Nigerians emerge finalists in Ford Ranger Odyssey
TWO Nigerians, Moyosore Fawol and Giftson Onuiri have been selected as part of the top 20 finalists chosen for experience of a lifetime in this year’s 12-day adventure with the Ford Ranger.
Scheduled to take place in Namibia from 23 July to 3 August, the 20 finalist were selected after an intense, action-packed days of Boot Camp training and evaluation held in the small Karoo town of Prince Albert from 18 to 21 June.
A total of 38 contestants made their way to the start of Boot Camp, having been chosen from thousands of online entries received for this year’s event. The group comprised 29 South Africans along with four entrants from Nigeria, two each from Mozambique and Ivory Coast, and one from Angola.
The Boot Camp adventure which started on 18 June with in-depth instruction on the theoretical aspects of the Ford Range and 4×4 driving in general, along with the crucial elements of vehicle recovery techniques that will prepare them ahead of the main event.
The final assessment comprised a nerve-wrecking interview with the judging panel, comprising the Ford instructors, the media crew and a representative from Ford South Africa.
Throughout Boot Camp the contestants were scored and rated daily on a variety of aspects, including overall attitude and group interaction, grasp of practical and theoretical elements of 4×4 training, communication and leadership skills, as well as overall demeanour.
Ford said in a statement that the 20 finalists chosen for Namibia represent a fantastic mix of individuals that bring a superb level of energy, enthusiasm, camaraderie and a desire for adventure to the event.
The two Nigerians are both 31 years old, and live in Lagos. Fawol owns and runs his own construction company, and has a deep appreciation for nature, books and arts, while Onuiri is a photographer, and describes himself as an adventurous person that loves to drive.
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