Mallam Adamu Adamu was born in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State on 25th May, 1956. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and also obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
After graduation from the University, Adamu worked briefly as an Accountant in his home state, Bauchi, before venturing into journalism where he rose through ranks to become Deputy Editor of the defunct New Nigerian Newspaper.
Mallam Adamu began his career as a Writer and a Public Analyst in 1984. He took his first newspaper job as an editor 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 and he published several articles covering troubling issues that had taken place all around the country.
He was appointed Minister of Education by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2015 when the President made his first major appointments. Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had worked as the Secretary of Muhammadu Buhari’s Transition Committee. Also before his appointment, Adamu wrote back page column for Media Trust’s titles and was often broadcasted by many news outlets including London-based Crescent International.
Mallam Adamu’s invaluable contributions to the education sector contributed in his redeployment to the Federal Ministry of Education as the honourable Minister, where he had previously served for four years.