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Biography And Profile Of Professor Funmilayo Adesanya – Davies


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Professor Mercy Funmilayo Adesanya – Davies is a Nigerian Politician, Educationist, Author, Linguist and Bishop of Agape Bible Church, Rivers State, Nigeria.

She is a native of Ira Town, Kwara State.

Worthy of mention is the fact that she is a recipient of the UN -POLAC World Peace Ambassadorial Award.

Funmilayo is a Professor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) of the Northwestern Christian University, Florida.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics and Communication Studies.

Additionally, Mrs. Adesanya – Davies is an academic consultant, and a former Director of the Centre for Vocational Skills, Entrepreneural and General Studies.

She has numerous engagements in notable academic institutions across Africa, The United Kingdom, US and Canada.

Adesanya-Davies has authored some works. Notable among them is The Jonathan/Sambo Presidency in Nigeria: A Symbol of Peace, Unity and Progress.


Funmilayo Adesanya – Davies, was born on October 15, 1962 in Ira, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Born as a Princess into the royal family of Susan Adepoju and Isaac Salako,Nee Adepoju.


Funmilayo Adesanya

Funmi started her academic journey at Saint Clare’s Grammar School, Offa.

Afterwards, she enrolled at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State.

After her Secondary education, Funmilayo proceeded to the University of Ife – now Obafemi Awolowo University.

Here, she bagged a Bachelor of Arts in English and Yoruba in 1985.

Two years later, she was awarded a Masters Degree in English Language by the University of Ilorin.

Adesanya-Davies eventually moved on to the University of Port Harcourt, where she completed her Doctorate Degree in Applied Linguistics and Communication in 2003.

Owing to her love for education, she enrolled and got a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

She has however reached the peak of academics, as far as her field is concerned.

Marriage And Personal Life

Funmilayo Adesanya – Davies is married, with kids.

According to her, she met her husband, Pastor Femi Adesanya after her NYSC. They later got married on her birthday.

Pastor Femi is the senior pastor of Agape Bible Church. She is based in Port Harcourt.

Mercy Funmilayo has passion for teaching and mentoring.

And she does that through her academic and church ministries.

Academic Career

Mrs Adesanya-Davies served on sabbatical, as a Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Regent University of Science and Technology, Accra.

Funmilayo Adesanya

Adesanya-Davies was also employed as a Visiting Professor to the University of Cape Coast Cape Coast, Ghana.

Mercy facilitates Seminars and Workshops for Longman Pearson, Seminar Presentations and Workshops in Port Harcourt, and Cinefores, Brainfriend Project, Lagos, Nigeria.

She has over one hundred national and international published articles and poems to her credit and has delivered several scholarly, professional and public lectures in Nigeria, Africa, UK, Europe, United States, Canada, etc. (within and outside Nigeria.

Mercy is a member of; The British Association for Applied Linguistics (UK), Internationale de Linguistiquee (AILA), International Phonetics Association, UK.,, Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN) Nigeria, The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), and Teachers Registration Council (TRC) Nigeria etc. 

Mrs Adesanya-Davies also serves as External Examiner supervising Doctoral dissertations, for the School of Postgraduate Studies, uniiversity of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Political Career

Prof Olufumilayo Davies officially joined politics as an ardent member of the ACCORD Party in Kwara State.

She has remained there for years, until she joined PDP.

According to her, she has a good relationship with ex President Goodluck Jonathan.

Olufumilayo Davies is quoted as saying Goodluck Jonathan refused to dump Sambo in her stead, despite several several text messages to his number.

The Professor also claims to be close to two former presidential candidates – Sarah Jubril and Remi Sonaya.

Sarah is coincidentally from Kwara State.

Also, Remi was her lecturer at OAU. She is the founder of KOWA Party.

Church And Pastoral Career

Bishop Davies co pastors Agape Bible Church together with her husband.

Notably, she was born again in 1974.

However, Funmi started the journey as a chapel prefect in School.

She founded Agape Bible Church in 1988. Now, she preaches even outside her church.

She is a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Also, she is the secretary to the Elders Council of the National Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs.

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Creative Work

Nigerian copy right permits on Audio Bible in Pidgin English and major Nigerian languages in 2000, adopted by UN-POLAC

International Peace Advocates in December, 2015.


