Twenty-two-year-old Odudu Otu has emerged winner of the 2021 edition of Gulder Ultimate Search Season 12.
He was declared winner after enduring several challenges in the grand finale with three other contestants.
In the final episode of the show broadcast on DSTV on the Boxing Day, Odudu emerged winner after finding the Chest which contains the secret of the proverbial Akolo’s secret brew.
He goes home with N50 million worth of prizes including an SUV as well as a return ticket to Dubai.
Odudu, who hails from Akwa Ibom State (South-South region of Nigeria), is a seasoned sports personality, a model and owns a non-profit organisation.
He was born in 1999 to the Otu family. He is a lover of basketball and his role model is Lebron James.
He also enjoys swimming and reading.
Odudu, a wildcard on the show, was presented with an Innoson SUV courtesy the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Motors.
Over 20,000 Nigerians applied for this season’s Gulder Ultimate Search regional selection process before those who made the long list were sent to the Sea World.
Odudu was a member of the Iroko clan which also had members like Damola, Yankari, Esitima, Tobechukwu, and Gerald which was considered the strongest clan in Amorokin camp.
Gerald was predicted as a possible winner due to his performance in the early period of the show but was one of the first to be evicted.
Esitima found three boomerangs and was one of those who made it to the top seven.
Damola, who was also in the same clan as Odudu, also made it to the final.
It was during the individual tasks that Odudu began to show why he was a worthy winner.
It seemed all the energy, strategy, and endurance in him were let out in full bloom.
While it seemed other contestants were beginning to tire, he was just beginning and he maintained this level of performance till the end.
The season, tagged Age of Craftmanship, saw 18 warriors (contestants) begin their journey into the forest on October 16.
The reality show reached its peak last week when the four warriors emerged the last standing in search of the great Akolo’s chest.
The first season of the Gulder Ultimate Search sponsored by Nigerian Breweries was held in 2004.
ASUU strike: Parents reply Keyamo, give conditions to beg lecturers
The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has said it will only beg the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its prolonged strike if government considers the reports of the various committees set up to look into the matter and come out with its decisions.
The parents said it expected the Federal Government to come out publicly with its offers in order to know how they could intervene in the matter.
NAPTAN spoke through its National President, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday.
The association was reacting to an interview where the Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo(SAN) asked Nigerians, especially parents, to beg members of ASUU to return to their duty posts.
Keyamo also said the government would not go borrowing to meet the demands of the union.
“Let the Federal Government consider all the reports of the various committees it set up to negotiate with ASUU.
“There was a committee led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, among numerous committees.
“There has never been a time when parents are involved in the negotiation. We don’t want a situation where somebody will pitch us against ASUU or any group.
“The negotiation should involve parents, NANS, ASUU and government team.
“What the government should do is consider the reports of those committees and look at areas they can afford or work on and present same to ASUU. If whatever they can afford is unacceptable to the unions, then parents and others can come in to intervene,” Danjuma said.
National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview, also said it was a subtle blackmail for anybody to insinuate that the union was pushing the government to borrow.
He advised the government to get its priorities right address the impasse.
He said, “We are not asking the government to go borrowing. But since the minister is a Nigerian, he should know what our demands are. Our demands include that they implement the Memorandum of Action signed in 202 with us.
“The document says government will release the first tranche of the Revitalisation Fund, pay Earned Academic Allowance, stop proliferation of universities and renegotiate the 2009 agreement, among others.
“They have set up a committee to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement and they are yet to come up with anything from the report of the committee they set up. I wonder why some people behave as if they are living in another world entirely. Is it because they are occupying public offices that they seem to exist in another planet?”
Buhari can take sick leave, allow someone else rule Nigeria – Kadara Ahmed
Chief Executive Officer of RadioNow, Kadaria Ahmed, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to proceed on sick leave and allow somebody to run the affairs of the country, following the deteriorating security challenges.
Ahmed last week described a recent BBC documentary on Zamfara banditry as “irresponsible reporting”.
She said the BBC documentary fell below the best practices of journalism, and was against public interest.
