Mallam Adamu Adamu Biography

Mallam Adamu Adamu was born on 25 May 1954, is a Nigerian accountant and journalist who is currently serving as the Minister of Education.

Early Life & Education

Adamu was born on 25 May 1954 in Azare. He went to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He later received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He is a polyglot and speaks Hausa, English,farsi(Persian),Arabic and French.


After graduating, Adamu worked briefly as an accountant in Bauchi State before later venturing into journalism. He began his journalistic career as a public analyst and writer On a variety of different themes and subjects; and he later got his first job with the New Nigerian Newspapers as Special Correspondent and member of the editorial board of the New Nigerian group of newspapers in 1984. He rose to become Deputy Editor of the New Nigerian newspaper and chairman of the group Editorial Board.

Adamu was also a back-page columnist [Friday Column] for Media Trust’s titles and has contributed to many news outlets including Canada-based Crescent International. Adamu also served as a Special Assistant to General Muhammadu Buhari, then chairman of the Petroleum [Special] Trust Fund, PTF. Before his appointment as minister, in 2015, he was the secretary and member of Muhammadu Buhari’s APC Presidential Transition Committee.

Upon receiving his university degree, Adamu Adamu was hired as an accountant at CCP and then continued to work at the CNL in Bauchi State, before joining the local government in the same position.

Feeling that he needed a new challenge, Mallam Adamu decided to begin a career as a writer and a public analyst.

He took his first newspaper editor job in 1984 but made a name for himself as a columnist for Daily Trust. During those years, he became known as an active commentator on the events that transpired in Nigeria.

He also published several articles covering troubling issues that had taken place all around Nigeria.

For a couple of years, the Minister of Education served as a Personal Assistant to late Chief Soloman Lar, one of the original supporters of the PDP and its first national chairman.

He has been a loyal follower of President Muhammadu Buhari for years before the latter was elected the President of Nigeria.

Adamu was one of the men that accompanied Buhari to Bauchi State in 2007 to promote the candidacy of Isa Yuguda, a representative of the ANPP. Adamu’s consistent support of the current President of Nigeria led him to be marked as anti-PDP.

Minister In Education

Adamu Adamu was first appointed Minister of Education by President Muhammadu Buhari on 11 November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments. He was reappointed on 21 August 2019.

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