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Eight emerge finalists @ MasterCard’s Win-a-Trip Few- Can-Win promo


 A total of eight finalists Thursday emerged in the MasterCard competition; Win a Trip Few Can Win, which held in Lagos, for MasterCard debit, prepaid and credit cardholders, reports ITRealms.

Also gathered by ITRealms was that winners were asked to share unique stories on how using their MasterCard product has positively impacted their lives for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Lisbon, Portugal to watch the UEFA Champions League Final Lisbon 2014.

The finalists –Obisakin Timilehin, Obafemi Kehinde, Olubunmi Afolabi, Ibrahim Bawa, Jideofor Ntephe, Amaka Anowi, Chibuike Alagboso and Patrick Ikwueme– were announced in Lagos, after they presented their inspirational stories, together with 17 other shortlisted entrants,to a panel of celebrity judges.

The judges - Stephen Keshi (legendary head coach of the Super Eagles); Ali Baba (Nigeria’s foremost comedian); Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (The Beat 99.9fm’s host); Uche Pedro nee Eze (founder of BellaNaija.com) and Omokehinde Ojomuyide (Vice President and Area Business Head, MasterCard in West Africa) – then selected the top eight finalists, based on the quality of their MasterCard stories. 

Videos of the eight qualifiers have been posted on MasterCard’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/MasterCardMEA) where the public is invited to cast their vote for their favourite story. Following this round, the top four winners will each receive a MasterCard Priceless Moments collection package to the UEFA Champions League Final Lisbon 2014.

“The finalists’ stories are so inspiring, and demonstrate how MasterCard is positively making an impact in their daily lives,” says Ojomuyide. “Nigeria already appreciates the immense benefits that cashless transactions have to offer and this campaign truly captures how consumers are embracing the security and convenience of electronic payments.”

Some of the eight finalists described how their MasterCard payment cards enabled them to purchase products from online international merchants and as a result, helped them to grow their businesses.

Bawa, a 26 year old entrepreneur, says: “My MasterCard story is a story about buying and selling, as simple as that may sound. I believe that life is much easier when you can sit down at the comfort of your own couch and conduct a financial transaction successfully.”

Other finalists described specific life-changing experiences, where having access to a payment card helped them to overcome challenging situations.

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