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Ford, Coscharis calls for entries for 2015 Ranger Odyssey Africa Challenge

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Ford Motor Company, in association with its accredited dealer in Nigeria, Coscharis Motors, has announced ‘Call for Entry’ into the 2015 edition of its action-packed Ranger Odyssey Africa Challenge; themed: “Brain Vs Brawn.”

Coscharis explained that the third edition of the annual Ranger Odyssey will see a total of 20 contestants navigating through the extremely challenging north-western region of Namibia on a 12-day expedition that will push each person to the limit, noting that the adventure will start off at Spitzkoppe and travels through Palmwag, Khuwarib and the barren and unforgiving Desolation Trail that follows the Huab River to Desolation Valley.

“The Ranger Odyssey is a unique event that gives dynamic individuals with a spirit for adventure the chance to see some of the most spectacular parts of Africa,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).

Ford said while the life-changing experience is an exceptional prize in itself, there’s also the allure of the grand prize which includes the use of an Odyssey-spec Ranger for a year, along with R5 000 or its naira equivalent (in case a Nigerian emerges winner) worth of fuel per month.

Speaking on the 2015 edition, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Services, Coscharis Motors, Mr. Abiona Babarinde, said Ford is offering Nigerians, with an adventurous spirit, the opportunity to experience the adventure of a lifetime through the Ranger Odyssey. “The Ranger is built for the tough, and through this competition, Ford aims to bring together a group of people across the continent who have adventurous spirit to experience the best Africa has to offer.”

He explained further that in preparation towards the Namibia competition, Nigeria will hold an antecedent event on the 29th of May, 2015.  Interested participants will first battle it out here in Nigeria, where three winners will emerge to join Mr. Chinonso Okezuo, winner of the 2014 Nigerian arm of the Ranger competition. Thereafter, they will all proceed to represent Nigeria at the Karoo Boot Camp in South Africa where the best two from Nigeria will proceed to grand finale of the competition in Namibia.

Mr. Okezuo could not make it to Namibia last year due to a travel ban on Nigerian travelers owing to the notorious Ebola scare at the time. He will therefore be among the contingents for the 2015 Ranger Odyssey.

Since the first Ranger Odyssey in 2012, which had around 700 entries, last year more than 8 000 people registered for the competition – and this number is expected to grow even further this year due to the high profile and remarkable success of this event.

To enter for the competition, interested persons are required to register online at by the closing date of  May 15.

The application requires submitting a short personal biography, followed up with a ‘selfie’ photograph taken with an Odyssey-branded Ranger at any Coscharis Motors Showroom.