Leading noodles brand, Indomie Noodles, once again honoured children who exhibited bravery and heroism through its annual Independence Day Awards (IIDA). As actors receive Oscars and other awards for acting in movies, these children are being celebrated by Indomie Noodles for their role in the biggest stage in the world. Life.
One of the winners this year, 15 year old Babatimileyin Daomi, received the ‘Intellectual Bravery Award’ for multiple inventions such as a vacuum cleaning machine, a radio set and many other high tech gadgets.
The ‘Physical Bravery Award’ was joyfully received by 11 year old Favour Uwene from Akwa Ibom State. He carted the coveted award for his alertness and gallantry, as he helped apprehend a murderer, who having killed two sisters, was on the verge of slaying the third.
Social Bravery Award was claimed by 12 year old visually impaired Ibrahim Salisu who hails from Bauchi state. Salisu clinched One Million Naira prize money alongside other donations worth several millions from kind-hearted individuals and corporate organisations present. This money will help will assist Ibrahim Salisu’s family to cater for him, ensure he attends school and provide him with other things as they deem necessary.
Salisu, despite being visually impaired from birth, defied all odds, overcame his challenge as learnt the tedious art of shoe-making. Salisu is today a dignified cobbler who puts smiles on the faces of his teeming customers.
Speaking at the event, Group Managing Director, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Deepak Singhal said: “the aim of the IIDA is to identify, recognise and celebrate Nigerian children who have displayed acts of heroism and bravery, defying every logic and limitations with their actions went ahead become role models to other children and indeed to so many adults. We seek to encourage and promote this spirit which is vital to nation building.”
The event took place at Federal Palace Hotel with captain of industry, celebrities, government agencies representatives, students from different schools and media men in attendance.
Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria has so far recorded a huge success in the last nine editions. The award has rewarded a total of 27 winners who have also received rewards in the form of scholarship prizes worth several millions of Naira and impacting in the lives of the awardees and their family positively.
The first edition was held in the year 2008, took a different turn, as additional winners emerged from the 3 different award categories which are: the ‘Social Bravery Category’, ‘Physical Bravery Category’ and the ‘Intellectual Bravery Category’; with each winner clinching a scholarship prize worth One Million Naira.
The ninth Indomie Independence Day Award (IIDA) was sponsored by Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of delicious Indomie Noodles, Stanbic IBTC Bank and DAAR Communications Plc.