It was a celebration of the heroism and bravery of the Nigerian child at the 11th edition of the Indomie Independence Day Awards tagged #IIDA2018 held at the Federal Palace Hotel on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Present at the event were captains of industry, heads of corporate organisations, top dignitaries, celebrities, stakeholders and the friends and family of awardees.
The Indomie Independence Day Awards is an annual celebration put together by Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie, to acknowledge children who rose up to the challenges of life to become heroes not necessarily by the size of their physical strength, but by the strength of their hearts.
There are three different categories, which include the Intellectual Bravery, Social Bravery and Physical Bravery Awards. This year, a total of three brave children were awarded.
The Physical Bravery Award acknowledges children 15 years and below who at great personal risk save lives by their actions thus preventing extensive damage to property or others. The Intellectual Bravery Award is given to children 15 years and younger with innate ability to and invent technology that are functional and useful despite physical, emotional, mental and financial limitation. The Social Bravery Award is given to children 15 years and younger who are able to identify a cause within the society, get the community involved and push it.
This year’s Intellectual Bravery Award prize of N1,000,000 was awarded to Elijah Ephraim Umanah, a thirteen year old student for his development of a reading glasses with rear tochlight, a solar panel and USB ports to charge phones an invention he named Trispecs.
David Ayomide Pepple, a nine year old boy that used recycling to raise money for the medical treatment of his brother who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy won the Social Bravery prize and was awarded the sum of N100,000. For his selfless act, Indomie announced that the brand will be sponsoring the medical of Ayodele’s brother. Mr. Hashish and Mr. Gerish of Quantum Packaging added an extra N500,000 for Ayomide’s brother’s medical treatment.
The highlight of the event was the story of Victor Olayiwola, a boy of 16 who suffered leg amputation trying to save his mother from accident at the age of nine. Olayiwola took home the prize for the sum of N1,000,000 for the Physical Bravery Award. Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy, moved by his act of bravery added another one million naira while Mr. Hashish and Mr. Gerish of Quantum Packaging added an extra N500,000 for a total sum of N2,500,000.
Founder of Rise Networks and Social Entrepreneur in Youth and Education Development, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji delivered the Keynote speech at the event.
The Indomie Independence Day Awards was compered by actor and television personality, Yemi Sodimu who was ably assisted by singer and actress, Bisola Aiyeola. The event had in attendance a bevy of celebrities including Don Jazzy, Princess, Kenny Ogungbe, Sound Sultan, Odogwu, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, Agatha Amata, Lolo and a host of others.