Michael Nwachukwu ( Big MIKE )
THE search for the Lost Chronicle, the symbol of this year’s edition of the popular reality TV show, Guilder Ultimate Search (GUS V) climaxed last night, at the Agwu Hills in Enugu, with Micheal Nwachukwu as the bearer of the treasure.
The struggle among the three finalists – Frank, Linda and Mike – leading to the discovery of the Lost Chronicle was the main menu served last night on the TV package, signaling the end of the three weeks of fun, thrill, anxiety, excitement on national television stations and cable TV across the continent of Africa.
With the feat, Nwachukwu will be exchanging the treasure for a whopping N7m, a brand new SUV and N500,000 wardrobe allowance at a ceremony holding today at the prestigious Protea Nike Lake Resort in Enugu.
Known among his co-contestants as “Big Mike” in reference to his frame and height, which stands at six feet, seven inches, Michael, from the start of the yearly competition sponsored by the Guilder larger, the premium brand from the stable of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, had demonstrated that he was in the game for a big kill. He loves the movie Superman 3 and believes in the popular saying that cowards die many times but soldiers die once. He is from Anambra State but leaves in Lagos. He is a 26 year-old graduate of Forestry from the University of Ibadan.
With his victory, the new millionaire has joined the Guilder Ultimate Man hall of fame, which includes Ezeugo Egwuagu, Lucan Chamblis, Hector Jobarteh and Dominic Mudabai who had recorded similar feats in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 in that order.
As shown on TV Friday night, Mike was speechless for minutes after he discovered the treasure. He couldn’t believe what had happened to him. Besides the spontaneous demonstration of joy, it appeared, he did not know what to say. He was only waiting for the presentation ceremony tonight.
Michael’s victory was, however, a twist of fate as his opponent got there before him but could not find the treasure. Frank, the 26-year-old graduate of Marketing, had shown signs all along of making it to the final treasure, having rediscovered the key found by Dominic Mudabai in Shere Hills last year. Just last Tuesday, he found the symbol that would lead the order of heroes to the Lost Chronicle, dusting the other contenders – Michael, Phina and Linda. Perhaps, following what is fast becoming the characteristics of the show, whereby the first person that gets to the treasure never finds it, Frank got to the actual spot of the treasure but like Julian in Snake Island, Lagos; Martin in Obudu Hills; Tope in NIFOR; and Chiedozie in Shere Hills, he lost concentration and lost the race to a more calculating contender, Michael Nwachukwu.
The exciting programme, which enjoyed wide viewers was beamed from the thick forests of Awgu Hills in the Awgu Local Council of Enugu State. It began with 10 strong contenders, five males and five females. The males were Frank Adamu, Mohammed from Bornu State; Brian Mokelu from Anambra State; Dutman Frederick Sentong from Plateau State; and Mfoniso Okop JJ from Akwa Ibom State.
The girls were Kelechi Ohakwe, elder sister to the Ohakwe twins from Imo State who almost made it to the camp but, were unfortunately eliminated at the final selection party; Edo State born Rita Uloko, a 22 year-old Law undergraduate of the University of Lagos; Abigail Opuagulaya, a 24-year old undergraduate of Oceanography from Rivers State; Fausat Abiola Olarenwaju, a 24 year – old Engineering graduate from Ogun State; and Linda Obi Iweka, the Imo State born undergraduate of Computer Science.
The contestants were carefully selected after rigorous screening and selection exercises across the country, from a long list of 25,000 determined young men and women who entered for the contest this year. At stake was the ‘Lost Chronicle’ a treasure that is well touted to banish the tyrant warlord and save the future.