Popular Nigerian actor, director, and producer Bob-Manuel Udokwu has explained why he is not the anchor for this year’s Gulder Ultimate Search.
The reality TV show is set to commence from this Saturday, October 16, 2021, and will run till December 19, when the grand finale will hold.
The ‘Rattlesnake’ actor revealed this while having a chat with THE WHISTLER correspondent on why he is not the anchor for this year’s season.
Udokwu explained that he anchored the programme for five different seasons making him the longest anchorman of the show.
He said, “You mentioned that I’m always involved in Gulder Ultimate Search but not in this year’s show. Let set the record straight. GUS started in 2004. I became the anchor of the show in Season 4 in 2007 and anchored it for 5 out of a total of 10 years. (2004 – 2013), thus making me the longest anchorman of the show. The show is coming back this year, after seven years break.”
He explained that the organisers decided to make some changes in the presentation of the show by introducing a Task Master along with the Anchor.
However, Udokwu said that he is not totally out of the show as he will be making ‘celebrity appearances’.
“The organizers decided to make some changes in the presentation of the show by introducing a Task Master along with the Anchor. I am playing non of the roles above but I will be making celebrity appearances in this year’s show as a mark of honour. So, I’m not totally out of Gulder Ultimate Search.”
The first edition of the show was held in 2004 and it has run for eleven seasons with a celebrity edition that was aired in 2010.
The GUS series is also the very first local content reality TV program in Nigeria, and it is a survival-type reality show format where the contestants struggle against each other in the harsh terrain of the jungle in which they are camped with a balance of wits and strength.
Meanwhile, Udokwu has caused reaction among fans, after he took to his Instagram page @bobmanueludokwuofficial to post a picture of himself standing at GUS stage.
@chachukwuoma said, “Bravo, my best reality show ever no other can beat Gulder Ultimate Search for life.”
@ogemia said, “Wow, can’t wait, was thinking it was only Toke.”
“I can wait again, I love this program more than the so called BBN,” @victoriaoluchiogbonna said.
@ugbede_onuche also said, “Wow that’s interesting, sir is there any live channel for GUS?”
@ruthbrown_wills said, “Our Bobby’ is back. I’ve missed you.”
“Wow! Can’t wait to hear your voice,” @hardeyhardey_04 said.