Gulder Ultimate Search: The Age of Craftsmanship | Meet season 12 contestants

After seven years of hiatus, the Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS) is coming back to the screens; meet the contestants and everything you need to know as the show returns.

Gulder Ultimate Search, story so far …

The show is a reality series that has dominated the Nigerian airwaves since its first season in 2004, which the Nigerian Breweries PLC sponsors to promote one of its products – The Gulder large beer.

Since its inception in 2004, viewers of the show have enjoyed 10 seasons till the last time the show was aired seven years ago in 2014, and it is making its return this year with the theme The Age of Craftsmanship.

After the news of the show’s comeback, the auditions recorded a huge turn-out of young Nigerians.

The winner of the GUS season 12 is expected to win N50m worth of prizes – N20m cash, plus a brand new SUV.

The taskmaster for this season has been confirmed to be Nollywood actor Kunle Remi, an alumnus of the competition and season 7 winner. Remi steps in the shoes of legendary hosts and fellow actors Chidi Mokeme and Bob-Manuel Udokwu.

After a series of regional screenings in Abuja, Enugu and Lagos, a total of twenty candidates were chosen for the Gulder Ultimate Search 2021 games.

However, out of the 20 contestants unveiled for the show, only 16 have made it to the jungle, while the other four are wild cards. The show’s host, Gideon Okeke, revealed this at the unveiling ceremony held at the Eko Hotels in Lagos.

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Meet the Gulder Ultimate Search 12 contestants below:

1. Jennifer Goodness Okorie

Gulder Ultimate Search
Candidate Jennifer Goodness Okorie

Age: 22 years
State of Origin: Abia
Hobbies: Singing, Dancing and Sports.

She is a student of philosophy who runs a small fashion business. She is an athlete and loves listening to different genres of music. She swims to relax and plans to be a broadcaster at graduation. Okorie also plans to be the first-ever female contestant to win the show.

2. Esitima Francis Edem

Gulder Ultimate Search
Candidate Esitima Francis Edem

Age: 24 years
State of Origin: Kwara
Hobbies: Cooking, Swimming and Working out.

Esitima is a graduate of accounting who is also a model and a caterer. She plans to model for a major brand. She runs an NGO which takes care of the needy by providing their basic needs (clothes, food, etc). She thinks she has all it takes to beat the world and come out tops.

3. Iniabasi Eme Umoren

Gulder Ultimate Search
Candidate Iniabasi Eme Umoren

Age: 26 years
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom
Hobbies: Swimming and Playing video games.

Ini studied computer technology and now follows his passion as a singer & music producer. Ini has a black belt (Shotokan karate). He promises to be the ‘life of the party’ during the show, and if he wins the N50 million grand prize, Iniabasi plans to give back to his community through charity while also promoting his music career

4. Mfon Mikel Esin

Candidate Mfon Mikel Esin

Age: 27 years
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom
Hobbies: Swimming, Reading and Travelling.

Mfon enjoys the game of soccer and is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC. He likes adventure, writing and reading. He says he is a Casanova and considers himself uniquely charming. Esin dislikes injustice and would go to any length to ensure people are treated right. He aims is to be the Ultimate man and intends to rewrite the history of Gulder Ultimate Search with his story.

5. Emmanuel Ifeanyi Nnebe

Candidate Emmanuel Ifeanyi Nnebe

Age: 29 years
State of Origin: Anambra
Hobbies: Swimming, Writing, and Dancing.

Emmanuel is a paralegal and a model. He was the face of Sapphire 2020 and self-motivated with a desire to someday be a lawyer. Nnebe plans to start a fashion school soon and he is writing a book that he looks forward to publishing soon.

6. Tobechukwu Malachy Okoye

Candidate Tobechukwu Malachy Okoye

Age: 26 years
State of Origin: Anambra
Hobbies: Football and Dancing

Tobechukwu is a part-time student that enjoys watching football and is a fan of Real Madrid. He’s smart, creative and wouldn’t shy away from any challenge that comes his way. According to him, he plans to change his career and family’s current situation if he wins the Gulder Ultimate Search Season 12.

