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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Winners laud MTN on Who wants to be a millionaire

Remmy Nweke

TWO winners of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” television show, sponsored by the telecom giant, MTN Nigeria Communications, Messrs Ohwode Igho Dickson and Avarabe Gabriel, have lauded the programme.

The duo who spoke to Champion Infotel exclusively in a telephone conversation described the programme as truly a hot seat, which has prevailed on them to take knowledge and education more seriously, just as they won N250,000 and N120,000 respectively.

Mr. Dickson, who is a civil engineer with a multinational firm based in Port Harcourt, said that being on the hot seat of Who wants to be a millionaire is worth it, because “it’s really a hot seat.”

Saying that he did not realise the meaning until he got there himself, noting that one fascinating factor was that despite how knowledgeable one may be, it would be exciting to be challenged.

“It is actually a hot seat and when you get there and the way questions were asked makes it even more exciting because if you’re not careful, you would be confused,” he told our correspondent.

He also revealed that it takes maturity to discover that the questions asked are really current affairs.

In addition, he rated the programme very high saying it is quite impressive due to the way he and his family members who joined him to the show were treated at the end of the day.

“Initially, I played three times before I was informed that I was on a waiting list,” he said.
Pointing out that his invitation to Lagos was also extended to two other friends or family members, even as their transportation was borne by the organisers.

He stressed that except for those who play by being on the hot seat, family members were given N5,000 each, plus other gifts, for their fare.

Mr. Dickson further said that those who participated and did not win were compensated with about N20,000 as well as the accompanying gifts, whereas those who made it by winning went home with what they have won apart from other gifts that was showered on them.

On what he learnt afterwards, Mr. Dickson informed that it is very encouraging it is happening in the Nigerian soil, observing that in developed nations like the United States, “every week people make money via lottery and related programmes.”

Although he went to Who wants to be a millionaire to grab the N10m at stake, he was not disappointed with the N250,000 he won, saying it is good to aspire for the ultimate.

“It’s very, very educative and the questions can be anything which even makes the hot seat very hot,” he declared.

He enjoined corporate organisations in the country to emulate MTN Nigeria so as to encourage Nigerians to benefit from such initiatives, just as he regretted not playing before now.

“More corporate organisations should encourage such programme to make more millionaire in Nigeria, possibly every week,” he said.

Equally speaking after emerging winner of N120,000 at the television show, an Akure-based accountant, Mr. Avarobe Gabriel confirmed to our correspondent that literally, the hot seat was “very hot”.

This, he adduced to the tension that would overwhelmed contestants as soon as the questions start to come from the moderator, Mr. Charles Edoho but the realty is that some of the questions you may be familiar with and some entirely out of the blues.

He rated the programme as ok, saying that there is room for improvement for the organisers to always do better.

On how he felt after winning, Mr. Avarobe said, the attempt to participate was the first time he was taking part in such an event and of course, he was happy and expressed thanks to God for the outcome.
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