Patience Jonathan

Patience Faka Jonathan (born 25 October 1957) is the current First Lady of Nigeria and a permanent secretary in her native Bayelsa state. She is married to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

Education

Born in Port Harcourt, she earned her school certificate in 1976, and passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) 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 Biology and Psychology.

Career

Jonathan 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 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 became a permanent secretary in her native Bayelsa state.

She and her husband have two children.

Philanthropic work

Jonathan 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. When Goodluck Jonathan served as Governor between 2005 and 2007, Patience Jonathan served the state in the capacity of the first Lady of Bayelsa State.

During this period, she 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 removes EFCC inscriptions, recovers N2bn hotel

Patience Jonathan removes EFCC inscriptions, recovers N2bn hotel

Patience Jonathan removes EFCC inscriptions, recovers N2bn hotel
Patience Jonathan, Saraki, Dogara sun halarci taron kaddamar da littafi na Dino Melaye (HOTUNA, BIDIYO)

Patience Jonathan, Saraki, Dogara sun halarci taron kaddamar da littafi na Dino Melaye (HOTUNA, BIDIYO)

Dino Melaye, sanata dake wakiltan jihar Kogi ta yamma a majalisar dattawa ya kaddamar da sabon littafin sa wanda ya samu halartan manyan mutane a fadin kasar.

Patience Jonathan, Saraki, Dogara sun halarci taron kaddamar da littafi na Dino Melaye (HOTUNA, BIDIYO)
Wawu! Former First Lady Patience Jonathan STUNS at the Rivers state women's day, talks about women empowerment (photos)

Wawu! Former First Lady Patience Jonathan STUNS at the Rivers state women's day, talks about women empowerment (photos)

The former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan looks stunning has she attends the Rivers state women’s day golden jubilee celebration.

Wawu! Former First Lady Patience Jonathan STUNS at the Rivers state women's day, talks about women empowerment (photos)
From Good Luck to Bad Luck; why Father Mbaka dumped Goodluck Jonathan for Buhari in 2015

From Good Luck to Bad Luck; why Father Mbaka dumped Goodluck Jonathan for Buhari in 2015

Rev. Father Camillus Ejike Mbaka, founder of Adoration Ministries, who was a staunch supporter of Goodluck Jonathan mysteriously withdrew his support for him.

From Good Luck to Bad Luck; why Father Mbaka dumped Goodluck Jonathan for Buhari in 2015
Patience Jonathan ce ta sabbaba fadin mijinta a zaben 2015 - David Mark

Patience Jonathan ce ta sabbaba fadin mijinta a zaben 2015 - David Mark

Tsohon shugaban majalisan dattawa, David Mark, ya bayyana cewa tsohon shugaban kasa Goodluck Jonathan, ya rasa manyan yan jam’iyyar PDP da suka yaudaresa.

Patience Jonathan ce ta sabbaba fadin mijinta a zaben 2015 - David Mark
How Jonathan used Boko Haram as his ATM, 11 other revelations you should know about 2015 election

How Jonathan used Boko Haram as his ATM, 11 other revelations you should know about 2015 election

The revelations in the book titled ‘Against the Run of Play’, written by the chairman of Thisday newspaper’s editorial board, Olusegun Adeniyi are overwhelming.

How Jonathan used Boko Haram as his ATM, 11 other revelations you should know about 2015 election
Jonthan denies any rift with Amaechi, says the minister had disagreements with his wife

Jonthan denies any rift with Amaechi, says the minister had disagreements with his wife

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he had no political disagreement with the minister of transportation and former Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Jonthan denies any rift with Amaechi, says the minister had disagreements with his wife
Patience Jonathan opens up on why she withdrew from her account immediately after court order (photos)

Patience Jonathan opens up on why she withdrew from her account immediately after court order (photos)

NAIJ.com had reported that the former first lady on Monday, April 10 visited the Skye Bank Plc branch in Maitama, Abuja to make cash withdrawal from her account

Patience Jonathan opens up on why she withdrew from her account immediately after court order (photos)
We'll start eating them up alive soon: Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan's account and Nigerians can't keep calm

We'll start eating them up alive soon: Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan's account and Nigerians can't keep calm

Report has it that a Federal High Court in Lagos has unfrozen former first lady Patience Jonathan's account containing $5.9m and Nigerians have started reacting

We'll start eating them up alive soon: Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan's account and Nigerians can't keep calm
See what popular Nigerian pastor was spotted doing with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan (photos)

See what popular Nigerian pastor was spotted doing with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan (photos)

Popular Abuja Prophet Joshua Iginla paid a courtesy call to former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, March 24, 2017, in Otueke, Bayelsa state.

