Paschal Eromosele wears the crown of the ninth edition of Gulder Ultimate Search hosted by Akwa Ibom State
| By Ishaya Ibrahim | Dec. 2, 2012 @ 12:11 GMT
IT WAS a sweet victory for Paschal Eromosele, as he finished top in the ninth edition of Gulder Ultimate Search, GUS, season 9. He narrowly edged out Onyinye Udodi, who was the last female contestant standing. Oyinye fought hard, she wanted to make history by being the first woman to win the GUS since it started and also prove right the axiom that what a man can do, a woman can also do better.
But Paschal, who was not rated by fans of the reality show among the favourites, showed superior skills when it mattered most and edged out his colleagues. When the final hunt for the treasure started, four contestants: Paschal, Onyinye, James Adah and Nuhu Zigwayi, were left to solve a mental riddle. Paschal solved the riddle first while Nuhu finished last. Next, Onyinye, James and Paschal were subjected to another challenge. They were to fill in the blank spaces of a puzzle, which comprised all the clues, which were strategically placed in their camp, while they were in the jungle. Paschal solved the riddle first again, followed by Onyinye. James could not complete his puzzle and that led to his eviction. Chidi Mokeme, the anchorman, then informed both Paschal and Onyinye that the clue to finding the gatekeeper’s fortune, the treasure, which they sought, was in the puzzle which they had just solved.
The solved puzzle read: “From where you draw your liquid of life, that is where you start your final stride. Run along the path of green and stone, and where you lay your head, you call your home, the treasure sleeps deep rooted within your soul; deeper than the bamboo that grows ever so low”. Onyinye got to the location first but was confused and left to another place. But Paschal wasted no time. He went straight to where she left and unearthed the treasure. For his feat, Paschal will cart home the N9 million grand prize, N500, 000 swagger allowance and a brand new 2012 SUV.
Onyinye, however, got the sum of N4 million as total prize money, made up of N3 million for emerging the second placed contestant and N1 million for emerging GUS last female contestant standing.
Other contestants who had earlier been evicted on the programme were: Uzor Osimpka, Ifet Iniobong, Priscillia Ezeh, Michael Ogbuefi, Patience Bornford, Ujam Emmanuel, Ayo Ojueromi and Kofya Brown.