I STILL COOK FOR MY HUSBAND.DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN
Bet you don't know that Dame (DR) Patience Good luck Jonathan is a graduate of Biology/Psychology from University of Port Harcourt, she also taught at the world famous Steller Maris College, Port Harcourt. The dazzling daughter of Chief and Mrs. Lazarus Iwari-Oba is a mother of two children.
In a recent interview, she tells her love story with the president of the most populous black nation in the world.
Excerpt from the interview;
How did you met your husband?
We first met at the Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt where I was a student. He was my Biology lecturer.Later; he left for university of Port Harcourt to pursue his PhD.
We met again at the University of Port Harcourt when I went for undergraduate degree. That was where our relationship began. He took interest in me because I was a brilliant and smart student.
It was love at first sight on his part. But it never crossed my mind that it would lead to a serious relationship. My first impression of him was 'this tall, dark, hansome young man”.
Further interaction with him also revealed that he came from a good Christian home just like I did. His humble and gentle disposition caught my attention and most importantly, his intelligence.
What endearing trait did he have that convinced you that he was the one for you?
As I said earlier, what attracted me to him was that he was God-fearing, handsome, intelligent, calm and humble.
Do you believe in the adage that says behind every successful man is a woman?
Yes, but I will say beside every successful man is a woman just as beside every successful woman there is a man. Men and Women are to complement each other. That is the way God made it.
Are there things you still like to do personally for your husband up till now even with a large retinue of staff?
I still cook for my husband; you remember I went to the market the other day to buy things for myself. I was at the Utako Market to buy foodstuff and soup ingredients.
This is one thing I enjoy doing. I will prefer to go to the market by myself if I have the opportunity. It is my primary role as a mother and as a wife. There are dishes that my husband prefers which only I can prepare for him.
Is it possible for both of you to still find quality time to spend together especially with such bulging schedules because as they say, politicians never sleep?
I married my husband before he became the President. We still live our life the way we started.So,I do not allow the office to come between us.
Don't forget he has been in politics for a while now, and we have been together since. We blend perfectly between demands of office and family. None interferes with the other. He also is the type of man who thrives on mental stimulation so you have to be at par with him at all times.
And also he likes his breathing space, which is healthy for most couples as it is good for each person to have their own individuality even though they are one in marriage and spirit. Plenty of confidence and trust also required in every partnership.Which,I am pleased to say, we have both built and earned over the years, He is naturally not an outgoing man, because we are each other's friends and soulmates,we find time to discuss everything that comes up and advise each other accordingly, I believe that we strongly complement each other deeply even if we have our flaws like every human beings. Nobody is perfect as you know but understanding, love patience with God's blessings and prayers conquer all and we are conscious of the fact that after office, the family continues.