Toyota Nigeria Limited, as part of the events marking corolla’s 50th anniversary, has rewarded its customers and fans for outstanding performances, particularly in the previous year at the annual Toyota Awards/Customer Night held in Lagos.
One of such beneficiaries is a physically challenged musician, Franks Akingbemi, who was rewarded with N1 million, after storming the stage at the award night organised by the company, sweeping everybody off their feet.
The physically challenged Akingbemi who is without legs but with amazing dance steps and a titillating voice, was raised high as man, who has refused to live as a street beggar but added value to the society.
Chairman of the company, Micheal Ade-Ojo, announced that he was forced to give a new award category because of Akingbemi’s outstanding performance, saying Toyota Nigeria decided to present him with the sum of N1 million.
Toyota Nigeria boasts that it has retained its top position in the automobile business in Nigeria regardless of the unstable economic situation, as the Lagos State Government and Nestle Nigeria Plc were also rewarded with N1 million and N1.5 million respectively as second and first runner-up, while the Department of Petroleum Resources, an arm of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, received N2 million as the winner’s price.
First Bank Nigeria stood tall above other customers as it was named the ‘Evergreen Customer of the Year’, an award the company says is for a customer that has remained consistent in the purchase of the highest number of Toyota vehicles from any accredited TNL dealer for three consecutive years.
For the journalist category, Rasheed Bisiriyu of the Punch Nigeria Limited was named the overall winner; Mike Ochonma of BusinessDay, while Theodore Opara of Vanguard newspapers received the first runner-up and second runner-up prizes, respectively.
Toyota, one of the world’s largest automaker also unveiled a special-edition of Corolla to commemorate the car’s 50th anniversary. The updated Corolla, which will go on sale by the end of this year, will be the first model to include “Toyota Safety Sense” — a package of technology that includes automatic braking, pre-collision warning, radar cruise control and lane-departure alert.
The company says it will build just 8,000 of its 50th Anniversary Special Edition Corollas, a model which includes features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen, black cherry accented dash panel and door trim, 50th anniversary edition floor mats and a 50th anniversary edition exterior badge. The special edition package will be offered in three color options: Black Cherry, Classic Silver and Blizzard Pearl.