Every Kingdom has a Queen and every ruling power has a first lady. Her Excellency, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan was the wife of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dame was born into a respectable Christian family of Chief Lazarus Iwari-Oba at Port-Harcourt in Rivers State. With the advantage of primary and secondary education, she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics/ Biology in 1989 from Rivers State College of Education and a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Psychology from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Dame Jonathan’s work experience spanned through Teaching, Banking, Sports Administration and Civil-Service before she became the Wife of the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State and years later, Bayelsa State Governor’s Wife.
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As the Wife of the President, she has been associated with the socio-economic upliftment of the youths and women of Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta.
This amiable woman is endeared to many people for her philanthropic and charity works. She is the Founder of the A.Aruera Reachout Foundation that has over the last eight years trained over 2000 women in different skills to enable them take care of themselves and their families. She has been described by many as a role model who has never stopped adding value to people’s lives with her charity works.
She is a friend of the less-privileged and a mother to the orphans who has never stopped supporting the poor through her Soup Kitchen largesse and scholarship awards to children of the less-privileged in the society.
In attestation to her charitable, political and humane contribution to society, she has received more international and national accolades such as a recipient of the International award for Excellence by the Yitzhak Rabin Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel 2008. This is the first of such recognition by this famous centre since its inception. The “Beyond the Tears” International Humanitarian Award New York , USA , 2008 for her role in the global fight against HIV\AIDS. Pro-Chancellor and Fellow, African Business School (October, 2008). African Goodwill Ambassador Award ( Los Angeles , USA , April, 2009). Recipient of the Award for Excellence from the Christian Women Fellowship for upholding dignity and positive projection of womanhood in our generation. Recipient of the Wind of Positive Change Award from the South\South Women Organization. Recipient of ‘Defender of the Poor’ Award by Society of St Vincent de Paul (Abuja Catholic Archdiocese).
She is a lover of peace and a mother of all. Her commendable life is worth of emulation.