The seven judges, who will choose the three winning stories for this year’s edition, are as follows: Mrs. Olufunto Igun, the Executive Director, Corona Schools; Mr. Jimi Disu, a resident analyst on FRONT PAGE NEWS on Classic FM and Mr. Abraham Obomeyoma Ogbodo, Editor, The Guardian newspaper. Other members of the panel include: 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.
In a statement by the company, the judges are expected to sit to adjudicate and select the three winners for the three award categories - Intellectual, Physical and Social bravery. The select stories will be decided on from the top 15 stories already penciled down by the selection committee, having met the set down criteria.
IIDA is a yearly initiative by Dufil Prima Foods. 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.
Giving insight and acknowledgement of the credibility and integrity of the selected judges, the Group Public Relations and Events Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, said, “IIDA is a credible initiative, hence we have carefully selected reputable and distinguished men and women from different spheres of the society, based on their reputation, vast experience and integrity in the society, to help us in picking the three winners.”
Ashiwaju added that, “At the moment, 15 stories have been shortlisted to be deliberated on by the judges out of the over 200 entries received for the 9th edition of the award.” He disclosed further that, the verification team is already on the field to authenticate, validate and simulate the selected stories, which will be used during the judges sitting for the selection of the winners for each category.
It would be recalled that at this year’s media briefing to kick-off the 9th edition of the IIDA initiative, Chief Executive Officer, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Deepak Singhal revealed that this year’s edition have been revamped into three categories where each winner will be rewarded with a million naira education scholarship.
Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria has so far recorded a huge success in its last eight editions and impacted the lives of the 24 winners positively through the scholarship prizes worth several millions of naira.