Patricia Eromon Iyioha (P.E. Iyioha), nee Otibhor Okokhere (June 22, 1951-June 3, 2005), was a school administrator and enterpreneur. Born in Arue, Uromi, she had university degrees and certificates in the fields of Education and Home Economics. She was a Vice-Principal at the Edo College Secondary School, Nigeria, before her retirement from public service. After retirement, she was appointed the Principal at Fortune Montessori School, an elite private school in GRA, Benin, a position she held until her death in 2005.
While serving as a school administrator and teacher, Patricia successfully managed a string of business outfits in the culinary and wedding industries. She started, owned and operated several branches of the restaurant chain, Omon Restaurants, a culinary outfit that was later contracted by the government to provide daily meals for jail inmates in local police stations in Benin City. Patricia served in leadership positions in her religious and community circles and, as a philanthropist, supported orphans and less-privileged women by giving of her time and limited resources. She passionately taught young women about empowerment, self-development and professional growth.
Her three biological children and four adopted children remember with fondness her little acts of kindness: Spending time with the homeless and the disabled, giving gifts of money, food and clothes, including her own children's clothes when they weren't looking! Patricia laughed every time one of her children discovered their clothes on the back of a homeless or street child. In this way, she taught everyone around her the virtues of love and service. This international initiative, led and served by the collaborative efforts of many kind and committed individuals, is in continuation of Patricia's vision.