Gulder Ultimate Search: Forty applicants emerge from rigorous screening exercise
The Gulder Ultimate Search has shortlisted 40 contestants who would be moving to the final stage of the screening process.
According to organisers, approximately 20,000 applications were received online before a rigorous selection process narrowed the number to about 200 per region.
Successful applicants underwent another screening exercise to test their intellectual, physical, mental and medical fitness across the country. The first set of screening processes took place in Abuja on Tuesday, September 14 and Enugu on Wednesday, September 15, while the Lagos screening took place on Thursday and Friday, September 16 and 17, 2021.
As promised by the organisers, COVID-19 protocols were duly followed right from the gate where temperatures were taken. This was followed by another series of tests by the medical team, and only those that were certified medically fit advanced to the accreditation stage.
It took about two (2) hours to complete the test rounds for each of the applicants before 80 applicants went through a swimming exercise from where the final 40 shortlisted contestants emerged.
Many of the unsuccessful applicants described the process as fair and impartial and thanked Nigerian Breweries Plc. for the opportunity.
According to Sade Morgan, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, “To be honest, we are not surprised about the number of applications that thronged our website; that has always been the reaction.”
“And while in the past season, we tried to ensure many more applicants got a chance to make it into screening, this year is quite different as we had to comply with the very strict social distancing rules, and all the medics and heavy security.”
Since the show was announced earlier in the month after a seven-year hiatus, interest has piqued among Nigerians particularly on social media where it has dominated online conversations.
The show is scheduled to start airing from October 16, 2021, until it ends On December 19, 2021.