Sometimes in September, 2020; we did a story on Sylvia Nduka, a former beauty queen and self-acclaimed girlfriend of Nigerian industrialist and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
The story is about a property scandal in Surulere, Lagos in which Sylvia Nduka is enmeshed and which the 2011 winner of ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ crown dismissed as false rumour then.
Now, more facts have emerged on the scandal which people concerned tagged Sylviagate; while the self-acclaimed Dangote’s sidechick has run out of steam hitherto sustaining her make-believe lifestyle.
For so long, Sylvia Nduka misled people to believe she owns the property at 39, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, where she has her beauty shop called Sylvia’s Hair Gallery, whereas she is only a tenant.
The former beauty sensation played a prank by leasing the entire building, while turning around to rent out spaces to other tenants, thereby using the proceeds from the rents to maintain the lease.
Trouble started brewing however when, due to her high-handedness, lack of decorum and mutual respect; tenants were leaving the building until only one company said to be into logistics was left. As a result, she began finding it difficult to raise money to pay for the lease.
At a point in time, the owner of the property – one Chief T.A Adegboye was said to have given Sylvia quit notice with a grace of 6 months period; through his agents – Lekan Ayinla & Co.
Nevertheless, rather than honourably vacating the property, Sylvia went ahead to take in new tenants, collecting between one and two years from them.
The bubble burst however when, the landlord asked his agents to paste a copy of the quit notice on the door of every subtenant doing business in the building.
Faced with an impending shame and ridicule, she has perhaps gone into hiding. Meanwhile, she’s reported to have moved her hair gallery to one little space somewhere on the Island.
Sylvia who shot into limelight after winning the MBGN crown in 2011, has often been in the news over one controversy or the other.
In 2015, rumour was rife that she was working ‘below the belt’ under Aliko Dangote who even allegedly put her in the family way, but put her under intense pressure to get rid of the foetus.