(L-R) Jacquie Muhati NCBA deputy director, marketing communications & citizenship and group head of brands NCBA Group, poses for a picture with NCBA Visa Olympic campaign winners Edwin Muriithi, Barbara Chesire, Pius Ngugi and Sheila Changangu marketing director, VISA Kenya at NCBA Centre Gardens, Nairobi.

The three winners were picked from a draw of over 40,000 NCBA Visa cardholders who qualified for the campaign

NCBA Bank Kenya in partnership with Visa, the official payments partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, is sending Edwin Muriithi, Barbara Chesire, Pius Ngugi as well  as  their companions for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to support Team Kenya  during the  forthcoming  global  event. 

Barbara, Edwin and Pius

The three qualified for the draw and won by transacting Kshs.  3,000 and above using their NCBA Visa cards at different points of sale. Barbara Chesire, co-founder and managing director of AB Entheos , is a business and personal banker with NCBA. She had originally planned a trip to Naivasha with her friend Nicole.  When she got the call that she had won,  the   plans quickly changed into an international girls’ trip.

Hailing from the city of champions, Eldoret, Barbara is very   excited about the opportunity to support the athletes who will be representing Kenya in the Paris Olympics. “I have never won anything in a competition before. This is truly exciting, as going to Paris was on my bucket list; NCBA and Visa have made it happen sooner than expected. I have been banking with NCBA for more than ten years, and for this, I am incredibly grateful. I never thought I would get to witness a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that is the Olympic Games,” said Barabara.

The second winner, Edwin Muriithi, is an interior designer and architect by profession. When he received the call that he had won, he initially thought it was a hoax.  But after Mary, his wife, confirmed the legitimacy of the call, the couple was   over the moon. Edwin, an avid sports lover and former rugby player, was especially thrilled to tick this experience off his bucket list.  The experience has   also delighted   Edwins’s wife since she will now   travel out of the country for the first time.  She recently got a passport.

Pius Ngugi, the third winner, is a software engineer from Meru who had never considered travelling to France. With his busy work life, he is excited to experience Paris for the first time with his wife and hopes that the much-needed break will strengthen their bond. His  kids  have been helping him with a French 101 class to prepare for the trip.  Unfortunately, they won’t accompany him to France.

Unique campaign

Speaking during the handover ceremony, NCBA Group retail banking director Tirus Mwithiga said:   “The NCBA Visa Paris 2024 Olympic Games campaign is a unique initiative that aims to bring the excitement of this global event closer to our customers.”  He added:  “This campaign has not only promoted the use of NCBA Visa cards, but also highlighted our commitment to providing exceptional value and experiences to our customers.”

In the same vein,   Eva-Ngigi Sarwari, country manager, Visa Kenya said: “I am excited for the winners have the chance to experience the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and get to cheer on team Kenya. This collaboration with NCBA was truly to add value and make our NCBA Visa cardholders feel appreciated, and we are grateful that we will be able to give these  six  individuals a once in a lifetime experience.”



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