Synda graduated as valedictorian from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, where she obtained her law degree with First Class Honours. She holds an LLM (with Distinction) in Environmental Law and Policy from the University of Kent and a PhD in law from the University of Birmingham. Synda is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a former Commonwealth Scholar (2013-2014).
Synda taught law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and represented clients in Nigerian courts prior to joining Birmingham Law School. Before taking up the role of Assistant Professor, she was a Teaching Associate and a Teaching Fellow. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.