Patience Jonathan, former first lady of Nigeria, turned 54 years old yesterday October 25th.
Mrs Jonathan had a birthday party that was attended by her close friends and family. See more photos below…
Mrs. Patience Dame Jonathan was the First Lady of Nigeria from 9 February 2010 to 29 May 2015. married to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Born on 25 October 1957 in Port Harcourt.
She earned her school certificate in 1976, and passed the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in 1980. In 1989, she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Biology from the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt. She then proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt and studied for a B.Ed in Biology and Psychology. She has a P.hD from the University of Port Harcourt.
She started her career as a teacher at the Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt and Sports Institute Isake. She then moved to the banking sector in 1997, where she established the first community bank in Port Harcourt called the Akpo Community Bank. She served as Marketing Manager of Imiete Community Bank. She returned to the classroom briefly again as a teacher. Eventually, she was transferred to the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, where she served until 29 May 1999 when her husband became the Deputy Governor of the state.
On 12 July 2012, she was appointed as permanent secretary in Bayelsa state by a Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson. She has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her philanthropic work and political pragmatism.
She received the “Beyond The Tears” International Humanitarian Award New York, USA, in 2008, for her role in the global fight against HIV/AIDS; the African Goodwill Ambassador Award (Los Angeles, USA, 2008) and the recipient of the “Wind of Change” Award from the South/South Women’s Organization.