The 9th edition of the Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria (IIDA), an initiative of Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Nigeria’s leading noodles brand - Indomie Instant Noodles will hold on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. 

The 2016 edition of the Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria promises to be a very exciting event, as the crème de la crème of the society including top government functionaries, captains of industries and members of Nigeria/Africa entertainment communities are expected to be in attendance to celebrate heroism and bravery of the Nigerian Child.

According to the Group Public Relations & Events Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, “Our goal is to establish a platform that will continue to recognise and reward heroism and bravery in young children. This year’s edition promises to be distinctive as the award enjoys the partnership with DAAR Communications and Stanbic IBTC”.

Ashiwaju explained that the three winners for this year’s edition were carefully selected out of the 15 finalists after a thorough assessment of the stories shortlisted in line with the set criteria for the three award categories - Intellectual, Physical and Social bravery by the respected panel of Judges for this year’s edition of the award under the distinguished chairmanship of the Executive Director of Corona Schools, Mrs. Olufunto Igun.

Other members of the panel were: Mr. Jimi Disu, a broadcaster and resident analyst on FRONT PAGE NEWS on Classic FM, Mr. Abraham Obomeyoma Ogbodo, Editor, The Guardian newspaper, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), Dr. Yemi Oke, a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Mrs. Ngozi Igbokwe, Founder and Executive Director, Bales of Mercy Orphanage Home and Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, a social empowerment advocate and child protection specialist.

Commenting after the conclusion of the selection process, the Chairman of the 2016 judges sitting, Mrs. Olufunto Igun, said “It is indeed a great privilege to be a member of this Judges panel. I must confess that IIDA is such a laudable initiative that will continue to impact the lives of children positively.”

The IIDA award which has been running for nine years, extols the exemplary accomplishments of children who have shown courage and determination in situations that ordinarily would bring fear. The 2016 edition of the award is supported by Daar Communications and Stanbic IBTC Bank. The support from Daar Communication provides IIDA with the opportunity to utilise DAAR Communications Plc platforms – RAYPOWER, AIT and FAAJI FM for guest appearances, news coverage and advert spot bookings.

The three lucky winners of the three award categories - Intellectual, Physical and Social bravery for this year’s edition of the award are expected to win the sum of N1,000,000.00 worth of scholarship each. The three winners for this year will bring to 27, the total number of awardees that have benefited from this initiative.