It is no longer news that, Dennis Okike has emerged the 10th Ultimate Champion. He had outsmarted Dr. Edmund Umeabuani and Ifunanya Onike in the waters of Usaka River, where the final battle among the warriors fervently seeking for the 10th symbol took place.
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Competition despite it’s completion still rocked Uyo city last weekend. At the event we the executive governor of Akw-Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, DAAR communications boss, Raymond Dokpesi and many high ranking officials of Nigerian Breweries and Akwa-Ibom State. The event kicked off with a brief history of the show. Later came the early evictees from the show one after the other in the order they were evicted from the jungle.
Before the winner was crowned, the governor had a few words about the show. In his speech, the governor thanked the organisers for choosing the state for the second time. Akwa-Ibam is the only state that has hosted the vent back to back. He explained that there are more tourist centres in the state that could be utilised in future editions.
Finally Ukike was brought forward and the past winners rallied round him while he was crowned the ultimate man. Also brought forward was Kalu Kalu, a final year student of Industrial Mathematics in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri who emerged as the first winner of the first ever fans edition of Gulder Ultimate Search. The fans edition of Gulder Ultimate Search was hosted by Bob Manuel Udokwu. Gulder gave fans and viewers of the show a chance to compete in Nigeria’s first 100 per cent local content reality TV show from the comfort of their homes. For winning the first ever Fan’s Edition, Kalu Kalu, the Ultimate Winner, won a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0L GLX MT, courtesy CFAO motors, the automotive partner of Gulder Ultimate Search 10. All contestants were also given a 18 Carat gold necklaces.
Commenting on his victory, Kalu said; “I feel very happy to be the first winner of the first GUS Fans’ Edition; the first ‘Ultimate Conqueror’. It is a dream comes true. My friends started calling me Ultimate Conqueror when I told them I was coming for the search. I took the risk of a night journey to get here for the search and it was very stressful. I can’t explain how I feel right now.”
The show was not over as African rapper number one, MI was on stage to perform at the show. even the governor was on his feet as the rapper performed to song after song from his hit albums. Akwa-Ibomites quickly tuned the Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort into a party zone.