Sunday, 3 March 2013

How I won free 180,000 Naira shopping from Woolworths Nigeria.

                            George Essien, Mrs Akpan (Woolworths Officer) & Winner of the 180,000 naira free shopping (Ibilola Essien)

Have I mentioned I love shopping? I have scaled down a bit though. But not before my passion got me an unexpected reward.

It all started sometime when I had gone to the Woolworths store at the Palms in Lekki in 2012 to purchase a gift for a friend. I was a regular there because they catered to my mature classy need. (Or so i think). And even when i am not shopping, i look around so that if i see something i really liked i could come back to purchase.

 On that particular day, I was asked to fill a form so I could get a loyalty card. I didn't argue or ask questions. I did it sharply (I mean I am all for anything that will get me discounts, abi). 

Subsequently, when I went to purchase things I would whip out my card so they could put the amount against my loyalty card. I didn't expect anything save discounts now and then.

So imagine my surprise when I received a call on the 21st of February, 2013 from 'Lauretta' (the store manager)  that I had won 180,000 Naira worth of free shopping. Initially I thought the caller was a scam artist who had chosen me as prey. And I think because she knew how such a call may be perceived, she immediately told me that I wasn't required to pay any money. (Correct girl)

She followed the telephone call with an email three days later, requesting that I fill the form and print a copy and take to the store.  In addition, I received a text message congratulating me and two other winners. At this point, I was convinced it might actually be true. 

On the 28th of February, I made up my mind to go shop because one of the terms and condition was that I had to shop between the 24th of February & the 3rd of March, 2013. I arrived there late in the day but was determined to do justice with my win. (I even took my husband who I had guilt tripped into joining me from work, yea, that is how I do)

 Woolworths came through and even though I find their things rather pricey these days and have been tempted to shift my attention to the new 'MAX' store instead, I guess their loyalty card has attracted some sort of loyalty from me to them. And I will be.

So I report that the 180,000 free shopping prize is not a hoax. We shall see whether other stores will borrow from them.

                                              Yours truly, the free 180,000 Woolworths shopping crew.


  1. Hmmmmmmmm. Congrats Lola and Mighty. But pls, hope you guys got freebies for me as well? Else, go and hide before I return! @ George...see what luck shopping has brought? Lol. Enjoy n all d best!

  2. Hahaha! Nice piece sis..ur shoppaholic nature paid off *wink* :)