‘How Sterling Bank Helped My Dream of Visiting Dubai’


Ugo Aliogo

Recently Sterling Bank Plc unveiled a new promo tagged 1dament to reward its existing and new customers. The promo which kicked off in the first week of December 2017, coincided with the Christmas season and the New Year, and will end in March.

At the first general draws held in Lagos recently, 139 customers of the bank won various prizes. The customers were selected via an electronic raffle draw system and winners emerged from various parts of the country. The event was witnessed by officials of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB), National Lottery Regulatory Commission and Akintola Williams Deloitte as well as senior officials of the bank.
Mr. Okpara Obiora Damian, one of the lucky winners of the all-expense paid trip to an international holiday destination, was full of gratitude to Sterling Bank for making his desire to travel to Dubai a reality.

Damian, who currently works in Awka, Anambra State as an audit personnel with Cosmila Suites and Hotels, said, “I did not hear about the promo until I was called by an official of the bank that I had won an all-expense paid trip to an international holiday destination in the on-going promo. Initially, I was surprised since I did not know that the bank was running a promo until I confirmed it from my account officer.

“This is the greatest benefit I have won in my life and therefore I am grateful to the bank for the prize. I am also grateful to the bank for giving me the opportunity to travel to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate to spend the Valentine’s Day. It’s something I would have loved to do on my own, but it has made it easier for me for free. I am looking forward to having fun during the trip. I have heard so many people talk about Dubai and I have desired it. I’m happy that Sterling Bank has made my dream a reality.”

Damian said he likes the bank’s mobile banking app and the internet banking platform, adding that the services of the bank are also very good. He opened the account while he was still serving as a youth corper in one of the local government areas in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in 2012 for his NYSC allowance to be paid into it.

According to him, “it was my Allawee account.” Explaining how he became a customer of the bank, Damian said some officials of the bank and those of another bank came to market banking activities to them and he decided to go with Sterling Bank.

Interestingly, after his national youth service programme, he abandoned the account and it was sometime last year that he went to reactivate it. “See what Sterling Bank has done for me! It’s been fantastic experience over the years,” he enthused.

“I don’t think there will be any more recommendation than this prize that I have won,” he said while responding to a question on whether he would recommend the bank to family members and friends.
“This prize is already enough recommendation,” he said.

Commenting on the promo, Chief Marketing Officer, Sterling Bank, Henry Bassey, said, “Sterling Bank is in the business of making its loyal customers happy, thus the 1dament promo. It is a season of joy and since we care at Sterling Bank, we have decided to make this season and the first quarter of the New Year memorable for our loyal customers as they come first in the scheme of things.”

Some of the prizes of the promo include a grand prize which is a home in Lekki, Lagos; all-expense paid trips for eight customers to watch select World Cup matches in Russia, all-expense paid trips to watch select English Premiere League/Champions League matches for another eight customers. Also, 20 winners will each win a trip to an international holiday destination while 512 customers will win N100, 000