Do you know that Gulder ultimate search, also known as GUS, is back? Oh Yes! It is back to our screens. The survival reality show that dominated the Nigerian airwaves in the early 2000s is making its glorious return after seven years off the air. Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc, organizer of GUS has announced the return of the reality TV show.
Airing from 2004 to 2016, the Popular reality television show which dominated airwaves, had contestants showcase their survival skills in jungles across Nigeria.
Recall the show was presented by top Nollywood actors Bob-Manuel Udokwu and Chidi Mokeme for different seasons. GUS later went on a seven-year hiatus after 11 seasons.
Brief History of GUS and their Past Champions
This Nigerian reality television series is popular all over the world. The show came to the limelight in 2004 when it launched its first season. Below is the list of seasons and their winners.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 1 (2004)
Ugo Egwuagwu made history as the first winner of the first-ever GUS, which took place on the Snake Island in Lagos State in 2004. He took home the Star Prize of 3 Million Naira.
Egwuagwu is currently an actor and an entrepreneur, starring in Ultimate Warrior and Royal Castle. He also makes footwear leather products, a venture he describes as a “family business.”
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 2 (2005)
The second season of GUS, tagged “The Lost Helmet of General Maximilian” was held in Obudu Hills, Calabar Cross River. Lucan Chambliss emerged victoriously and took home the Star Prize of 5 Million Naira.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 3 (2006)
NIFOR, in Edo State, was the venue of ‘The Brew Master’s Secret’ 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.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 4 (2007)
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.
Since winning, Mudabai has appeared in diverse ads with brands such as MTN, Etisalat, Gulder, Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Honeywell, YO’ Yoghurt and Interswitch. He also founded Wung Fitness, a fitness, health and wellness company. Unfortunately, a contestant, Anthony Ogadje, drowned in a lake in Jos Plateau State in GUS 4 during the shoot.
- GUS Season 5 (2008)
In the stormy hills of Mmaku in Awgu, Enugu, Michael Nwanchukwu found ‘The Lost Chronicle’ and swapped it for the 5 million naira and a brand new SUV. Since winning the fifth season, he has appeared as a “gatekeeper” in other seasons of the show.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 6 (2009)
It held the sixth edition of the GUS held the sixth edition of the GUS in Omodo Forest of Aagba in Osun State and Uche Nwaezeapu found ‘The Horn of Valour’. Nwaezeapu married Lauren Agokei in 2018.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 7 (2010)
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. Since winning, Remi has graduated from the New York Film Academy and appeared in several movies and tv shows, most notably Tinsel and Falling.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 8 (2011)
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. After the show, Okagbue has been a presenter, as well as appeared in movies and tv shows, including Tinsel, Secrets and Scandals, A Wish, and the critically acclaimed Lotanna.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 9 (2012)
2012 was the year that the search moved to Usaka, Obot Akara, Akwa Ibom state where ‘The Gatekeeper’s Fortune’ was found by Paschal Eronmose Ojezele. Laszlo Bene, the American Director/Producer currently living in South Africa directed GUS 9. Paschal Eronmose Ojezele found “The Gatekeeper’s Fortune” and went home with a 9 million naira grand prize, N500,000 swagger allowance and a brand new 2012 SUV.
- Gulder Ultimate Search Season 10 (2013)
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. Laszlo Bene, the American Director/Producer currently living in South Africa, also directed GUS 10. Since winning, Okike has appeared in movies including Malaysia Boy.
- GUS Season 11 (2014)
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. According to his LinkedIn page, Ubachukwu works as a CMMS Analyst at Chevron.
This season promises to be captivating as it is expected to kick off in October 2021.
To register, visit gulderultimatesearch.ng.