand finale, past car prize winner; Banji Ajuwon was invited to extend his blessing by picking the first draw for the winners of the brand new Toyota Corolla cars, with 6 customers emerging as car winners. Other draws were made to select the winners for the 50,000 cash prize, home theatres, LCD televisions and Samsung Galaxy Phones.
To ensure winners from the draws knew the status of the prizes, winners were reached via phone calls. When one of the winners of the Toyota Corolla cars, Mrs Ebisan Onyema was called, she did not believe it was for real as she thought it was a scam. A vehicle was sent to her place of residence to convey her to the event venue and was welcomed with cheers from the crowd upon her arrival. She was very emotional and totally lost for words and when asked when she wanted her car, she said “Monday, 16 March 2015”.
As promised, one of the six cars won at the draws was presented on Monday 16 of March 2015 at the First Bank Nigeria Head Office at Marina, Lagos. The GMD, Bisi Onasanya who was on hand to deliver the car to the winner, Mrs Ebisan Onyema stated that “FirstBank enjoys rewarding its customers and will always keep to words and promises made”.
For the winner, Mrs Onyema who has been a FirstBank customer for 25 years, she couldn’t believe it when she was told she had won a car and her bankers didn’t believe it either. According to her, “People can now see and understand why I am running to FirstBank, FirstBank is truly the best and everybody should have an account with them” she added joyfully.
Amongst those who attended the car presentation event were senior executives of FirstBank and the cast of soon to be launched TV series, “Before 30” which included actress Damilola Adegbite-Attoh and Anee Icha. Also on ground were Noble Igwe and other notable media personalities.