In the euphoria of the Children's Day celebrations, the popular MTN-sponsored family television show, ‘Who Wants To be A Millionaire', commences its annual Children's Special Edition today. The popular television show franchise, which has incorporated several spinoffs within the show, including celebrity and Valentine's Day editions, amongst others, will once again accommodate children between the ages of 8 and 13 on the popular hot seat.
Speaking at a press conference held yesterday in Ikeja, Innocent Oboh, master brand manager, MTN Nigeria, highlights the importance of MTN's Who Wants to Be A Millionaire Children's Special Edition.
"The Children's' Special Edition is one of the special editions of Who Wants To be A Millionaire, designed to reward, encourage and stimulate the culture of academic excellence among primary and secondary school children across the country by giving them the opportunity to play for N10 million. The prize money is, however, released to them only as scholarship,"Oboh said.
Past editions of Who Wants To be A Millionaire's Children's Special Edition have been graced by young intelligent kids who walk out of the show with various cash prizes. Among them include 12-year-old Mubarak Alaaya, a junior secondary school student of Vale College in Ibadan, who won a million naira; Teniola Tope-Ojo, a junior secondary 2 student of Holy Child College, Ikoyi, Lagos, bagged in N2 million naira; and Ihuoma Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, a student at Christ the Redeemer's College, Sagamu, also won himself a N1 million naira scholarship.
Revealing why the show decides to award these prizes as scholarships rather than in cash, Tunji Adebakin, general manager of Ultima Studios, revealed that although the money is made available and managed by Skye Bank, the funds will only be accessed for education purposes.
"The prize is to cater for the education of the winner," he said. We don't want a situation where the parents of the winning student end up mismanaging the prize."
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