7. Solomon Iliya Yankari

Candidate Solomon Iliya Yankari

Age: 26 years
State of Origin: Bauchi
Hobbies: Swimming, Hiking and Fitness.

Solomon is a fitness instructor, a personal trainer and owns a gym in Bauchi. He loves to explore, the reason why he hikes and organizes boot camps for fitness enthusiasts. He is working towards building a fitness and music community. Yankari aspires to be successful in the fitness industry and to build a gym franchise.

8. Emiola Tosin Michael

Candidate Emiola Tosin Michael

Age: 33 years
State of Origin: Osun
Hobbies: Football, Basketball and Chess.

Tosin works as an air traffic control simulator officer at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Kaduna. He is married and has a daughter. This is Tosin’s 5th attempt at the Gulder Ultimate Search and he has finally made it to the Jungle. Tosin doesn’t plan to play second fiddle and aims to be the Ultimate man.

9. Gerald Oghenemega Odeka

Candidate Gerald Oghenemega Odeka

Age: 35 years
State of Origin: Delta
Hobbies: Singing, Playing Video Games and Travelling.

Gerald won Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 2012 edition of the National Sports Festival and was at the World Athletics Championship in Russia in 2013. He hopes to bring good content to the show and also create a platform for himself which he plans to build on after the show.

10. Orevaoghene Godswill Oboh

Gulder Ultimate Search
Candidate Orevaoghene Godswill Oboh

Age: 25 years
State of Origin: Delta
Hobbies: Adventure and Swimming.

Oreva is an MC and runs his own event lighting company. He is a graduate of Electrical Electronics. He plays the bass guitar and is also a model. His dream is to grow his business and offer unique services.

11. Omokhafe Racheal Bello

Candidate Omokhafe Racheal Bello

Age: 34 years
State of Origin: Edo
Hobbies: Travelling, Swimming, Cooking and Singing.

Racheal is a good cook and likes to sing. She owns her soap brand and is a part-time realtor. She is a graduate of microbiology and in her spare time indulges in her part-time passion for tie and dye.

12. Olayinka Gabriel Omoya

Candidate Olayinka Gabriel Omoya

Age: 26 years
State of Origin: Ekiti
Hobbies: Singing, Swimming, Movies and Dancing.

Olayinka is an artist, a writer and a content creator. He considers himself to be jovial and down to earth and has a great sense of humour. He hopes to become an A-list musician and redefine the afro-pop genre.

13. Chidimma Veronica Okeibe

Candidate Chidimma Veronica Okeibe

Age: 29 years
State of Origin: Imo
Hobbies: Swimming and Adventure.

Chidimma is a Human Resources manager and a project assistant, and also functions as a digital marketer. Having participated in students politics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Chidimma believes she has the leadership qualities to win the Gulder ultimate search prize.

14. Adedamola Adewale Johnson

Gulder Ultimate Search
Candidate Adedamola Adewale Johnson

Age: 26 years
State of Origin: Lagos
Hobbies: Football and Swimming.

Damola is a film director, a media executive and a writer. He also works as a business developer within the tech industry. He considers himself to be unique with his combination of brains and precision. Johnson owns a motion picture company and hopes that one day his movie will be on the big screen.

15. Damilola Opeoluwa Odedina

Candidate Damilola Opeoluwa Odedina

Age: 25 years
State of Origin: Ogun
Hobbies: Volunteering, Swimming and playing football.

Damilola is a cinematographer and a video editor. He has a first degree in Economics and a post-graduate degree in Journalism. Odedina believes that every gift and talent one possesses should be for the good of humanity.

He values honesty and accountability and is a strong believer in God. He has a passion for sports development and hopes to be a catalyst to transform the Nigerian sports sector to be a money-spinning sector.

16. Opeyemi Samuel Ishmael

Candidate Opeyemi Samuel Ishmael

Age: 35 years
State of Origin: Ogun
Hobbies: Travelling, Video Games, Adventure.

Ope is an IT expert that is working towards becoming a Scrum Master in the next year. He plays basketball for leisure and also loves mountain climbing. Already, he has climbed three mountains and has a target to climb four mountains before the middle of 2022.

The wild cards will be revealed later when the organisers let us in on their identities.

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