Nollywood actor and TV host, Chidi Mokeme, has been announced again as the host of this year’s edition of Gulder Ultimate Search reality TV show which flagged off yesterday in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Mokeme who anchored the reality TV show, in its first and second seasons made a stunning comeback as the anchor man last year after taking over from erstwhile presenter, Bob Manuel Udokwu.
He was announced as the host of the reality TV show, at the selection party of the Gulder Ultimate Search 10 finalists which held inside the New Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, weekend, in Lagos.
Also at the event, the last 12 finalists that will scavenge the Usaka Forest of Akwa-Ibom State were unveiled.
Speaking at the event, Mokeme disclosed that he was looking forward to a thrilling time in the jungle. He also advised the contestants “to gear up for the rigorous challenges that make up the upcoming adventure, for the jungle is no place for the weak hearted.”
The lucky contestants are Dr. Edmond Umebuani Chibuikem, EtidoEma Ebong, Okike Dennis, Chapele Tracy and Brosu Anthony. Others are IfunanyaOnike Michelle, Sheidu Onozare Halima, Ijeh Peter Oseleka, Ezidi Bobby Nzube and SalakoOladimejiOlukunle.
Making up the list of 12 are Mary and Martha Adeboye who are identical twins, the first set of twins to enter the Gulder Ultimate Search jungle in the reality TV’s 10 year history.
The dreams of several individuals who made it to the final selection stage were dashed; as they were deemed unfit to participate in Gulder Ultimate Search 10 for various reasons. The unlucky contestants that could not scale the Gulder Ultimate Search 10 hurdles are: NkoboEkarina Ekah, OkoronkwoEzinneJimia, Israel Eseoghene, UdechukwuChibuikeNnamdi, EsinMfonOkon, OnoyomAwattBassey, Uzor Jennifer Macaulay, AgohaChidozie, Osigweh Paul Chigozie, Mary Olumese, OkaforAzubuikeObinna, Cassandra Oduah, Otto Canon Umebuani, IrohNoellaChiicheman, AimakhuOsahonCroomat, Robinson Sharon Eloho and AnazodoIkenna Michael.
Speaking on the selection of the final contestants, Corporate Affairs Adviser,Nigerian Breweries PLC., Mr.KufreEkanem, representing the company’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr.NicolaasVervelde congratulated the 12 lucky contestants.
He said: “Tonight, only the brave and most determined young men and women have been selected as part of the final 12 contestants. It is worthy of note that about 42,000 Nigerians registered for this year’s show. These 12 contestants will face a series of challenges individually and collectively as a team, all in search of the 10th Symbol, but only one willemerge as the ’Ultimate Man’ to win N10 million and a Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0L GLS AT (full option) jeep, courtesy of CFAO Motors, the official automotive partner of Gulder Ultimate Search.”
Popular dance group, Dance Na The Main Thing, thrilled the crowd to deft dance steps. The group took the crowd down memory lane, re-enacting winning moments from the past nine seasons of Gulder Ultimate Search.
One of Nigeria’s most talented hip-hop artistes, Wande Coal, also serenaded the audience with songs from his past and upcoming albums. The elated crowd danced to his performance of some of his hits such as: Na who born the maga, Sexellency, Rotate, among others.
More mysteries surrounding Gulder Ultimate Search 10 were also resolved at the final selection party. One of such was the introduction of past winners as Gatekeepers for this year’s edition. The audience and ardent viewers of the show choseEzeugoEgwuagu, winner of Gulder Ultimate Search 1 and Dominic Mudabai, winner of Gulder Ultimate Search 4.
This year, Gulder Ultimate Search will take place in Usaka Forest, ObotAkara local government area of AkwaIbom state. The daily highlights of Gulder Ultimate Search will be broadcast on national terrestrial and satellite TV stations from October 4 to October 31, 2013.