The History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Northern Nigeria will not be complete without the mentioning of the Amo as a people group who happens to be one of the first converts into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Pastor John Jacob Hyde, the first Seventh - day Adventist Missionary had arrived in Nigeria from Sierra-Leone in 1930. Arriving at Ibadan he chose to go to the Northern part of Nigeria thus arriving in Jengre in the present Plateau state on the 9th of February 1931. With the permission of the Government authorities at that time he established a medical clinic at Jengre. His primary assignment on arrival was the building of a house and the learning of the predominant local languages in the area (Amo and Hausa).

Interestingly to note, Hyde on arrival in Jengre met with four boys wearing monkey skins. These boys were said to be coming from a single family ‘the Kakwi’s family’ namely: Lamba later called Simon, Mayang later called Filibus, Mallum later called Bulus and Samaila all of the same father (Kakwi).

Another interesting young man that joined them was Istifanus K. Dariya. All of these five young converts became the first converts and all of them from Amo people group. John Jacob Hyde, after working in Jengre and its environs for about 6 years got his first 18 converts (including these 5 boys mentioned above) baptized in 1936. Among them 14 were Amo speaking people and 4 from other ethnic tribes.

Subsequently, the need for missionary evangelists arose, and again the first to be appointed as missionary evangelists were the young Amo Coverts namely, Lamba Simon Kakwi, Mayang Filibus kakwi, Mallum Bulus Kakwi and Samaila Kakwi. Most of them were sent to villages predominantly of the Amo speaking people for easy acceptability as the new faith was still at a nursery stage. For example, Filibus Kakwi was sent to Babban Fadama while Simon Kakwi remained at Kadamo. Since then, the Amo speaking people group have continued to embrace the Adventist message with all faith and strength.

From that time, the Amo people continued to join the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and many of them becoming Pastors and pioneer Pastors. Out of about 125 Adventist Pastors and Pioneers in both North East and North West Conferences, the Amo Pastors and Pioneers are about 55. Other ethnic tribes within the two Conferences share about 70 Pastors and Pioneers. This is as a result of the Love for truth by the Amo man.  To find a good number of Amo speaking people in a great number into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church is not by accident, because the Amo man, generally loves God and is eager to work in God’s vine yard. By this high percentage in work force within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the North will also suggest that this same Amo people group form a higher percentage in terms of membership of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the Northern part of Nigeria.