South African designer Eric Lindenberg is the second winner of an apartment in Safaricom’s MaishaNiMpesatu promotion.
Lindenberg was leaving a work meeting on Friday morning when a call came that he had won.
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“It was very surprising, at first I thought I was getting pranked, because who wins a house?” exclaimed Mr Lindenberg visibly exited.
However, the call was soon verified when music from the approaching caravan grew louder as comedian Chipukeezy led a bevy of dancers and a camera crew scanning the crowd for a still-perturbed Lindenberg.
Lindenberg is the second winner of a two bed-roomed apartment at the serene Richard Point Apartments off Kamiti Road.
This is following last week’s win by Mr James Njagi, a juakali artisan based in Nairobi’s Gikomba market.
Lindenberg has lived in Kenya for six years working as a designer and was introduced to M-Pesa after a friend made a transaction he found intriguing.
“I remember when I saw my friend withdraw money from an ATM without having an ATM card straight from his phone through M-Pesa,” he explains. “It was the first time I was seeing anyone do that and I found that to be very intriguing.”
Lindenberg said he uses M-Pesa frequently to manage his payroll and make payments to his employees.
He has a wife and two children and has not yet decided what he will do with the house.
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Five more houses are up for grabs in the campaign that will run for the next five weeks. Safaricom will also reward M-Pesa customers with over Sh100 million.