For the next 365 days in Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, Messrs. Mofikoya Adeyemi, Olusola Abdul and Ojo Olatunbosun would walk with heads held high and a boosted morale that is akin to an athlete who is striving to add to a repertoire of trophies in his cabinet. Why not? For every dint of hard work, there should be a reward. That, they received on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 amidst encomiums and accolades poured on them by the Chairman, Dr. Bamidele Makanjuola for their hard work and unwavering dedication to duty at the 2015 Chairman's Merit Awards ceremony. It was indeed for them, a night to remember and a moment they would surely relish forever, after all, it is not a mean feat to have one's name etched in the annals of history of a reputable company like the Vitafoam Group. The NECA House, Oregun venue was well decorated in Vitafoam's rich orange colour with a blend of soft lightings that brought out the glamour and freshness that such night deserved. As early as 5.30pm, Vitafoam staff, directors, friends, stakeholders and other invited guests had started arriving the venue to honour and celebrate some of the best hands in the company. Together with the Vitafoam choir, who rendered the National Anthem to signal the commencement of the event, the two-man compere, the Marketing Manager, Ben Okosun and Rachael Okolo gave performances that pointed in just one direction; which is that raw talents abound in Vitafoam. They turned the stage around with so much drama and comedy jibes, exhuming great synergy and connection in such a way that one could easily take them for professional masters of ceremonies. Added to this was the presence of a live music band that consistently relaxed the ambience with melodious tunes. It was indeed a night of fun and excitement. In a short welcome address, the Managing Director, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi said the management was delighted to have friends and family of the company come celebrate "these three distinguished gentlemen who have against all odds excelled in their areas of duty". He congratulated the award winners and admonished each of them not to see the feat as an end to itself, but a means to an end. He said to the winners that by this achievement, they have set a marker for themselves, which the management and their colleagues expected them to surpass. Mr. Adeniyi also seized the opportunity to salute the award selection committee who had worked tirelessly to ensure the best hands emerge out of the many nominations they received. In his address, the Chairman of the company, Dr. Dele Makanjuola said he was pleased that the company has not only been able to sustain this award but has equally raised the bar. He stated that for Vitafoam's business to maintain a leading position in the intensely contested market, winning with the employees cannot be undermined. "In Vitafoam Group, we believe the internal customer is as vital as the external one. Our employees are empowered to evolve ideas, innovate and challenge the norms in an attempt to always seek the better of the best. Hence, to motivate those employees who would go extra mile, the Chairman’s Merit Award was conceptualized. The Award prides itself in recognizing and rewarding excellence", he noted. Speaking further, Dr. Makajuola said like other nominees, the awardees in the Non-Management, Superintendent and Management categories were appraised on their business contributions, competence, innovation, team spirit and productivity. He said the awardees were overwhelmingly nominated by their colleagues while also maintaining clean disciplinary and outstanding performance records. "Today, we invite them to join the hall of fame. Today, we honour the trio who allowed the passion for their work to drive our values through them, to the admiration of all. Today, those little positive actions counted and distinguished them from the pack. Today, this gathering will stand in ovation of their contributions", he eulogised. He also counseled the awardees not to drop the ball and rest on their oars. "Our sail is far. I believe with the likes of you on board, we’ll stay afloat on the voyage and reach our destination, home and dry", Dr. Makanjuola said. He concluded by appreciating the guests who had created time out of their busy schedules to honour the company with their presence. "Your invaluable support is an encouragement to us in Vitafoam Group. We shall continue to cherish it", he stated. This year's event saw the introduction of a remarkable initiative by the Vitafoam Marketing team tagged 'Vitafoam Orange Moment'. Guests were treated to all the 'paparazis' that usually grace red carpet moments, this time on the Orange Carpet. The marketing team was on standby to usher in guests as they arrive the venue, straight to the Orange carpet to take pictures and then to the Vita Solid sofas to take another round of pictures while holding Vitafoam pillow and other lifestyle products. The idea, according to the Marketing Manager, Ben Okosun was to showcase that Vitafoam is much more than mattress. According to him, Vitafoam has been successful because it has consistently evolved ways of creating an exceptional fine art of living for her customers and addressing the comfort needs of all age groups.