27th September, 2013
The 12 contestants for this year’s Gulder Ultimate Search have paid a courtesy visit to the newly constructed Akwa Ibom State Government House, just before their entry into the rugged and swampy terrain of Usaka Forest in Obot Akara local government area of Akwa Ibom State to search for the 10th Symbol.
The searchers were received by the state governor, Godswill Akpabio who thanked the management of Nigerian Breweries Plc for the decision to stage Gulder Ultimate Search again in the Usaka jungle.
“This is the first time that Gulder Ultimate Search will be held in the same location for a second consecutive year. This is an uncommon decision brought about by some of the logistics Akwa Ibom put in place as an uncommon host. I am sure you will have an uncommon experience this time around and you will also go home with uncommon memories of Akwa Ibom State,” said the governor.
He congratulated the contestants, especially Mary and Martha Adeboye on being the first set of identical twins to participate on the search. The governor also pledged that the State’s security apparatuses would be deployed to ensure a hitch-free GUS experience, just like the previous edition.
Edem Vindah, the Corporate Media and Brand PR Manager, NB plc thanked the Governor for inviting the GUS 10 delegation to the 26th Anniversary celebration of the creation of Akwa Ibom state held a day earlier.
“Exactly one year ago, Akwa Ibom hosted GUS 9 and we were here to receive your blessing… You asked us to come back and we are back at the request of your Excellency. This is the first time we are returning to a particular location back to back,” Vindah said.
While describing the Search as a youth empowerment programme created by the Gulder brand, he added that hidden tourist sites had been made popular by the show, which is Nigeria’s first 100 per cent local content reality TV programme.
The daily highlights of Gulder Ultimate Search will be broadcast on national terrestrial and satellite TV stations from 4 to 31 October.