Ranger Odyssey most challenging yet, but with spectacular driving
PALMWAG (Namibia) — After seven action-packed days, some of the most challenging yet spectacular driving on the African continent and a series of special tasks, the remaining 18 Ranger Odyssey this week faced off on the second round of eliminations in Palmwag.
Following the departure of two contestants, Johan Henn and Durbanite Xoliswa Nontanda on July 27, a further four contestants were lined up for elimination from the competition today.
Giftson Onuiri, a photographer from Lagos in Nigeria, sales manager Gavin Jones from Johannesburg and Pretoria-based IT administrator Monica Nkosna saw their Ranger Odyssey adventure come to an end, based on their cumulative scores which are determined by their driving skills, team interaction, vehicle maintenance plus tests on various topics relating to the trip and the African continent.
Moyosore Fawole, the owner of a Nigerian construction company, was also scheduled to head home. However, in a dramatic surprise twist for the remaining 14 contestants, there was an additional voting session where each person was given the opportunity to vote one of the four eliminated contestants back into the game.
The results were tallied up along with those of the team of instructors, and Fawole was given a lifeline and the opportunity to continue through to the end of the 2015 Ranger Odyssey.
“I’m really happy to be back in the game, although I had already made peace with the fact that my trip had ended,” Fawole said.
For Monica Nkosna, the elimination came as somewhat of a surprise. “I don’t know what went wrong because I did not see this coming,” she said.
“I didn’t do too well when it came to the theory, but when it counted I think I pulled my weight. The experience was great, I learnt a lot and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Odyssey.”
Gavin Jones was similarly disappointed to be leaving early, but was upbeat about the entire experience. “I’m not surprised and to be honest I’m okay with being eliminated. I had a feeling walking into the elimination that it was going to happen and in all honesty my marks on the exams were indeed shocking. The early mornings don’t go well with me, neither do the tests. But it has been a life-changing adventure, and the trip and all the people have been phenomenal.”
Giftson Onuiri has begun his long trek home to Nigeria. “Unfortunately I don’t think the other contestants understood me, but overall I feel good about how I played the game. My scores have been pretty low but I was hoping for a second chance … I think the experience is the real prize.”
The winner, who takes home an Odyssey Ranger for a year, plus the equivalent of R5 000 fuel per month, will be revealed at a Ford event in Sandton on August 11.
The www.rangerodyssey.com website features a leader board that is updated daily for fans to follow the progress, showing which of the contestants are in the top five, along with biographies for each person.
Back Seat Driver Competition Ranger Odyssey fans are able to follow and participate in the event themselves by entering the “Back Seat Driver” competition hosted at rangerodyssey.com
The competition ran until Wednesday, and participants had to register on the site, interact by viewing the content — including the daily blogs, photographs and videos — and book a test drive.
Each interaction scored points, and the more times you visited the site the better the chances of winning. — WR.
A hard battle for points in Namibia, has seen Durbanite Xoliswa Nontanda among those eliminated from the Ranger Odyssey.