By Andrew

The MTN sponsored weekly TV game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (WWTBAM) took a new dimension over the weekend, as sponsors MTN, rode on this platform to give out a house worth N50million naira to a deserving winner, Miss Omotola Akinsola, as part of its numerous surprise packages for Nigerians, in its on-going Season of Surprises campaign.

Special episodes of the TV game show tagged “Who Deserves To Be Surprised”, were aired on TV stations all over the country on the 21st and 28th December 2014, to the amazement of many viewers. Sponsors MTN, in conjunction with Ultima Limited, had called on Nigerians to nominate whoever they feel deserves to be surprised during this yuletide. Such a person, they said, must have influenced or touched their lives in a positive manner.

According to the organizers, many nominations were received in this regard and it took a painstaking process to select the eight nominees with the most compelling stories, to come and have a chance of making it to the hot seat, not only to play for the regular star prize of N10million, but to also have a surprise chance of winning a house worth N50millon, courtesy of MTN.

Of the eight nominees who were invited for the show, Omotola Akinsola, a Youth Corp member and Mrs Iyabode Olasumbo Sodiya-Dawodu were the lucky two, who made it to the hot seat. Omotola Akinsola made it to the hot seat in the first episode and won a sum of N250,000, while Mrs Iyabode Olasumbo Sodiya-Dawodu tried her luck during the second episode and also won a sum of N250,000. With both contestants at par, show host, Frank Edoho, ushered viewers into another anxious moment, as both Omotola and Iyabode were made to play the fastest finger game, so as to determine who wins the star prize of a N50m house.

Omotola's joy knew no bounds as she was announced winner, after being the fastest of the duo, to answer the N50m question. In an emotion laden voice, Omotola, expressed her happiness as she thanked MTN for surprising her in such a wonderful way. “This surprise largesse is an encouragement for me to do more and to follow my passion to a point that will influence the youth, even at a global level”, Omotola said.

Not done yet, MTN had another surprise package for the runner-up, Mrs Iyabode Olasumbo Sodiya-Dawodu, as show host, Frank Edoho, announced to the delight of the viewers, a surprise gift of a brand new KIA car to be presented to her. While expressing her joy at winning the car gift, an obviously elated Iyabode said it all came as a surprise to her, as she never envisaged it.

The star prize winner, Omotola Akinsola is a Director at Jumpstart Academy, a Non-Governmental Organisation that supports and currently sponsors more than two hundred and fifty public secondary school students in the area of counseling and tutorials. According to her, she recruits mentors from various universities within the country, to help in achieving her aim of motivating the youth in the society. Surprisingly, it was for this reason that Omotola was nominated for the “Who Deserves To Be Surprised” show by her friend, Mr Mayowa Daniel, who said he was moved by the passion, dedication and sacrifice that Omotola has displayed so far, in motivating the youth in the society.

Through its Season of Surprises campaign, MTN, has since the 1st of November 2014, created lot of exciting moments all over the country as the Company continues to unveil various surprise packages for Nigerians.

MTN SEASON OF SURPRISES: N50m house winner, Omotola Akinsola (right), brand new car winner, Mrs Iyabode Olasunmbo Sodiya-Dawodu (middle), and Omotola Akinsola's nominator, Mr Mayowa Daniel(left), displaying the dummy key to the N50m house won by Omotola Akinsola, at the end of the 'Who Deserves To Be Surprised' TV game show, at Ultima Studios, Lekki, recently.

MTN SEASON OF SURPRISES: Hip-hop act, Sound Sultan (right), poses with Mrs Iyabode Olasunmbo Sodiya-Dawodu(left) as she shows off the key to her brand new KIA, which she won, courtesy of the 'Who Deserves To Be Surprised' TV game show, at Ultima Studios, Lekki, recently.

MTN SEASON OF SURPRISES: Proud winner of MTN's N50million house, Omotola Akinsola, displays the dummy key to her house, at the end of the 'Who Deserves To Be Surprised' TV game show, held at Ultima Studios, Lekki, recently.