Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS) Past and Present Seasons Review

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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

Gulder Ultimate Search


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.

1. Gulder Ultimate Search Season 1 (2004)

Gulder Ultimate Search

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.”

2. 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.

3. Gulder Ultimate Search Season 3 (2006)

Gulder Ultimate Search

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.


4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.


8. Gulder Ultimate Search Season 8 (2011)

Gulder Ultimate Search

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.

9. 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.

10. Gulder Ultimate Search Season 10 (2013)

Gulder Ultimate Search

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.


11. GUS Season 11 (2014)

Gulder Ultimate Search

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.

12. GUS Season 12 (2021) ” The Age of Craftsmanship”

The Age of Craftsmanship

It’s been seven years since they held the last GUS auditions. So there must really be some major thirst for what’s Nigeria’s biggest reality television program that has disappeared for years.

After the organisers announced the return of this great TV reality show, in 5days time the show’s servers crashed so badly it took 24 hours to urge their copy. Comments went wild on Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook, as young Nigerians searched for other ways of registering.

The producers didn’t issue a press release. But an insider said they took all precautions to form sure the infrastructure was resilient.

A brand manager said to us: ‘Who would have imagined that in 2021, an internet site so elaborate would succumb to pressure? They knew the push would be massive, but nobody prepared for the type of pressure that came in within the primary hour.

Nigerians appear to like reality shows; over half 1,000,000 applied to take part in GUS between 2004 and 2014. Another show, which differs completely from GUS, Big Brother, says it gets up to 10,000 applications per annum.

More Details About GUS Season 12

And it’s not surprising because the shows promise a mixture of fame, money, and guaranteed to shake the labour market suffering from unemployment; consistent with the National Bureau of statistics (NBS), unemployment is predicted to extend up to 35.2% within the fourth quarter of 2021.

Gulder Ultimate Search, which borders on the survival instincts of contestants, began in 2004 and ran for 11 seasons before going off-air in 2014.

Nigerian Breweries announced that the show is making its comeback with “The Age of Craftsmanship” because of the theme of the 2021 edition last month.

Since Gulder Ultimate Search went off the air in 2014, many fans are calling for its return, and there are suggestions that the quantity of traffic may cause the crash on Wednesday from excited fans who are expecting the return of the show.

Officials have confirmed that the cause was a better than expected level of traffic from prospective applicants who thronged the website to register for the show.

A Nigerian Breweries executive who wanted to stay anonymous confirmed that “the website became temporarily inaccessible to applicants because of an enormous increase within the volume of traffic on Wednesday.”

The source, however, said the GUS team swung into action immediately after the crash to resolve the difficulty and they make sure the website was restored for applicants.

The Return of Gulder Ultimate Search After Seven-year

The TV premiere of ‘Gulder Ultimate Search: The Age of Craftsmanship’ is set for October 16, 2021, and will run till December 19, when the grand finale will hold.

Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS), the survival reality show that dominated the Nigerian airwaves in the early 2000s, is making a comeback after a seven-year

Created and sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc, manufacturers of Gulder lager beer, GUS started in 2004 and enjoyed 11 seasons on the air. The show became the most-watched reality TV series in Nigeria before it was rested in 2016.

The organisers on Wednesday officially announced that the show would make its comeback with “The Age of Craftsmanship” as the theme for the 2021 edition.

The corporate affairs director Mrs Sade Morgan, Nigerian Breweries Plc, said: “We are really excited to be bringing back the Gulder Ultimate Search for the viewing pleasure of Nigerians who have, over the years, continued to call for the return of the show.


The planning team has put in place everything necessary to give the fans exactly what they enjoy about the show, and I am confident that everyone will be pleasantly surprised and delighted with what we have in store.”

According to Mrs Morgan, registration will kick off on September 1 and close on September 8, 2021. The first screening session starts on September 13 in Abuja and Enugu, while the second screening session kicks off on September 16 in Lagos.

The TV premiere of ‘Gulder Ultimate Search: The Age of Craftsmanship’ is set for October 16, 2021, and will run till December 19, when the grand finale will hold.

Gulder Ultimate Search Picks Alumnus to Host 2021 Edition

Gulder Ultimate Search Picks Alumnus to Host 2021 Edition

Guess who is hosting this year gulderultimate search season 12.? On the 11th 0f September, (THEWILL)–Nigerian actor, Kunle Remi, will host the 11th season of the Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS).

Remi, who won the seventh edition of the show in 2010, announced the news on his Instagram page on Friday.

“#GulderUltimateSearch is back and I’ll be your taskmaster. Are you ready to go on this journey with me? Have you answered the call?” he wrote.

The organizers also confirmed the development of the show’s official handle. “The taskmaster @kunleremiofficial has said it all,” it wrote in a terse post accompanying a promotional video featuring the actor.

THEWILL writes that this year’s edition of the survival reality show titled ‘The Age of Craftsmanship’ will begin on October 16 and will run till December 19, when the grand finale will be held.

The reality show promises to keep you glued to your televisions.

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CSN Team.

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