The economic disruption caused by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic has left several people financially strained.
MTN Uganda, through its MoMo Nyabo promotion, has come out to give back to its customers in form of cash prizes to help them rebuild financially and take care of their accumulated bills following the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.
Dubbed "MoMo Nyabo Together" this year, winners stand a chance to win hard cash for themselves and their loved ones or communities as opposed to the cars which were given out in the previous MoMo Nyabo promotions.
Today we bring you the first winners of this promotion that is aimed at rebuilding together.
28-year-OLD Henry Otafiire, a business man living with his parents in Najjera, a Kampala suburb, was the first winner to receive a phone call from Patricko Mujuuko and Zahara Toto, the hosts of this year's show.
Otafiire, an ardent user of the MTN MoMo service, successfully answered all four questions about the service correctly. Each question was worth sh800,000.
Otafiire, at the end of the game, managed to bag himself a whopping sh4.2m.
Bridget Kitimbo, a laboratory technologist at the Mulago hospital sickle cell department, was the second winner of this year's MoMoNyabo promotion.
"It seemed like a big joke at first but I have been seeing the Prosper advert on Television. So, I quickly believed that I was a winner!" said an excited Kitimbo.
Kitimbo has been using MTN Mobile Money to buy airtime, internet data, voice bundles and paying for her shopping using MoMo Pay. Unknown to her, she was automatically entered into a draw where she emerged a winner.
Subsequently, the MoMoNyabo team visited her workplace where she had to answer a few simple questions to win cash for her and her loved ones.
At the end of the day, Kitimbo won a total of sh3.4m. She took sh2.2m while her father, James Kisambira, got sh1.2m that was instantly transferred to their phones. Her dummy cheque was presented to her by Emmanuel Thoryek, a Trade Manager from MTN Uganda. He encouraged her and all MTN subscribers to keep using MTN MoMo.
This year's promotion has made it possible for a winner to also nominate a beneficiary that way also standing with another during these rather difficult times because at the end of the day we are all in this together.
Kitimbo said that with the recent lockdown, Public transport fares have been high, something that was a big challenge for her since she has to commute to work every day.
Above everything, Kitimbo's greatest desire has for long been to upgrade her education but she was limited by finances. However, with the money she won from the MTN MoMo Nyabo Together promotion, her dream can materialize.
"Seeing is believing," Kitimbo said as she received the mobile money message alert. Her joy and excitement could not be hidden. She ululated as she said indeed the promotion is real and anyone can stand a chance to win.
Otafiire, an entrepreneur dealing in the production of yoghurt whose business was hit during the lockdown, said that he now has capital to re-invest in his business. COVID-19 really disrupted many businesses and Otafiire's was not an exception. However, his continued MoMo transactions have seen him win some money that he is going to reinvest into his business.
Just like this year's campaign slogan, MoMo Nyabo Together, Otafiire was granted the opportunity to share the money he won with someone or community of his choice. Of this money, Otafiire got to share sh1.6m with his beneficiary while he remained with sh2.6m. His sister, Nankunda Fiona, reaped from this after being nominated as a beneficiary.
Otafiire, when asked why he decided to choose his sister, said: "We suffer together and enjoy together."
Aggrey Byaruhanga, MTN's Regional Marketing Manager, handed Otafiire his dummy cheque and congratulated as well as thanked him for actively using the MTN service. Byaruhanga proceeded to send the money he had won to his mobile money wallet.
Otafiire's sister wasn't home at the time when the money was sent. However when Otafiire called her to confirm whether she had received her share of the money, an excited Nankunda could be heard over the phone screaming having confirmed that indeed she had received sh1.6m.
Byaruhanga encouraged Ugandans to embrace the convenience that comes with transacting using mobile money. According to him, one is able to go about their different businesses at the comfort of their homes, offices and anywhere else.
Otafiire encouraged all MTN subscribers to make good use of the MoMo services because once one uses these services, they automatically stand a chance to win and win big.
Apart from the winners called in studio, 250 people win sh50,000 directly every day. All you have to do is pay using MTN MoMo and stand a chance to win.
Use Mobile Money to pay for everything including airtime, data, voice bundles, yaka, water, television subscription and so much more. Watch the live draw game shows every weekday at 8.20pm on NBS TV and Bukedde TV hosted by Zahara Tooto and Patricko Mujuuka. You could be the next winner because with MoMo Nyabo together, everyone is a winner.