Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1949, began like an ordinary day in the quiet village of Irunda, Yagba Local Government Area of Kogi State. It began like an ordinary day, but it was not an ordinary day. A woman who was long past childbearing age was going to give birth like the Hebrew woman in the rural comfort of her little home.
She already had three children- two girls and one boy- before her womb was apparently sealed. When she became pregnant again at old age, everything seemed ominous. "I must abort this pregnancy", she vowed. But the oracle said that the child in her womb was going to be known and heard all over the world. So, the worried woman went back home to wait for life or death.
Tuesday January 5, 1949 she indeed gave birth to a big boy, but did not find any silver spoon in his mouth. His father had died. The child, named Tuesday, acquired primary school education and discovered that he could not go further because of lack of money, even though he had the dream to be a pastor. His mates left for secondary schools or teacher training colleges or even the modern secondary schools, but he went to Ikare Akoko to make a living. On his head, he carried a wooden box of medicine, walked around the town daily hollering "Fine Medicine!". At another time, he sold wood at a sawmill. Yet at another time, he hawked leather for shoes.
He then sought and obtained admission to ECWA Bible College, Igbaja, Kwara State. Out of his savings from street hawking, he paid part of his fees. After finishing Bible College, David Tuesday Adamo hoped to attend a seminary. But more challenges arose like Goliath in his way. The missionary in charge of the seminary rejected his candidature on the grounds that he did not attend a secondary school and could not have been called to the ministry.
In response to this challenge, David Tuesday Adamo registered for General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level. In 1973, he sate for the GCE O'Level examination and passed seven papers, including English Language. The stone that the privileged abandoned had become the cornerstone edifice of the poor.
The journey became smoother from then on. David gained admission into ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja and obtained the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th) in 1977. While at the seminary, he registered for GCE A'L but could not pay for the tuition. But he had a friend who had attempted the A'L GCE examination, failed and had abandoned the correspondence modules. David borrowed it, dusted it, read it, and passed Economics and Government at Advanced Level.
In 1978, he was offered admission into the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA, and was awarded the scholarship of that Univesity. There he obtained the degree of Master of Theology (MTh) in 1980. At the same time, he studied at the University of the State of New York, Albany, USA, from where he got another Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Liberal Arts. Yet, David was not satisfied. He had tasted from the Pierian spring and would drink deep. He moved on the Indiana Christian University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, in 1981. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Religion (RelD) in 1983. He was still not satisfied. He went to Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA, with the Nigerian Federal Government Scholarship and obtained the degree of PhD in Religion with specialization in Old Testament.
Professor David Tuesday Adamo has had a varied and rich work experience. He began his full time university teaching career in 1986 at the University of Ilorin when he was appointed a Lecturer II. He rose to the post of a Senior Lecturer in 1990. From 1991-1993 he was also a Senior Lecturer at Moi University, Kenya. From 1993 till 2007, he was a Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria and was a pioneer head of the Department of Religious Studies. Along the way he was visiting or adjunct Professor as follows: 1996 - 97 visiting Professor at the University of Edingburgh, UK. 1997, a visiting Professor at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway; 1999 at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA; the same year at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA; in 2002, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Professor David Tuesday was an external examiner to several Nigerian universities. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1994 - 1998.
He has held several pastoral positions, including pastor and counselor at Radio ELWA, Igbaja, Nigeria from 1972-77; Associate Chaplain, Chapel of Light, University of Ilorin, in 1986-89; Founder and Director, Homeland for Christ Ministries, Nigeria from 1986-1991; and Chaplain, Delta State University Interdenominational Chapel, 1993 till date.
Seven years after he was appointed Lecturer II, he became a full professor. Apart from two scholarships that he was awarded, he had several other distinctions as a student and as a lecturer. He was nominated the most distinguished scholar of the year by Paul Quinn College, 1986. The Biblical Archaeology Society, USA, listed him in Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology in 1986, and in 1999, he won the research grant of the American Academy of Religion, USA. Rev. Prof. D.T. ADamo is widely traveled and is a known voice at learned religious studies conferences in Nigeria and abroad. He is also widely published with five books and two others in print, three book reviews and thirty five articles published in every continent of the world, except Antartica.
An update of his recent achievements can be seen in his Curriculum Vitae [PDF]