3rd September, 2010
It was an unprecedentedÂ crowd of youths that invaded the Old Parade Ground, Abuja, theÂ screening venue of this yearâ€™s edition of Gulder Ultimate Search Series Seven.
The crowd, numbering over 10,000 was made up of young athletic male and female Nigerians whoÂ were very optimistic of their chance of scaling through the screening exercise.
The exercise, which started 1 September in Abuja and Benin, according to the brand manager ofÂ the sponsoring brand, Gulder, Mr. Seun Lawal, include medical and physical fitness test, mentalÂ alertness, height, marital status, age limit, swimming ability, proper online registration,Â etc.
â€œIn all honesty, we were not expecting this huge crowd here. They are numbered over 10,000,Â just in Abuja alone. In Benin, Edo state, where screening exercise also started today, myÂ colleague on ground there has confirmed over 5,000 turn out. Unfortunately, some people areÂ here who have not done the online registration which closed on 30 August. Those ones areÂ automatically disqualified,â€Â Lawal said at the Abuja venue of the exercise on Wednesday.
Explaining further, Lawal said that Nigerian Breweries Plc, owners of the Gulder brand has, inÂ its usual practice, put everything in place to ensure a hitch free screening exercise at theÂ four regions where the Gulder Ultimate Search 7 would be taking place.
Other venues for the screening exercise are Owerri between 5 and 7 September, while Lagos willÂ take its turn between 5 and 10 September. Registration for Owerri and Lagos ends on 4 SeptemberÂ 4, 2010.
â€œThe necessary logistics have been put in place. We have the best medical facility on ground.Â You can see Critical Rescue International medical operatives and their vehicles everywhereÂ working with our own medical team. We have formidable security machinery on ground, includingÂ guards to guide and protect those that will be participating in the swimming trial,â€ explainedÂ Lawal.
The final screening exercise, billed for Lagos, has been designed to produce final 10 able menÂ and women of valour who would be taken to the jungle to compete against one another for 21Â days.
The final 10 will be taken to the â€œundulating plains of the Forestry Plantation Project AreaÂ J4, Omo Forest Reserve in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State. These men and ladiesÂ will battle against nature and the wild in order for the last man standing to emerge theÂ Ultimate Gulder Hero of 2010.â€
Speaking recently at the media launch of the Gulder Ultimate Search 7, Corporate AffairsÂ Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Yusuf Ageni, disclosed that the last man standing inÂ this year edition will go home with a total prize package worth N17 million. A breakdown ofÂ this shows that overall winner will take home a cash prize of N7 million, an SUV worth N10Â million and N500,000 wardrobe allowance.
Every other contestant on the show will go home with various consolation cash prizes. TheÂ person that comes second will go home with N2,500,000; third placed winner will go home withÂ N1,500,000, while the fourth goes home with N750,000. Other prizes include N700,000 for theÂ fifth person, N650,000 for the sixth person, N600,000 for the seventh person, N550,000 for theÂ eighth person, N500,000 for the nineth and the first to be evicted, while the 10th person getsÂ N450,000.