Isaac Job, Uyo
A 300-level student of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Miss Gift Odama, has emerged the grand winner of this year’s Treasure Jungle Africa Reality TV show held in Mbiabong Ikot Udofia, Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.
Odama; 25 years old who is pursuing a degree in Guidance and Counselling, beat 30 other contestants to emerge the winner and was consequently crowned Emperor, Treasure Jungle 2022.
She went home with a car prize to mark her victory at the contest .
The Reality TV show, a yearly event is organised by the Treasure Jungle Africa, under the sponsorship of the Twin Legacy Enterprise, Goondee Box Investment, Juson Valley Enterprise, NTA and 7 others.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the presentation on Sunday, winner of the competition, Miss Odama, described her feeling as a dream come true, but said that the feat would not have been possible without God.
She called on Nigerian youths to believe in their abilities, adding that ”once you confidence in your ability every is achievable in life.”
“I feel very happy, indeed i cannot express my happiness right now, it’s like a dream come true. But i thank God because without Him I wouldn’t have been here today.
“It wasn’t easy, but i want to tell Nigerian youths out there that whatever they want to do they should believe in themselves first, if you believe in yourself that you can do it, every other things that people will say is not important..
“When i was coming for the competition, someone discouraged me and said shows like this, the organisers end up sleeping with you before you can make it through, but i said no I have not come here myself and see for myself.
”Everything that happened here is a reality and i can testify that this is the best that i have seen for now” she said.
Also, a Nollywood actor, Emmanuel Ekarika, described the the TV show as a reality and called on Nigeria youths to stop sitting down in one place and criticising government but should think of what they could do to help themselves.
He said” I want to say that this show is a reality because some people have it at the back of their minds that this is where people come and make quick money and go away.
”That is not true; the organisers are trying to encourage talent among the youths.
“We have seen the second runner up going home with 1000 dollars, the first runner up with 2000 dollars and the over all winner with a price money and a car. So,
” I want to encourage our youths to stop looking for what government can do for them and come to competition like this to develop their talents.”
In his remarks, the Director of the Treasure Jungle Reality show, Mr Iniobong Udoh, said that it was a very challenging experience being season 1 of the competition but expressed appreciation that it ended well.
He also appreciated the community for their peaceful disposition throughout the competition.