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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Lagos Big Boy Goddy Anabor Reveals how He Lost His Wealth

Lagos Big Boy Goddy Anabor Reveals how He Lost His Wealth

I just love the way I am living my life because it is how I've always planned it from back in the day when I started out studying journalism. I don't like stress but I equally hate poverty; so I know that the way out is to work and invest in at least two viable businesses before I start enjoying myself. I've been doing so to the best of my abilities but sometimes you meet people who are manner-less and lack proper family values and they can ruin you if God is not with you. Read Micah 7:5...

If you are a man and the woman you are with is not concerned about your future, just send her away let her go and try her luck with Yahoo Boys or married men who are stealing government money or even armed robbers and drug barons who portray themselves as "businessmen" to desperate ladies.

My own dad was very comfortable back in Port Harcourt but a man from Delta called Emma defrauded him and he had to sell his cars and other property to settle people. So, I very much understand the folly of relying on just one source of income in this unpredictable world. If you do, your enjoyment won't last long. I write these things to help men put their lives on the right track.

Now lets go to the sad story of Goddy Anabor, who used to be a very rich man in Lagos...

Goddy is broke and busted today, he took time to share his experience with E-27 Mag. Read and learn:

What happened to Chief Goddy Anabor, how did you find yourself here?
You know God said, when you help, they will help you. I made a lot of money from working with breweries, and different companies before I travelled abroad. I relocated to make money through one Mr. Ben at Top Breweries owned by Chief Lawson. I know a lot people in country, I’m Nigerian. I knew one Sogunro who we used to call Agbemo; whenever he travelled to London, I always went with him. I knew all his children who were half-castes. That was how I brought Fatai Sogunro who is also known as Chris Sogunro; he was a carpenter and bricklayer in London. I made him. I taught him what I was doing, and he is a big man today; he even used to borrow money from me.

In fact, in Lagos Sheraton Hotel, I spent 86 million Naira in hosting people from London for one year and three months. I have the receipts, and you can go and ask them thereToday, things are very rough for me and my family; in fact, I don’t even know what to say anymore. I see my name in all the newspapers, and I don’t know why.

I trained people like Chris Sogunro, Tokunbo Sodunke, Dare Babayemi, Wale Awesu, and many of them like that. I made them what they are, and today, they are Billionaires. I’m surprised that they see me in this condition; some of them say I’m pushing drugs, but they can’t help me out. I don’t why they are such ingrates. It is only one man called Mike Biggy who lives somewhere in Akowonjo that has helped me. He rented a house for me and really takes care of me. I wonder why this people decided to treat me this way considering the amount of money I spent on them. There was a time I had N3bn in Equity Bank at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, which I spent on people. Anyway, I thank God for my life. I started colour printing in Nigeria, and I was printing for Thisday Newspaper, Punch, and many others. I also registered a security company which was approved and I had a license. They gave three of us the license. We had Vanni, Gordon and another one. I was even guarding the airport.

You were quite big then; didn’t you invest your money wisely then?
I invested a lot of my money, but corruption and mismanagement of the people handling the businesses ran them down. When you have a business, it’s very good to employ people who are reliable and give them some percentage of the investment or profits to get their commitments. That lesson I learnt greatly. I was putting my wife and my family, they ran the business down. My wife, Anthonia was even sharing money with people on purchases and supplies. My workers were building houses from the money they were making from the companies without letting me know.

How did you meet Anthonia?
I met her at a Police Station when I was having a problem then. She was a Sergeant then, very beautiful woman. She was working with Dan Baba then and she was trying to assist me.

Was she your first wife?
No, my first wife is an Ijebu woman called Toyin, and she is still alive. I used to call her Toyin Tomato; she was always with Kolington, Tayelolu and the likes.

Why did you part with her?
I parted with her because she likes parties a lot.

But you were also going to parties then?
I went to parties, but I could not leave my family and go to parties. She used to leave our little son and go to parties. She had three children for me. My first daughter, Bose, is a Phd holder in London. I have another one who is a doctor, and Tunde who is in America.

Are they aware of your situation?
Yes. They’ve tried.

I knew you had properties on Isaac John and Alabi Crescent in Ikeja, what happened to them?
They (my friends) took advantage of me because they knew I needed money. I was offered N80m by a man called Basorun A.K for a house of about N300m. He has been in jail for about 10 years now because he was a drug dealer.

What happened to your fleet of cars because you had a penchant for them?
I had more than 50 cars like Bentley, Rolls Royce and others. I usually bought cars that were newly manufactured. Household enemies are the problems of my life. God has made me to see that the people I trusted don’t even care about me.

Why do you think everyone neglected you?
It’s corruption, distrust. I gave at least 60 percent of all I had to people. I’m so happy on the street because people like Ade Balogun take care of me.

What about Dare Babs; who was he to you?
He was my driver. I brought him from Abeokuta to Lagos when I was working at the Breweries. We had a problem because of some little money of $5m, which was stolen by one Kenny, though we’ve settled it. He’s a very good person, but I haven’t heard from him for some years now.

What’s your relationship with Oghadiome?
He is my village brother; in fact, my compound brother from Fuga in Edo State. The late Admiral Akhigbe was the governor of Lagos State then; I think he was the one that made Oghadiome to become a deputy to Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State then. When he (Oghadiome) became the Chief of Staff to Jonathan, I went to Abuja to look for him. I was thinking he would call me for something important because when his mother died, I was there. Even when they were building the secretariat in Fugar, I was the one that contributed the most and they named a hall there after me: Godwin Anabor Hall. Today, none of them recognises me, and it’s very funny [painful].

I know I will come back again; that’s why I’m speaking like this. I will come back again because you’re bound to go up and down seven times and still have the grace. I believe in God.

What is your greatest joy in life?
My joy is that I did not die and give people opportunity to say good things about me when I’m gone. I’m alive to see how people are treating me when I don’t have. In fact, people that I taught how to make money then and who are now rich don’t want to touch me.

Ambassadors of foreign countries used to attend your parties, what was your connection with them?
It’s because I’m honest. If you’re honest, people will come to you.

Tell me about your background, where are you from?
I’m from Fugar, Auchi in Edo state, but I was born in Kano, and grew up in Osogbo.

If you come back again, what lessons have you learnt in life?
I want people to know that the friend you have now is not your best friend; in fact, your household enemy is your family. It’s just you and God, believe me. Always watch your back.

Who is left with you now?
It’s God, and He is working because I’m living and enjoying. I still believe in Philippians 4:13. ‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.’

What is your greatest prayer to God now?
My prayer can be found in Psalm 1 which says, ‘Blessed is the man who does not walk in the midst of the wicked.’ He says he will bless them and make them like trees planted by the riverside. That’s what I prayed that I became a rich man. Forget about gossips.

How old are you chief?
I’m 55, and I was born on February 19.

Where is Anthonia and your children now?
They’re in London.

Tell me your last word?
My last word is that everybody should watch their back, because there are household enemies.

- Guys, wickedness is real, especially in this Lagos. Trust nobody, I mean nobody; friend, wife, etc.

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