She said the BBC Africa Eye might be charged with aiding terrorism because it “glamorizes” terrorism by “providing” a platform for the terrorists to express their extreme views, and an insensitivity to their victims.
The Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed, also threatened to sanction BBC and Trust TV for “glorifying terrorism” in their banditry documentaries.
Speaking with Arise TV, Ahmed said her concerns over the documentary was not intended to excuse the government on its responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property.
She said, “I think Nigerians ought to tell their politicians that it is time to have a bipartisan approach to insecurity, because it is something that is going to consume us. Even now as it is consuming us, we are not asking who is PDP or who is APC. And this continuous politicisation of insecurity, for me, portends a serious danger to Nigeria.
“The grandstanding doesn’t make sense to me, because we are dealing with an existential threat, something that could actually wreck us all. I am not too sure we could get to elections, which is what people are holding onto, and saying, ‘if we get there maybe the new people coming in…’ but what happens between now and elections is a long period.
“So, our politicians need to become a little more aware, and even if it is behind the scenes. I am not even sure if we need to be seeing them on TV working things out, no. Please go behind the scenes, sit down, and reach a bipartisan agreement about how you’re going to deal with the crises that Nigeria is facing. We have never had it so bad. And if we are not careful, under their watch, we are losing this country. APC, PDP, all of them, so go behind the scenes.”
She also said that if President Buhari is sick and incapable of running the country, he should step aside and allow somebody else to take over.
“Even if it is a question of persuading the president. I don’t know, he has not been well, maybe he can go on sick leave for an extended period and allow somebody else to have a go. Because by his own admission, he said something like ‘no country on its own can defeat terrorism.’
“What I am hearing is, ‘I am not too sure there is anything more I can do.’ That is what I hear when I hear that. So, maybe it is time to look at other options,” she said.
Nigeria may collapse soon, nowhere is safe, Northern CAN warns
Nigeria is on the verge of collapse with attacks by criminals in different parts of the country, including Abuja, the seat of power, the Christiansl Association of Nigeria in the North has said.
The group asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to take urgent and proactive steps to save the situation.
They reaffirmed their stand against the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a multi-religious and cultural society like Nigeria.
They said they were against the same faith ticket as adopted by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The Secretary of CAN, in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Elder Sunday Oibe, stated these at a press conference on Sunday.
The group congratulated the newly elected National President of CAN, Rev. Dr Daniel Oko, and his vice, Rev. Dr Stephen Baba Panyam.
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He said, “We encourage them to stand firm like Joshua in the Bible in this difficult times to be the real voice for the church in Nigeria.
We pledge our unalloyed support in all areas to help them succeed.”
“We reaffirm our stand against the idea of a Muslim- Muslim ticket in a multi- religious and multi cultural society like Nigeria, particularly considering the fact that the country has never been this divided along religion and ethnic lines before.”
He also said, “Northern CAN wants to use this medium to call on politicians and political parties to be wary of those who might sneak to meet them secretly like Nichodeamus in the name of Christian leaders from the north, with the sole aim of wetting their political apatite and desperation for monetary gains.
“Northern CAN, as a reputable religious organisation, will never engage in any secret dealing with any politician as a matter of policy.”
“However, our doors are open to any Nigerian who desire to share with us, ideas on moving the country forward.
“Northern CAN, like many individuals and groups, is deeply concerned about the helpless security situation in the country. Nigeria is under siege by terrorists who are unleashing mayhem on the citizens and crippling economic and social activities across the country, particularly in states like Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Kebbi, Sokoto and even Abuja, the seat of power.”
Elder Oibe said “the continuous brazen and commando-like style, with which these terrorists operate unchallenged, even to the extent of issuing a threat to kidnap the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is worrisome.
“Northern CAN, hereby, calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to stop living in denial.
“Nigeria is on the verge of collapse, therefore, urgent and proactive steps must be taken to save the situation. No where is safe!
“Once again, we call on President Buhari to rise to the occasion, by living up to his constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property of citizens and defending the sovereignty of Nigeria.”
“We urge all well meaning Nigerians to unite and pray fervently for the country and for the defeat of the enemies of the Nigerian state,” he said.
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