N64 Million Winner of MTN’s Ultimate Wonder “Win an Aeroplane” Promo, Gladys Ebube speaks on Her Plans, Relationship, Family & More

The MTN Ultimate Wonder “Win An Aeroplane” Promo was perhaps one of the most controversial promotions ever run by a telecommunication company in Nigeria. When news went viral that MTN was going to offer one of its subscribers a  Cessna 182T aircraft or its cash equivalent, many people doubted the authenticity of the promo.

However, after a draw held in Lagos on November 13, 2012, a  27-year-old student of the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Gladys Ebube  Essien-Garricks was announced winner of the promo.

Ebube, who is a 300-level student of Radiography disclosed that she had never dreamt of owning so much money in her lifetime. She comes from a modest family background of eight children, where she is the seventh.

She told Punch in a recent interview that she could not remember taking part in the lottery. At the time of the draw, her number was blocked and so she was contacted through her family friend’s number which was the last contact  she made before her line was disconnected.

I was surprised when I was called by a family friend that I had won because I thought it was not real. Before then, I had never played any game concerning MTN. Ironically my SIM card was blocked at the time. I had a code on my phone which I forgot and in the process of trying to decode it, my line was blocked.

“When he told me, I just told him to forget about it that it was the handiwork of 419 people. But later a lady called me from MTN to confirm it. I then asked her to unblock my line to convince me. She did so and it was at that point that I realised my fortune.

 “I have never fainted in my life before, so when they called the amount I did not faint. I just became thirsty, I kept asking for water and I kept smiling, again and again. I thought I was dreaming but with the kind of people I have been shaking hands with, people hugging me, asking to take photographs with me, I think it’s an act of God. I can imagine how many numbers they played and mine was singled out, just like that,” she said.

Speaking on why she opted  for cash equivalent instead of the airplane, she asked, ” If I took the plane, where would I park it?  I just told them it was the cash I really wanted and nothing else. I was not persuaded to take cash. If it is something I worked for, I would argue but I never laboured for it. They said either the plane or the cash equivalent and I chose the cash.”

Ebube is not in a hurry to spend the money. She will let it ‘breathe some fresh air in the bank’ while she completes her education, she says. She now wants to be an “employer of labour” and would use the money to  give her aging parents and siblings a ‘new life’. “God just wants to use me to bless the family so everybody has a share in it,” she said.

Ebube Garricks with her brother

She says she is single and when she is ready for marriage, she would not go for anyone who is interested in her money.

I know what love is,” she notes. “People are calling to ask my parents if I am married, some others are giving them promises. Even on the internet, I don’t have a Facebook account but someone has opened one in my name. If anyone is coming because of my money, I promise the person that he will not get a dime because I will make sure he doesn’t.

51 Comments on N64 Million Winner of MTN’s Ultimate Wonder “Win an Aeroplane” Promo, Gladys Ebube speaks on Her Plans, Relationship, Family & More
  • Nawa November 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Lmao she is funny

  • omomark November 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    lol.lucky girl.big congrats

  • Doks November 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    lozzzz. I looove her closing statement. Sharpito! All the best jare, notin do you

  • Laila Ikeji November 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    lol, stingy gurl. laffssssss.

  • pharmadesuwa November 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    congrats first. but since she dint participate and her line was blocked, how did she emerge winner?

  • versence November 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Stingy Kee? abii Smart! Bring it on love

  • Bibi November 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

    She hasn’t met world famous players and pretenders. I wish her all the best.

  • Tessa November 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Happy for you, girl!
    Just do something that will outlive you with the money.
    Put God first also, seek Him and you can’t go wrong.

  • Chattyzee November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    oh well, good for her and all the best.


  • Ajab November 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    You said my mind, most intelligent advice for her. Put people inside money and many would still come out poor, get creative, make a mark

  • hayediran kelvin November 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Nice one for you. God will surely D̶̲̥̅̊Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ mine.

  • adeniyi November 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Mtn call me with 180 that  have win,150 thousand,that  shoul cum and collect it on 23rd of noveber is’t real?

  • Amaewhule Ellä November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Bäbe pls be careful wit d pple u call ur frndz now,nd be prayerful ooh… let nó wicked uncle nd aunt remember in Jesus name.

  • ENOBONG NSEOBONG November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm


  • Caska November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    A student without facebook account in today’s Nigeria ,i doubt the authenticity of this promo.

    • hmm November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Believe it or not even in the western world….not everyone has fbook….talk more of a country like Nigeria where not everyone has internet so what is fbook?

    • franc November 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      I have like countless number of friends, ladies and guys that don’t have facebook account. my own babe has but I am the one that helps her check most times. She hardly use it. And she is a graduate, working in a telecom company.

  • Sunday November 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Ebube, Allow God in your thinking, He is first and the last. Let God be first in this matter. 2nd use it on a biz that will out-live you (residual income). thank you.
    (please get this message across to her….)

