The First Lady of Nigeria and a permanent secretary in her native Bayelsa state, Patience Faka Jonathan today marked her 55th birthday at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, the first lady expressed her gratitude to God for the gift of life as well as that of her immediate family and thanked Nigerians for praying for her while she was away.
The first lady said she was grateful that God kept her alive to mark her birthday.
Her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, after presenting a gift to her, simply described her as a shining star in his life and thanked God for granting her good health.
The event was marked with thanksgiving prayers and presentation of gifts by family members as well as well wishers and friends.
The first lady was supported by her children with President Goodluck Jonathan; his mum, Mama Eunice Jonathan; to cut her cake during a family get-together.
Others present at the celebration were Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State with his spouse, Kemi and the Chaplain Aso Villa Chaple, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba.
Below are pictures from the celebration: