When we talk about grace to grass stories, there are a few that actually stand out in Nigeria today.
The shocking story of Nigerian man known as Goddy Anabor who was once a very wealthy man and ended up transformed back to poverty is one that gives an important life lesson. The once popular Lagos socialite and Billionaire publisher of the defunct Hearts Magazine, Chief Goddy Anabor, is now a cab driver. The erstwhile billionaire whose name and t!tles the likes of Sir Shina Peters, Oliver de Coque and so many other musicians documented lavishly in some of their albums now engages in the business to keep body and soul together, and after falling on bad times.
Operating incognito, Anabor uses a Toyota Camry (tiny light) for this and usually resumes his activities around 1 am when fewer eyes will be on him. His take off point is the popular Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos. Some of those who used to know him in his hey days are so sad and shocked by the way he ended up. They blamed bad marriage and drugs for his down fall.
At some point, he was residing inside Moshood Abiola Crescent, off Toyin Street, in Ikeja, Lagos. He also had a guest house in Ikeja GRA (on Joel Ogunnaike to be specific). As a matter of fact, the guest house today houses a Nud3 club – The Cave, owned by Shina Edo. He sold them all at the peak of his crisis. Likewise his huge hotel in Edo State and all his exotic automobiles, including a Rolls Royce.
The former billionaire who now works as a taxi driver to make ends meet was at some point, a popular businessman known years back with the nickname Ikeja axis.
Anabor in a recent interview with Bodun Kupoluyi, opened up on how he lost all his money and went from grace to grass.
The former billionaire revealed that he helped three people to become billionaires back in the day but all the people he helped have turned their back on him.
According to the distraught man, he made his riches through multiple investments but lost all of them because the people he entrusted his businesses to mismanaged it and they were also corrupt in their dealings.
Goddy Anabor disclosed that his second wife Anthonia shared business money with people on purchases and supplies.
Sharing how he met Anthonia, the man revealed that he met her at the police station when he once had a case at the station where she was a Sergeant.
In order to go out of his predicament, Anabor sold majority of his properties. He sold a house that ws worth 300 million for 84 million to a drug lord, Basorun A.K. The former billionaire also declared that he lost his fleet of over 50 cars which comprises of Bentley, Rolls Royce and others.
Although he is down and left with nothing now, he revealed that he is happy with people’s commentary about him whilst alive.