The winner of the star prize return air ticket to London Lucy Emelia Kamara has been left renewing her faith as she contemplates whether winning the prize was truly a gift from God.
An ardent Christian who worships at the Jesus Is Lord Ministry at Tower Hill, Lucy told Awoko that she had just come from Church on Sunday, where the pastor had prophesised that someone would receive extra blessings on that same Sunday.
Lucy revealed that she had left the church for about an hour and was on her way home when she got the call from the SLBS TV studios with someone informing her that she had won the star prize.
Lucy delivered an ear splitting scream on the phone when she was told by MC Dennis Nelson-Streeter. The scream was so loud and continuous that Streeter had to move the phone away on an outstretched arm as he allowed Lucy to express her emotions.
At the Awoko office Monday where she came to collect her prize Lucy said “I felt so good and so blessed, I thank God for this wonderful privilege.”
“I later called my pastor and informed him about the development, and he was very happy for me”
She disclosed that she submitted ten entries for the raffle draw and that she started participating almost as soon as the raffle started on April 10th, and “I was not expecting to win the star prize. My aim was to win the weekly draw.”
“One of my workmates mocked me when I did not win the weekly prize but I promised her that I was going to win the star prize. I thank God that what I said has come to pass,” she said.
“I’ve been reading Awoko for the past three years, what I like most about the newspaper are its articles which are very objective and the news items also which are very current.”
She urged Sierra Leoneans, who have not been reading Awoko, to start reading the newspaper as it is the best in town.
The return air ticket was handed presented to Ms Lucy Emelia Kamara by the Editor Kelvin Lewis.
In another development, Alhaji Umaru Bah, who won the Celtel donated prize of one Nokia 6020 phone and a SIM pack, also said “I feel honoured to have won this prize.”
He revealed that his favourite column was the sport section which he says keeps him abreast of international sporting events, despite the fact that he also reads every news item in the paper.
The Liverpool Football Club supporter pledged that he would continue to subscribe to Awoko newspaper on a regular basis.
Also Professional photographer Abdul Aziz Mansaray, who won two Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) savings account with a hundred thousand Leones (Le.100,000) as start up said, “this is a great help I have received from Awoko for me to educate my two children.”
Mr Mansaray, who was the very first winner of the weekly raffle draw in April, said “I feel so good… I have been reading Awoko for the past five years.”
Prizes were donated by Guaranty Trust Bank (5 savings account openings each worth Le100,000 totalling Le500,000).
ECOBANK (2 children’s regular savings account each worth Le600,000 and totalling Le1.2million)
Celtel (one 5,000 unit and ten 1,000 units top up cards totalling 15,000 units and worth Le450,000 and one Nokia 6020 costing Le 300,000 and sim pack all totalling Le755,000)
Freetown Cold Storage (4 crate soft drinks – Le120,000 and 2 T-shirts plus 2 base ball caps and 2 umbrellas),
Sierra Leone Brewery (One Rolex Heineken watch, one star umbrella, one T-shirt and one Heineken travelling bag all worth – Le1.7million)
DHL (half kilograms package to any destination worldwide costing minimum over a million Leones)
Friend of Awoko (One DVD player) and another
Friend of Awoko (One rechargeable light)
The Editor expressed his grateful thanks to all the prize donors emphasising that this is a non profit making venture, and Awoko Publications will continue to live up to its corporate social responsibility by giving something back to its valued readers.
The one year duration British Airways return air ticket costing three million eight hundred and eighty two thousand Leones (Le3,882,000/00) was paid for by the management of Awoko Newspaper.
Since the start of the draw on April 10th this year, 36 weekly prizes of bags of rice and onions were awarded to the 36 lucky winners for the18 week duration.
226,935 newspapers were produced and sold yet only 3,972 entries were submitted nationwide for the raffle draw.
19 people won different prizes during the final draw at SLBS TV which was also broadcast live on SLBS radio FM-99.9, SKYY FM-106.6, and Citizen radio FM-103.