‘Let’s join hands to discover more heroic children in Nigeria’
Fourteen-year-old Salisu Ibrahim is a visually impaired pupil of Special Education Centre, Bauchi. He has been blind from birth. He is a cobbler, who puts the legs of the able bodied persons in shoes. Salisu, who spoke in Hausa, said: The sound of my customers presence gives me joy.”
He was one of the winners at this year’s Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria (IIDA), which took place in Lagos on Saturday.
This ninth edition of IIDA, sponsored by Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie noodles, was in partnership with Stanbic IBTC Bank and Daar Communications Plc.
Each awardee went home with NI,000, OOO from Dufil Prima in addition to donations from kind –hearted individuals and corporate organisations .
Another winner was a budding inventor, Babatimileyin Daomi. He is 15 but has creatively invented a vacuum cleaner, a functional radio. Babatimileyin, said: “ Please, make my dream a reality. I will not fail you.”
The third winner was a 15-year –old Favour Unwene. She came from Ikono, in Akwa Ibom State to clinch her N1,000,000 scholarship award in the social bravery category.
Favour saved a life. According to her, she visited her friends to see how they were fairing. Only to discover assassins had killed two of the family members. Her timely intervention saved the life other the third person. who as well been killed.
Speaking at the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dufil Prima Foods Plc., Mr. Deepak Singhal said: “ The award, which began in 2007, is unique and special., adding that this year’s winners will bring the total number of beneficiaries to 27.”
He thanked Stanbic IBTC Bank and Daar Communications Plc. for partnering with Dufil to make the event successful.
The Group Public Relations & Event Manager, Dufil Prima, Tope Ashiwaju said the main objective of the award was to identify, recognise and celebrate Nigerian heroic children, who have exhibited acts of heroism and bravery at one point or the other.
He said: “We believe that they need to be identified and celebrated publicly to encourage and inspire more selfless acts in these children.”
The Executive Director of Corona Schools, Mrs. Olufunto Igun, who headed the Panel of Judges for the section of this year’s awardees, said: “ There are more talented kids out there. Let us join hands to support the Nigerian child and discover more.”