See what popular Nigerian pastor was spotted doing with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan (photos)
Amidst PDP leadership crisis, SEE where Jonathan and his wife were spotted

Amidst PDP leadership crisis, SEE where Jonathan and his wife were spotted

Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan, alongside his wife Patience were spotted arriving at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Wednesday, March 1

Amidst PDP leadership crisis, SEE where Jonathan and his wife were spotted
2019: Jonathan za ta tsaya takara

2019: Jonathan za ta tsaya takara

Patience Jonathan na shirin neman kujerar Sanata na Jihar Ribas a zabe mai zuwa na 2019 kamar yadda mu ke samun labari. Wannan labari dai ya jawo ka ce-na ce.

2019: Jonathan za ta tsaya takara
Patience Jonathan to run for Senate? READ what Nigerians are saying

Patience Jonathan to run for Senate? READ what Nigerians are saying

The news that the former First Lady Patience Jonathan might be running for Senate in 2019 is currently generating a lot of reactions on social media.

Patience Jonathan to run for Senate? READ what Nigerians are saying
GEJ's former aide cries out in court, reveals secrets of EFCC's plot against Jonathan

GEJ's former aide cries out in court, reveals secrets of EFCC's plot against Jonathan

A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forced him to speak falsely against GEJ.

GEJ's former aide cries out in court, reveals secrets of EFCC's plot against Jonathan
What this poet called former President Goodluck Jonathan will make you pity him

What this poet called former President Goodluck Jonathan will make you pity him

Former President Goodluck Jonathan turned a year older on 20th November. To celebrate, poet JohnPaul Nwadike called him shoeless Ijaw boy.

What this poet called former President Goodluck Jonathan will make you pity him
Kotun Duniya za ta binciki Patience Jonathan

Kotun Duniya za ta binciki Patience Jonathan

Kotun Duniya na ICC ta bayyana cewa ta samu karar da aka kawo mata kan Matar Tsohon Shugaban Kasa Patience Jonathan a Hedikwatar ta a bara.

Kotun Duniya za ta binciki Patience Jonathan
EXCLUSIVE: Timi Dakolo, FFK, others spotted at Goodluck Jonathan birthday

EXCLUSIVE: Timi Dakolo, FFK, others spotted at Goodluck Jonathan birthday

As Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan celebrates his 59th birthday, here are some of the first photos from his celebration.

EXCLUSIVE: Timi Dakolo, FFK, others spotted at Goodluck Jonathan birthday
For embarrassing Jonathan, Tompolo, militants issue Buhari deadly threat

For embarrassing Jonathan, Tompolo, militants issue Buhari deadly threat

Niger Delta militants have threatened President Muhammadu Buhari mot to embarrass Goodluck Jonathan or he will regret it.

For embarrassing Jonathan, Tompolo, militants issue Buhari deadly threat
An sake gano wasu kudade $175m dangane ga Patience Jonathan

An sake gano wasu kudade $175m dangane ga Patience Jonathan

Uwargidan tsohon shugaban kasa , Patience Jonathan,ta shiga uku yayinda hukumar EFCC tayi bibitan wasu kudi $175m mai alaka da asusun ta

An sake gano wasu kudade $175m dangane ga Patience Jonathan
More trouble for Patience over fresh $175m loot, CBN moves against banks, paper review

More trouble for Patience over fresh $175m loot, CBN moves against banks, paper review

The newspaper for November 14, focus on fresh $175m loot linked to former First lady Patience Jonathan among other stories.

More trouble for Patience over fresh $175m loot, CBN moves against banks, paper review
$175m found in Patience Jonathan’s bank account

$175m found in Patience Jonathan’s bank account

The deposits are different from the $15.5m earlier traced to the ex-First Lady which made the agency place No Debit Order on four accounts

$175m found in Patience Jonathan’s bank account
Patience Jonathan zata san makomar ta a EFCC nan ba da dadewa ba

Patience Jonathan zata san makomar ta a EFCC nan ba da dadewa ba

Shi kansa Mista Jonathan ya ce gwamnatin Buhari na bincikarsa kan zargin cin hanci da rashawa.

Patience Jonathan zata san makomar ta a EFCC nan ba da dadewa ba
Lafiyar Patience Jonathan na tabarbarewa - Matan Neja Delta

Lafiyar Patience Jonathan na tabarbarewa - Matan Neja Delta

Wani gungun matan neja delta masu zanga-zanga yace Patience Jonathan, matar tsohon shugaban kasa na fama da matsananciyar rashin lafiya

Lafiyar Patience Jonathan na tabarbarewa - Matan Neja Delta
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