Safaricom, on Wednesday, announced a winner to the seventh apartment worth 7.8 million shillings as the Maisha Ni M-PESA Tu promotion came to a close.
27-year-old Omar Hassan Muhumud from Eastleigh is the newest homeowner of an apartment in Kahawa Estate, Nairobi. Hassan supervises a slaughterhouse in Lucky Summer, Ruaraka.
“I had just arrived at work and I was alighting from a bodaboda when I received a call. I recognized Safaricom’s official number from the advertisements that have been running but I did not know what to expect. Once I was informed that I am the winner of the final apartment, I was excited beyond measure. I have heard about the promotion on the radio but I never expected to win anything,” said Hassan.
Hassan said that once he received the keys, he was likely to move in with his family that included five relatives he currently lives with at 12th Street Eastleigh.
Hassan said that M-PESA is an integral part of his life as he uses it for both work and personal expenses. He further informed that he uses M-PESA to send his mother, who lives in Mandera, money to cater for her upkeep and medical care, for shopping, making payments and work-related purposes such as banking proceeds from sales.
Previous apartment winners include Joseph Kung’u, a clearing and forwarding agent from Riruta, Mzee Juma Saidi, a Kampala based engineer from Mombasa, Benson Kilonzi, a jua kali artisan from Kitui, Jeniffer Kathure, a miraa trader from Meru, James Njagi, a metal artisan at Gikomba market and Eric Lindenberg, an interior designer who is a resident of Nairobi.
More than 570,000 M-PESA customers and over 6,000 agents have also won instant prizes including cash and float amounts of 2,000 shillings, 5,000 shillings, and 10,000 shillings.
“As the Maisha ni M-PESA Tu campaign comes to a close, I am glad that over half a million of our customers were rewarded for their loyalty to our products and services. We are especially proud to have done a campaign that is sure to transform the lives of the 7 lucky individuals who are now proud homeowners,” said Director Financial Services Safaricom, Sitoyo Lopokoiyit.
The eight-week-long promotion aimed at rewarding the over 28.6 million M-PESA customers and 150,000 agents with 300 million shillings in prizes. Seven lucky customers and eight lucky agents won an apartment and 1 million shillings in float respectively.