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… And the Ultimate Champion is Dennis Okike!

– How he found the 10th symbol

The 10th edition of the much publicised Gulder Ultimate Search has come to an end in the deepest forest of Usaka, Akwa Ibom State with Dennis Okike emerging the winner of the whooping N10 million,  and a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0L GLS AT ( full options ), courtesy of CFAO Motors Nigeria, the official automotive partners of this year reality show.

Dennis outsmarted Dr. Edmund Umeabuani and Ifunanya Onike, the last woman standing, in the waters of Usaka River, where the final battle among the warriors fervently seeking for the 10th symbol took place.

Dennis GUSOn the final day of the search, the warriors got a message from the Council of Elders ordering them to pack their bags and make their ways to where they draw water. Chidi Mokeme,the show’s anchor, awaited them and gave them the next set of instructions.

The final task was to search for the 10th Symbol, and to do that, each of them would make use of a clue which would take them to two different locations to retrieve two pieces of the map that would lead to where the 10th Symbol was buried. Another clue at their first locations would direct them to the next location. It was a race against time and the last man to the next location was evicted.

Edmund and Ifunanya’s first clue led them to the Place of the Talking Drum to retrieve the first map piece; while Bobby and Dennis went to the Mud Field. Subsequently, Bobby and Dennis headed to the Place of the Talking Drum for their second piece while Edmund and Ifunanya raced to the Mud Field. Edmund returned first,  followed by Ifunanya. Dennis edged Bobby out of the quest when he beat him to the finish line. Bobby was instantly evicted.

Dennis GUSWith their maps pieced together, the remaining warriors had all they needed to proceed to find the Sceptre. On their maps, three spots were marked ‘X’ as possible places the 10th Symbol was buried. Ifunanya was in the lead, having figured out the direction first. However, her first attempt at crossing the river with the aid of a rope saw her falling into the water while Edmund and Dennis moved on.

Edmund arrived first and headed straight to one of the spots marked on the map and began his search. Dennis joined shortly. Ifunanya had barely stepped in the river when Dennis raised what turned out to be a false alarm. All he had was a piece of debris laying under the river. The protracted search had the warriors glancing at their maps intermittently as Dennis kept digging up dirt after dirt from the river.

After many futile efforts, Dennis eventually dug up the Sceptre from under a slant palm tree in the river and thereby ended the long search for the 10th symbol. He was instantly inducted into the Order of Heroes as the 10th Ultimate Man by Chidi Mokeme.

 – RASHEED ABUBAKAR

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