23rd March, 2012
Winners of the 2011 edition of emotive reality television show, Supermom, were last Sunday, feted and presented their prizes in the presence of family and friends and a cross-section of carefully selected fans and followers of the show. The prize presentation ceremony was held at the plush Forks and Fingers Restaurant and Bar, Ikeja, Lagos.
The three winners, Mrs. Folajogun Adesona, Mrs. Theresa Nwaohu and Mrs. Bessy Egbonbamwonyi, first and second runners up respectively, shed all their inhibitions and past pains as they danced and merried like true heroines. Co-hosted by Next Movie Star 2011 alumni, Tomiwa Kukoyi and Yinka Salau (Golly), the duo ensured that there was no dull moment throughout the show.
While Nwaohu, the first runner up was presented the key to a brand new car, Egbonbamwonyi was awarded a cash prize of N500, 000. Adesona, a 61-year-old business woman, and winner of the show, is now the proud owner of a well-furnished home in Lagos among other mouth-watering prizes.
While announcing the winners at the end of the 13-week broadcast last November, Nollywood actress and Onga Seasoning ambassador, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, disclosed that the stories of the winning mothers are the stuffs best-selling movies are made of. “These are women who sacrificed their all just to ensure that their kids have a better life. They shelved their own comfort and career to give their kids the best. Today, they are being celebrated for their valour and sacrifices. It is my hope that other mothers across the country would emulate these women and continue to give their all to their kids,” Henshaw-Nuttal said.
Sponsored by Procter and Gamble, Promasidor and Dufil Foods, makers of Ariel detergent, Onga seasoning and Indomie noodles, viewers followed the heart-rending stories of sacrifices and denials of 20 mothers, drawn across Nigeria, on the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) networks for 13 weeks. Adesona’s story, which came in the 11th episode, caught the attention of viewers who poured in appreciable number of votes and subsequently placed her miles ahead of other contending mothers. Adesona narrated how after the death of her husband, her in-laws suddenly became antagonistic and meted out lots of punishments to her. She was denied access to her husband’s company, forced to withdraw her children from good schools and then placed on a paltry sum of N300 for their upkeep. Survival depended on menial jobs ranging from timber selling, block moulding to food hawking among others. Fate would deal her another blow when her brother-in-law and wife died a year apart, leaving four children for her to cater for. All the ten children are now doing well in their different endeavours. And now, her sheer acts of kindness and love have brought her the coveted Supermom prize, and a life-long celebration of enviable sense of motherhood. The story is not any different for the two other mothers who are being celebrated in their lifetime not after.
According to Sola Fajobi, Executive Producer of the show, “It’s been a wonderful moment for me. This is an improvement on last year’s edition and I’m so elated with the outcome. All the stories were heart-rending considering the numerous sacrifices made by the contesting mothers; my unreserved appreciation however goes to the sponsors who have made the show equally remarkable and available to millions of viewers across the country. Without them, these stories would never have been told; these mothers would never have been celebrated. However, we should always imbibe the culture of celebrating our mothers in any little way we can while they are very much alive.”