Blantyre man, 28 wins Airtel K25m Toyota Prado

By Thom Chiumia, Nyasa Times

A 28-year-old Blantyre resident, Martin Dyton, who works at DAPP has emerged the winner of Airtel Malawi’s ultimate prize, Toyota Prado vehicle in the Lololo Fiesta Promotion. The market value of the vehicle is estimated at K25 million (about $165 000).

The grand draw was held on Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe and the lucky number which was drawn was 0993530432.

However, then the phone was switched off and later  it kept being ‘busy’ as the number was revealed live on Zodiak Radio and MBC TV.

But at a news conference held at Airtel offices on Wednesday, the winner phoned the company saying his handset was faulty.

Toyota Prado; Airtel's grand prize in Lololo promotion

In a phone conversation aired live on Zodiak radio, Dyton said he was excited to have won the vehicle though he doesn’t know how to drive.

He  spoke with Airtel Public Relations manager Edith Tsilizani calling using the winning digits.

Dyton said his handset is faulty but leart from Zodiak Radio’s live broadcast that he had won a Toyota Prado. He said when he switched on his phone, it was flooded with calls.

“I was so excited. I failed to sleep,” said Dyton in a phone conversation monitored live  on Zodiak radio. He works at DAPP Bangwe weaving factory.

Enwell Kadango, marketing manager for Airtel, said the company ill handover the vehicle on Friday.

Kadango said the promotion was the company’s way of thanking customers for embracing the Airtel brand.

Beatrice Mwambene, a tomato seller at Kasowa market in the northern district of Karonga, also won a Toyota pickup truck in the competition.

Airtel managing director Saulos Chilima said his company was happy to have given out the 10 new Toyota Hilux pickups  each cost around K5  million (about $33 000), Nokia  handsets, shopping vouchers and other branded T-shirts and caps.

“We will continue to create more opportunities for our customers to have a meaningful partnership with Airtel,” Chilima said.

The competition also benefited the corporate world, including Toyota Malawi from where Airtel bought 10 Toyota pick-up trucks and a Toyota Prado as major prizes in the competition.

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