Emeka Ike, the Nollywood star actor, surprised his admirersÂ and critics alike (even himself) when he beat a strong field of 10 top Nigerian celebrities made up of Funke Akindele, Weird MC, Chioma Chukwuka, Muma Gee, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Daddy Showkey, Darey Art_Alade and Princess to become the first winner of the Gulder Ultimate Search(GUS) Celebrity Showdown.
Inside the expanse, pristine and serene La Campagne Tropicana Resort Lekki, Lagos which hosted the 11 week old GUS Celebrity reality TV show, entertainment buffs, friends and fans of the celebrities gathered last Saturday for the unveiling of the winner of the first GUS Celebrity Showdown.
With Daddy Showkey, Darey Art_Alade and Emeka Ike, the last men standing, the die was cast for the history maker; but unknown to the audience history had already been made earlier in the day as the three contestants had concluded the last task of the reality TV show with a winner already awaiting to be crowned.
Even when the wait which began from 12 noon to about 7pm seems like eternity, there was no dull moment as there was unlimited entertainment from the Sharp Band. The celebrities who had earlier been evicted from the show also took time out to relieve their experiences.
There was also great musical performances by Muma Gee, Weird MC, Obesere, Banky W (who was the MC) and comedy by Princess, the lady with â€˜natural airbag.â€™ There was animated discussion in the audience as who will likely cart home the star prize in the Nigerian Breweries Plc sponsored reality TV show.
The final task was simple but the ultimate task. The host, Genevieve had addressed the three remaining contestants and gave clues on how to find the Golden Goblet buried in the beach sands. They were to dig according to specifications and measured distances to locate the treasure. But first they had to construct a ladder to be able to access the shovel.
Both Showkey and Darey wasted no time in their construction and went straight into action. But Emeka Ike had difficulty as he took quite some time to build the ladder.
Like the saying, â€œhe who laughs last laughs the best,â€ Emeka soon joined Dare and Showkey measuring his shovel five lengths away from the red flag as directed by the host. Within minutes of digging, just beside Darey, Emeka hit the treasure pot and dragged out the black box containing the Golden Goblet.
Showkey was exasperated. Darey shook in disbelief. Emeka shouted excitedly. With his find, he became N7.5 million richer and went into history books as the first Celebrity to win the GUS Celebrity Showdown.
An elated Emeka later said in an interview that he was happy to be the Last Celebrity Standing. He promised to be a good ambassador of the brand.