Liberia’s telecommunication giant Lonestar Cell MTN has for the fourth time given away a million Liberian Dollars to a local business woman Tenney P. Kiatabah to climax months of Scratch and Win a Million campaign which began in October last year.
“I felt very excited. Before I thought it was fake. Yes, because they got lot of fake people around calling people. Somebody once called me last month that I won … and I said it was lie. I never made a move,” winner Kiatabah told a joyous gathering Wednesday, 28 February in Central Monrovia.
The final draw witnessed a rather excited winner Kiatabah and a closed relative being conveyed in the company’s convoy from her shop at Iron Gate, Brewerville to the ceremony which was held outside Lonestar MTN’s Point of Sale between Broad and Center Streets.
“… So I am very, very happy … I’m very excited,” winner Kiatabah told the crowd outside the communication giant’s Point of Sale upon being presented a symbolic L$1,000,000.00 check.
Madam Kiatabah joined two previous Lonestar MTN “Win a Million” winners Mr. Andrew Zeaith and Mr. Abdoul Jalloh in a group photo at the ceremony, shortly after she got the symbolic check bearing her full name with L$1,000,000.00 written on it.
The communication giant’s fourth million dollars winner Madam Kiatabah says she received Lonestar MTN’s call with skepticism due to her past experience with fake calls from some unknown individuals, claiming that she had won some raffles.
She says she even declined to make a move away from her business place at Iron Gate when she received Lonestar MTN’s call on Wednesday, telling her that she was a winner of its Scratch and Win a Million raffle.
“Even for today I never made a move. As I was saying, I said I was sitting to my shop when I received the call from a lady that I won from Lonestar. I said no. No one should fake me. I’ve been with Lonestar so many years, I have never won a cent from Lonestar,” winner Kiatabah continues.
Still doubtful of what she was being told by the caller from Lonestar MTN’s office; Madam Kiatabah says she told the caller that if the information was true that she had won a raffle, the company should call back later.
“I sat down to my business today, although there was no business today, but I sat down there, waiting for them to come. Nobody called me to say send me dollar on my card,” she adds.
Madam Kiatabah says she is now going to use part of the L$1,000,000.00 to pay rental fees for the shop she rents at Iron Gate and to also complete other projects she has on hand.
Earlier at the event, Lonestar MTN’s Head for Brand and Communications Abigail Nufeatalai recalled that the campaign began last October when the company decided to give L$100,000.00 to Liberians.
In the campaign, she says the company decided to make one millionaire each month for four month, a scheme that have seen Mr. Andrew Zeaith, Mr. Abdoul Jalloh and Ms. Vivian Lai winning ahead of the last winner Madam Kiatabah.
Lonestar Cell MTN Marketing Services Senior Manager Mr. Ibrahim L. Daramie says he sees it as a privilege to help make a millionaire, noting that they gathered at the event in fulfillment of the company’s promise to Liberians that it would make four millionaires before the end of February 2018.
The company’s Brand Ambassador CIC and other Liberian musicians and dance crews performed during the ceremony while petty raffles were taking place with others winning small cash and umbrella, among others.
By Winston W. Parley