Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Grand Commander of the Order of Niger, President, and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was born to a humble Niger Delta family of canoe makers on November 20, 1957. Growing up with a loving family, Dr. Jonathan had humble yet adventurous beginnings. In spite of the beauty of the Niger Delta and live his childhood, he decided to go to school.
He attended St. Stephens and St. Michaels Primary Schools, finishing in 1969. He proceeded to Mater Dei High School, where he passed his West African School Certificate with outstanding grades. Finishing of his high school education, he worked as a Preventive Officer with the Nigerian Customs Service for two years, before going to the University of Port Harcourt as one of the pioneer students of the new university nestling on the shores of the Choba River. He chose Zoology to study. As a child he had been fascinated and amazed with nature and growing up by the shores of the interlacing rivers and waterways of the Niger Delta, full with native animals and aquatic life. He graduated with Second Class Upper honors in 1981. In 1985 and 1995 he studied for his Masters and Ph.D degrees in Hydrobiology, Fisheries Biology, and Zoology, from the same University. But this was not until he had completed his mandatory one year of National Youth Service in Iresi, now Osun State of Nigeria. Returning to home with the warm embrace of family and friends in 1982, he was appointed as Science Inspector of Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, while he was studying in between for his post-graduate and graduate degrees. Between 1983 and 1993 he took up employment as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Science, at the Rivers State College of Education. In 1993, he was appointed assistant director in charge of Environmental Protection. Working in a developmental environment, his desire to better of the lot of the people motivated him to answer the call to service. He resigned...
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