Heroic Nigerian Children Win Dufil’s 2021 Scholarship Award

Oluchi Chibuzor
In recognition of their heroic exploits, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, has rewarded three more Nigerian Children who emerged winners of their 2021 Indomie Independence Day Awards (IIDA), with a multi-million scholarship award.

This, the company said, was in continuation of its renowned Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for children.

During this year’s award, which took place in Lagos, Master Joshua Agboola, Master Elijah Daniel Emenka and Miss Favour Sunday, won the Intellectual, Physical and Social Bravery categories of the award respectively, thereby going home with multi-million naira scholarships.

In his welcome address, Chief Executive Officer of Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Adhi Narto said, “IIDA reflects the importance and belief of our company in the extraordinary qualities of the Nigerian child, which must never be ignored, but rather, celebrated and rewarded. This is in consonance with our core values and deep-rooted belief that in every child lays the seed of greatness. A belief that the child heroes we are celebrating have reinforced once again having pushed the limits of courage and performance to a new level.”

Adhi said: “As a brand, we at Indomie feel we need to celebrate our unsung heroes- Nigerian children, who are doing extraordinary jobs, without being celebrated. This year, we received hundreds of entries and when we go through those entries, we were amazed to see the kind of work Nigerian children is doing. They are doing something brave that even 40-year-old people would think twice before they do them. We salute those children.”

In his keynote address, Honourable Dayo Israel, Executive Permanent Board Member, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board while relaying his educational experience, commended Dufil Prima Foods for the IIDA initiative and emphasised the need for every Nigerian child to be empowered through quality and scientific-oriented education.

“It is commendable for an organisation like Dufil Prima Foods to have stayed consistent to doing social responsibility programmes the way she has been doing it, by making substantial contributions to the growth and development of Nigerian children, without necessarily getting something in return, ” he noted.

However, Daniel, 11 years Old from Akwa Ibom and whose story of heroism evoked emotions from the IIDA audience, was adjudged the winner of the Physical Bravery category for saving sister causing harm to himself.

He saw his sister gasping for breath from an asthmatic attack. He ran to get her inhaler and broke through the louvers in his haste, which poked his eye leaving him partially blind in his left eye.

While Favour Sunday, 14 years old from Lagos understands that education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, and if children in her community have access to early childhood education, this could be a solid educational foundation to build on, irrespective of their background or community.

She decides within herself to positively transform lives in her community by dedicating her time and passion for teaching to educate children in her community. She won the Social Bravery category.

For Joshua Agboola, a 12-year-old from Lagos won the Intellectual Bravery category as a Programmer, Future Skills Activist, YouTuber and Speaker on technology topics who started coding at the age of 6 and has built capacity in the use of HTML, CSS, Javascript, Jquery, Bootstrap, Java, Python, C++, C#, PHP, Laravel, Love 2D and Unity.

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