Sylvanus was born and raised in Nigeria. He graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. After training general surgery in New York City, he specialized in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals. He practiced as a neurosurgeon, in the private sector, as a civilian for the US Navy and also at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha.
Sylvanus has participated in medical missions and been involved in development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa in the education and healthcare sectors for several decades. He is president and founder of Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch Inc., a non-profit involved in education of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. (www.pacaw.org). He is the author of: RESCUE THYSELF: Change in Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come From Within. He is a well-respected speaker at meetings of national and international associations.