By Dayo Adesulu
MASTER Salisu Ibrahim, Miss Favour Uwene and Master Babatimileyin Daomi have won the 2016 Indomie Independence Day Award (IIDA) for Nigerian heroes. Declaring these winners on Saturday at Victoria Island, Dufil Ltd., makers of Indomie said Babatimileyin emerged winner in the Intellectual Bravery category, Favour won Physical Bravery category, just as Salisu clinched the Social Bravery category. They were all adjudged as best and made millionaires for their exceptional bravery in their various fields.
When Salisu Ibrahim who was born blind 10 years ago discovered he could lost his sight, he never saw it as an obstacle nor the end of the world. That initial strength and optimism of this Bauchi-born lad spurred him to learn shoe-making. With the proceeds from shoe-making, he proceeded to Special Education Centre, Bauchi to further his education.
This exceptional display of bravery by Salisu gave him the nomination for the 2016 IIDA for Nigerian heroes where he won N1million scholarship.
When his story was narrated, tears flowed freely from the eyes of many in the audience. The scenario led people like Alibaba to donate N500,000 to him, Zenit added N500,000, Trans Atlantic Shipping Ltd donated N250,000, First Registrar added N250,000 and another person in the audience gave N100,000 to assist Salisu. Thus, Salisu left with a whopping sum of N2.1 million. Industry and bravery had made Salisu one of the youngest millionaires in Nigeria.
Ability in disability
Salisu is blind, but won’t beg for alms. Instead of begging like others, he was excited by his customers’ voices who always thanked him for the beautiful shoes. He was happy to put shoes on the feet of his customers. There is ability in disability.
On her part, 11-year-old Favour who was nominated for her physical bravery, never knew the singular action she took to save the life of her neighbour could make her a millionaire. In an act of bravery, when Favour discovered that assassins were killing three of her friends in the neighbourhood, she hurriedly informed some men who came to their rescue.
Before the rescuers got there, the assassins had already killed two and left with one. Through her act of bravery, others were rescued and the assassins caught. She lauded Indomie for recognising her physical bravery. She said: ”I went to see my friends, but could not find them.
As I peeped through the window, I saw a dead body in a basin. That was how I ran to inform people before they were apprehended.” Favour, a JSS3 student of Government Secondary School, Akimaya, Akwa Ibom, said she would like to be a teacher in future.
Babatimileyin Daomi, 15, SS3 student of Doba College, Ikorodu, Lagos, invented hydrogen separator, cleaner, USB charger, USB fan, water level indicator, radio station and construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge. He said: ”The only challenge I had in the process of doing these things is just finance.” Asked his best subject in school, he said: ”My best subject is English because I am an Art student.”
Daomi who said he wanted to be the greatest Engineer in the future is not a science student.