Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc. has officially announced that Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS), the survival reality show that dominated the Nigerian airwaves in the early 2000s, is making its comeback with “The Age of Craftsmanship” as the theme for the 2021 edition.
Created and sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc, manufacturers of Gulder lager beer, GUS started in 2004 and enjoyed 11 seasons on air. The show went on to become the most-watched reality TV series in Nigeria before it ended seven years ago in 2016.
“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 have 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,” said Sade Morgan, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc.
From the first edition, which premiered in 2004, contestants were camped in different parts of the country to struggle against themselves and the wild, i.e. nature, and their search for a hidden treasure that brings to the last person standing instant fame and fortune.
The prize rose from N3 million from the first edition to N10 million and a brand new SUV in the last edition.
In its 11-season run, the show discovered several talents who became stars in Nigeria’s entertainment industry including Kunle Remi (2010 edition) who was 22 years old then. He has starred in the Africa Magic series “Tinsel“, “Forbidden“, and several other critically acclaimed Nollywood movies like “Sin City” and “Gold Statue“.
Dennis Okike (season 8) and Chris Okagbue (season 10) went on to build a successful career in Nollywood as well, while Dominic Mudabai (season 4) has also appeared in numerous TV Commercials for several multinational brands.
Here are five things you should know if you want to audition for the new GUS season:
When does application begin?
According to Morgan, registration will kick off on September 1 and close on September 8, 2021.
Who can apply?
Organisers say the new season of GUS is open to receiving applications from Nigerians between 21-35 years.
How do you do it?
To submit an application, all you have to do is head to the GUS website – www.gulderultimatesearch.ng. Here, applicants must enter their personal details, upload a photograph and answer a few questions.
What happens after the application?
The first screening session starts on September 13. Shortlisted applicants will undergo a regional selection process in Abuja and Enugu on September 13 and 14, while the selection (second screening) will take place in Lagos on September 16 and 17, 2021.
When will the show air?
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. The show will air on DStv and other local stations across the country.
Who is the anchor?
The host of the new season is yet to be announced but previous editions of the show were anchored by Nollywood actors Chidi Mokeme and Bob Manuel-Udokwu.