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Who is Sylvia? Ali Bongo Ondimba’s wife

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 31, 2023. 07:39 pm UPDATED: Aug 31, 2023. 07:39 pm

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When military officers launched a coup against Ali Bongo Ondimba in August 2023 in an effort to void the results of a presidential election, he became the subject of a scandal.

Since his father Omar Bongo’s passing in 2009, Ondimba has served as president. He has been supported in this role by his wife Sylvia Bongo Ondimba.

Who is Gabon’s leader? Sylvia, Ali Bongo Ondimba’s spouse

Ali Bongo Ondimba’s wife is Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, also known as Sylvia Valentin. Since 1989, the couple has been married.

Her father, Édouard Valentin, is the chief executive officer of the insurance firm “Omnium Gabonais d’Assurances et de Réassurances” (OGAR).

Sylvia was born in Tunisia and raised in Cameroon. She earned a corporate management degree from a French university.

She founded her own wealth management company, Alliance S.A., in 1990 and has also worked for Gabon Immobilier, the country’s largest real estate company.

After her husband’s inauguration in October 2009, Sylvia was named the First Lady of Gabon.

She established the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation in 2011.

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In order to “improve the plight of vulnerable and disadvantaged people around the world,” the foundation “For the family” was founded.

Following a contentious election, Sylvia’s husband faced a military takeover in 2023.

On August 30, twelve soldiers made an appearance on national television to declare the “cancellation” of recent election results that had kept Ali in power.

When that happened, it was announced that Bongo had been put under house arrest. Earlier in 2019, a coup attempt was made against Bongo, but it ultimately failed.

From what country is Sylvia Bongo Ondimba?

Sylvia was born in Paris, France, but her family soon relocated to Douala, Cameroon.

When Sylvia was a teenager, her family decided to relocate to Gabon following a period spent there.

When she returned to the country after finishing university, this is where she would later meet her husband.

Do Sylvia and Ali Bongo Ondimba have any children?

Three children have been born to Ali and Sylvia over the course of their marriage. The three sons of Noureddin Edouard, Jalil, and Bilal are their three children.

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Malika is Ali’s daughter from a previous relationship. Ali Bongo was previously married to Inge Bongo in 1991, so Sylvia was not his first or only union.

Inge, a California resident who resided in Los Angeles, filed for divorce in 2015.

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