  • onuorah william November 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    baby girl rejoice for God’ve done it for u. K

  • cj November 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    “People are calling to ask my parents if I am married – *smh* Gladys, aren’t you lucky – I hope you make wise investments with this windfall


  • Nnaemeka Gift November 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    My dear congrats,wish u all d best nd 1 more thing SPEND WISELY!

  • modupe oluwa Abiola November 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Pls think very well and use it well

  • Ajoke November 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    64 million naira is like a little over 400 thousand US dollars…That money can go a LONG way if she allocates and spends it wisely. Congrats to her!

  • Lulu November 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Lolllllllzzzzz…She’s funny, but quite down to earth! All the best, but always remember, money is not everything, so always stay grounded!

  • Robert William November 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    64 million is no joke. I would advice you invest in real estate and bonds because they do not get devalued but add value. Stay out of stocks and business until you are really schooled in them. But first take a break and go to Miami. GOD BE UR STRENGTH!

  • michael November 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thank God 4 ur life, and Makesure u pay ur tithe

  • iamfascinating November 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    ewooo, Gladys, you’re truly blessed!

  • henry November 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    GOD be praise , GOD dat done it for u surely will c me too. I pray for ur wise spending and a GOD’s strength.

  • faith November 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Michael u must b a pastor…lol looking for your cut of the money thru tith…lol…

  • Unique boy November 23, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Congrats loll,bt dis MTN even r sometin,some1 who did nt took part @ all n she won #64m jst like dat…

  • Engr. Emem Linus November 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    babygirl,wel, is the Lord doing! pls, think b4 embark on any business…….seek the face of God. many He give you the wisdom……Amen.

  • Engr. Emem Linus November 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    i’m so happy for you …..Girl.

  • ofragene rukevwe November 24, 2012 at 12:20 am

    dis is a vry big scam n dubious act done by MTN.After u must av connived wit d gal.shame on u MTN.

  • Noah November 24, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Wow life is full of suprises tins workout like dat but most 2 important things is dat 1 make sure u pay ur tith dnt let dat tith money b much 4 u to pay 2cndly be mindful of every step u make especialy at skull bcos dis is d time u will face many battle dat will over come ur wisdow lik never b4 put GOD first and be prayerful gud luck

  • didi November 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    c god has a way of bless sum girl with m64 u can do anytin ok talk 2 god about it and invest it and in sum years time u will b a multi-milo don’t ans any guy all they wont is ur money ok b wise god bless u more

  • odyson November 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    To God be the glory for what He had done for u. I thank God for ur life.

  • Dsparkyz November 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Am jst hapi 4 u qurl…such is lyf; God has His own way ov doinq tinz!
    …u qat 2b vry careful nw,spend ysly n enjoy ur lyf!

  • White November 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I just leant one tyn here, Guys make money 2 spend on girls bt girls make money ad they are afried of guy coming close. Prety girl, if u let dat money take over ur thought u’ll end up life tym spinster dat is if u realy won any.

  • White November 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    At least u have a boy friend so wot are u waiting 4, dot get urself confused.. Hook up wit at once.

  • Chukwu stephen ike November 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Young lady i just want u to understand dat what hard happened is just GOd doing.pls remeber to help pple around n de motherless baby home n also thank God for urself.enjoy ur money.

  • Jonathan November 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I wish u and ur family de very best of Enjoyment. God has lifted u ppl up and he will never let u ppl down. Enjoy……….!!!!!!

  • sammywisdom November 30, 2012 at 1:31 am

    U’re bless my dear, congrate. But make use of the money wit inteligence nd respect. Don’t just bcose of the money and luke down on ur fellow mates in school, home, road. Congrate ******** be great.

  • austine November 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

    GOD hs realy shwn u lv, so if u hvnt givn ur life 2 Christ pls do it quickly nd serve HIM all d rest of ur life.

  • Christian December 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Gurl jxt kip ur money tite. Dn’t use it 2 go date 2face or Basketmouth!!.

  • Emmanuel udofia December 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Who knew Gladys b4? But 2day she iz nw a millionare. GLADYZ IZ BLESS.

  • olamilekan December 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    god is grate imagin a girl without fb account girl u hav make it to d top but remmber god in way and pay ur tithe is just N6.4m pls pay ur tithe may god be with u young millonier

  • Caleb December 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Oh god i am speechless,and i am very happy for her and also jealous but anyway,my advice is dat she spends the money wisely because Opportunity they say “comes but once”.

  • stanleylemanya December 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

    great man from imo state nigeria

  • Esty December 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Wow..!wat a gud news..nyc comments,but..u shud first giv ur tithe,sevre god faithfully,,cos u hv no excuse,dnt under rate ur equals then..,invest wisely..seek God’s guidence.u can’t go wrng..God bless u…kisses..!!

  • kio onisomise ekine December 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

    with tears in my eyes, when i was told abt it.i did not believe. bcos nigerians are fund of that, sister pls be ur self, rember one tenth to give to God bcos he knows why. we are still in 9ga praying for u

  • Post a comment