Dame Patience Jonathan is a former First Lady of Nigeria and the wife of former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. She was born Patience Faka on 25 October 1957 in the ancient city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Born in Port Harcourt, Patience Jonathan earned her first school leaving certificate in 1976, and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 1980.
In 1989, Patience Jonathan obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Biology from the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt and proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, where she also studied Biology and Psychology.
The former Nigeria first lady began her career as a teacher at the Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt and Sports Institute Isake, before moving to the banking sector in 1997, where she established the first community bank in Port Harcourt called the Akpo Community Bank.
Dame Patience Jonathan also served as a Marketing Manager of Imiete Community Bank, before briefly returning to the classroom as a teacher.
Mrs. Jonathan was soon transferred to the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, where she served until 29 May 1999 when her husband, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became the Deputy Governor of the state. On 12 July 2012, the former Nigerian first lady became a permanent secretary in Bayelsa state.
Dame Patience Jonathan The Philanthropist
Having served twice as First Lady (state and national level), Patience Jonathan has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her philanthropic work and political pragmatism. Her role in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, earned her the “Beyond The Tears” International Humanitarian Award New York, USA, in 2008. She also received the African Goodwill Ambassador Award (Los Angeles, USA, 2008) and also the recipient of the “Wind of Change” Award from the South/South Women’s Organization.
As the first lady of Bayelsa state between 2005 and 2007, Patience Jonathan founded many philanthropic and women empowerment programs, among them are the A-Aruere Reachout Foundation (AARF), which she set up to improve the status and earning capacity of Nigerian women and youths. The foundation already has its focus on supporting and assisting children with heart-related problems.
Patience Jonathan is married to former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and blessed with two children – Ariwera Jonathan and Aruabi Jonathan.
Patience Jonathan holds many traditional titles, some of which are:
– Odadigba of Otueke Kingdom, meaning the Ladder of Success.
– Unume Wheshi Ekpeye 1 of Ekpeye Kingdom in Rivers State.
– Yeye Obateru of Owu Kingdom, Ogun State, means the Wife of He Who Shares the King’s Burden.
– Yeye Ohun Orun of the Source of Ife Kingdom, Osun State, meaning the Wife of the Voice of the Heavens.
– Staff of Office, Okpahgwe Amawbia, Anambra State.
– Ada Di Oha Mma of Ukpo Kingdom (Daughter of the People of Ukpo).
– Honorary doctorate degree in Social Welfare Administration, Hansei University, South Korea.
Patience Jonathan is one Nigerian first lady that will never be forgotten in a hurry for her sense of humour, several quotes and sayings that entertained Nigerians all through her stay as Nigeria’s first lady.
Here are some of her famous ones
“My husband and Sambo is a good people.”
“The President was once a child and the Senators were once a children.”
“My fellow widows…”
“A good mother takes care of his children.”
“The people sitting before you were once a children.”
“Yes we are all happy for the effort, it is not easy to carry second in an International competition like this one, (addressing press men after Female Under-19 FIFA World Cup).”
“The bombers who born them? Wasn’t it not a woman? They were once a children now a adult now they are bombing women and children making some children a widow.”
“My heart feels sorry for these children who have become widows for loosing their parents for one reason or another.”
“We should have love for our fellow Nigerians irrespective of their NATIONALITY.”
“Thank God the Doctors and Nurses are responding to treatment.”
“I would rather kill myself instead of committing suicide.”
“Ojukwu is a great man, he died but his manhood lives on.”
“Chai! Chai! There is God o… there’s God in everything we are doing, continue!”
“Na only you waka come?”
“Vote UMBLERRA and press your finger for UMBLERRA.”
“My husband, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and Sambo is a quiet people.”
“”At least we all have HIV AIDS except that some of us are negative and some of us are positive (On World AIDS day speech).”
“History’ll not be completely without OJUKWU.”
“I donate my family on behalf of 20million.”