Speaking on the Award, Head of Marketing, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Manpreet Singh, 10 winners for the 2017 edition have emerged. “We are very excited to announce the emergence of the winners for the 10th edition of IIDA. The winners have displayed extraordinary bravery in the different categories and will be rewarded accordingly”.
He appreciated all the judges for taking out time from their busy schedules for the selection process. The winners emerged after a very thorough selection process carried out by credible Nigerians who constituted the panel of judges. The judges were, Mrs. Laja Adedoyin, the founder of Hearts of Gold Children Hospice, the first hospice in Nigeria that caters to children with physical disabilities; The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspaper and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.
Others are, Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Managing Partner of Abiola Sanni & Co, Prof. Abiola Sanni; and Founder of Rise Networks, Social Entrepreneur and Human Development Expert, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji. Ex-Ben TV, London, Director and social analyst, Mr. Gbola Oba; The National Director, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, Mr. Eghosa Erhumwunse, and MD/CEO, Rave TV & Trend FM, Mrs. Agatha Amata round up the panel.
While receiving the list of selected winners from the judges, the Group Public Relations and Event Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr Tope Ashiwaju appreciated the judges for their commitment to the thorough scrutiny of all the top 24 stories pencilled down by the selection committee. Ashiwaju also thanked their partnering agency BD Consult for a seamless and hitch-free coordination.
The statement revealed that the selection of the ten winners for the 2017 edition is to celebrate a decade of existence of the initiative. IIDA awards which has been running for 9 years, extols the exemplary accomplishments of children who have shown courage and determination in situations that ordinarily would bring fear.
So far, the awards have impacted positively on the lives of 27 children who have demonstrated remarkable acts of bravery and courage. With the scholarship awards granted to the winners, they have been able to overcome certain constraints which may have adversely affected their educational pursuits and life goals.