Gulder Ultimate Search

Gulder Ultimate Search (also called GUS)[1] is a Nigerian reality television series, created and sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc to promote the Gulder Lager Beer.[2] The first season premiered in 2004.[3] The GUS series is also the very first 100% local content reality television programme in Nigeria and it is a survival type reality programme that highlights the struggle of Contestants (10–30 persons, depending on the reference edition), their struggles against themselves and the wild i.e. nature and their search for a hidden treasure that brings to the last person standing instant fame and fortune. The Winner of the last season in 2014 took home a 10 million naira cash prize and an SUV.[4]

Gulder Ultimate Search
Presented byChidi Mokeme, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Toke Makinwa
Country of originNigeria
Original languageEnglish
No. of series12
Executive producerOluseyi Siwoku. Nigerian Breweries Plc
ProducerOlakunle Oyeneye
Running time56 minutes
Production companyJungle Fireworks
Original networkDSTV, GOTV
Original release2004 (2004) –
2021 (2021)

After 7 years off TV, Gulder Ultimate Search returned to the television screen in year 2021.[5]

Past seasons, locations, storylines and winners Edit

The series is produced by a Nigerian-based producer, Olakunle Oyeneye and Executive Producer Oluseyi Siwoku of Jungle Filmworks.[6]

GUS 1 Edit

GUS 1 was produced on the Snake Island in Lagos State. The theme was 'The Legend of Captain Kush' and the Mr. Ezeugo Egwuagwu made history as the first winner of the reality show took home the Star Prize of 3 Million Naira.

GUS 2 Edit

Obudu Hills, Calabar Cross River played host to the 2nd Season 'The Lost Helmet of General Maxmllian' and Mr. Lucan Chambliss took home the Star Prize of 5 Million Naira.

GUS 3 Edit

NIFOR, Benin Edo State was the venue of 'The Brew Master's Secret' (Season 3) and Mr. Hector Joberteh won the grand prize of 5 Million Naira and a Ford Explorer SUV. The now deceased Hector was shot dead at his apartment in Lagos on the morning of 3 September 2017.[7]

GUS 4 Edit

The Shere Hills of Jos was the venue of 'The Search for the Golden Age' and the athletic Dominic Mudabai outpaced his contemporaries to claim the title that year.

Death of contestant Edit

A contestant Anthony Ogadje, drowned in a lake in Jos Plateau State in GUS 4 during the shoot.[8]

GUS 5 Edit

In the stormy hills of Mmaku in Awgu, Enugu. Mr Michael Nwachukwu found 'The Lost Chronicle' and exchanged it for the 5 million naira and a brand new SUV.

GUS 6 Edit

GUS 6 was taken to the western part of Nigeria in the deserted Omodo Forest of Aagba in Osun State and 'The Horn of Valour' was found by Mr. Uche Nwaezeapu.

Celebrity showdown Edit

The celebrity edition was the GUS series was launched in 2010 and location was La Campaigne Tropicana, Epe, Lagos. 'The Golden Goblet' was found by the Ace Nollywood Actor Emeka Ike and he goes home with the sum of seven million naira.

GUS 7 Edit

In the same year when the Celebrity Edition was done, the GUS series moved to Omo Forest, J4 Ogun State for season 7 and 'The Ultimate Hero' was Mr. Oyekunle Oluwaremi.

GUS 8 Edit

The Kukuruku Hills, Egbetua Quarters in Ososo, Akoko-Edo Edo State won't recover from 'The Contest of Champions' when Mr. Chris Okagbue stunned the world by winning the 8th season.

GUS 9 Edit

2012 was the year that the search moved to Usaka, Obot Akara, Akwa Ibom where 'The Gatekeeper's Fortune' was found by Paschal Eronmose Ojezele. GUS 9 was directed by Laszlo Bene, the American Director/Producer currently living in South Africa.

GUS 10 Edit

In the forest of Usaka, Akwa Ibom, Mr. Dennis Okike found 'The Tenth Symbol' and exchanged it for the 10 million naira and a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero. GUS 10 was directed by Laszlo Bene, the American Director/Producer currently living in South Africa

GUS 11 Edit

GUS 11 was in Aguleri forest in Anambra state, where 'The General's Helmet' was found by Chinedu Ubachukwu. He was rewarded with 10 million naira and a brand new Ford Explorer car.

New season Edit

GUS 12: The Age of Craftmanship Edit

Gulder Ultimate search returned to the television screen after 7 years, with the last season airing in 2014.[9] The new season started running from October 16, 2021, and was on Air up until December 19, 2021, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8pm to 9pm.[10] 18 Contestants were unveiled for Gulder Ultimate Search season 12 which includes Damola Johnson, a 26-year-old Film director from Lagos, Mfon Mikel Esin, a 27-year-old Freelance writer from Akwa Ibom, Samuel Ishmael, 35-year old IT Expert from Ogun, Emmanuel Nnebe, 29-year old Paralegal from Anambra, Damilola Odedina, 25-year old Cinematographer, Solomon Yankari, 26-year old fitness Fitness Instructor from Bauchi, Olayinka Omoya, Godswill Oboh, Omokhafe Bello, Chidimma Okeibe, Jennifer Okorie, Tobechukwu Okoye, Gerald Odeka, Tosin Michael Emiola, Iniabasi Umoren.[11]

Celebrity OAP, Toke Makinwa was selected as the anchor for the 12th season, while season 7 winner, Kunle Remi was chosen as the taskmaster.[12]

Odudu Otu was crowned the winner of this season’s Gulder Ultimate Search, after finding Akolo’s chest on the final day after a tough battle with the 17 other contestants who made it into the jungle with him. He was presented with N50 million worth of prizes, including the key to an SUV courtesy of Innoson Motors and a return ticket to Dubai.[13][14][15][16]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Gulder Ultimate Search". Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  2. ^ Okeke, Ifeoma (27 September 2021). "Air Peace becomes sponsor of 12th Gulder Ultimate Search". Businessday NG. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  3. ^ Augoye, Jayne (2 September 2021). "Gulder Ultimate Search returns after seven-year-hiatus". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  4. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 October 2014). "Chinedu Ubachukwu Wins Gulder Ultimate Search Season 11". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  5. ^ Nwafor (16 October 2021). "As BBNaija ends, Gulder Ultimate Search returns to DStv". Vanguard News. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  6. ^ ".:: Welcome to Jungle Film Works official Website ::". Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ "How Gulder Ultimate Search winner, Hector Joberteh was killed in cold blood". 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Nigerian died 'in TV challenge'". 9 August 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Gulder Ultimate Search, other reality shows return after long breaks". Punch Newspapers. 26 September 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Gulder Ultimate search partners MultiChoice for Season 12". 28 September 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Gulder Ultimate Search unveils 18 contestants as show begins October 16". 4 October 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Toke Makinwa announced as anchor as Gulder Ultimate Search 12 begins". 17 October 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  13. ^ "GUS 12… Toast the Ultimate Craftsman". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 29 January 2022. Retrieved 1 May 2023.
  14. ^ "Odudu Otu Is The Winner Of Gulder Ultimate Season 12". Punch Newspapers. 26 December 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2023.
  15. ^ Retrieved 1 May 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Odudu Wins Gulder Ultimate Search Season 12 – THISDAYLIVE". Retrieved 1 May 2023.

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