Major publications

A Contrastive Analysis of Focus in English

and Yoruba (2002)


An Analysis of Yoruba Students’

Performance in Written English (2002)


Investigating the Language of Mathematics



Problems Encountered by Yoruba Speakers

Learning English Cleft Constructions (2007)


Vocabulary Assessment of Second

Language Learners in Selected Primary

Schools in Nigeria & Ghana and its

Implications on Reading and Writing. In

International Journal of Current Research in

Humanities (IJCRH). George Padmore

Research Library on African Affairs. Accra-

Ghana. 3. 23-35. (2008)


A Survey of Proofreading Errors in Students’

Project in Second Language Learning. In An

International Journal of Contemporary Issues

in Education & Psychology (AIJCIEP).

Today’s World Advertising and Publishing

Company. Toronto, Ontario. Canada.1:3.



Adesanya, M.O., Phillip Arthur Gborsong &

Martin Segtub 2010. A Linguistic Study of

Electronic Media Advertisements in Ghana.

In Journal of the Linguistic Association of

Nigeria (JOLAN). 13:1. 27-38.


Adesanya, M.O. & Ibode, Osa Felix 2010.

Effects of the Use of Information

Communication Technology (ICT) on

Students’ Achievement in English Lexis and Structure.

International Baccalaureate Organization(Ibo)

and the Anglophone West Africa. (2010)

A Study of Yoruba Students’ Performance in

Errors with Emphasis on Focus

Constructions (2012)


Adesanya, M.O. The Speeches of President

Goodluck Jonathan: An Appraisal.


The Jonathan/Sambo Presidency in Nigeria:

A Symbol of Peace, Unity and Progress


Writing of Students in English as Second

Language (ESL) Situation: University of

Education Faculty of Humanities Journal:

ICHEKE Journal of the Faculty of Humanities

Port Harcourt. 10:2. 13-22.


Language in Societal Transformation: On the

National Language Question in the

Multilingual Nigerian Nation, African Journal

of Professional Research and Development

(AJPRHD) University of Education Port

Harcourt. 9:1.11-22.

Major Poems

– Bomb Blasts (2013)

– To All Boko Harams (2013)

– Oh Boko Haram !!! (2013)

– Solace(2013)

– Labour Pains (2013)

– NIGERIA-The Land of My Birth (2013)

– The Nomads (2015)

– The Lord God Almighty (2013)

– PSALM 121- Re-Write (2013)

– Divine Help (2013)


– My Travel-Tips are MS (2014)

– A Sacrifice of Scandal!Why? (2014)

Short Story


Newspaper Article

The Chibok Girls and Dame Patience Jonathan: Our Legacies Fast Fading Away (2014)

 Awards Received

  • Spill Leadership Award for Education and Capital Development Drive in Nigeria (2012); Honors of Ambassador of Peace of Universal Federation of Peace (Nigeria Chapter) ( 2012) at the International day of Peace, with the Debate theme “Can there be Peace in our Region?”, The Best Adjudicator Award at the South-South Universities Debate Championship held at the University of Calabar, Nigeria in June, (2012), with the theme Nigerian Oil: In search of Good Governance;
  • Human Capital Development and Good Governance Award (2013) of The Spill Magazine, Nigeria.
  • UN-POLAC World Peace Ambassador Award (Amb.P.) 2013.
  • Nigeria Woman of Excellence Merit Award, (WEMA) 2014 with the theme ‘Women Inspiring Positive Change’ in commemoration of international Women’s Day (IWD)
  • African Achievers Merit Award by The Africa Media Excludes, Accra, Ghana, 2014;
  • Great African Legacy Award by Noble Global News Magazine, Dubai, UAE, 2014.
  • The Majesty Magazine’s Legend of Courage Award’, 2014.
  • Positive Change’ in commemoration of international Women’s Day (IWD), 2014
  • African Achievers Merit Award by The Africa Media Executives, Accra, Ghana, 2014
  • Great African Legacy Award by Noble Global News Magazine, Dubai, UAE, 2014
  • Nigeria Woman of the Year Award, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, 2014
  • Nelson Mandela Life of Legendary Achievement Medal Award, Dubai, UAE, 2014
  • Kwara’s Foremost Scientists and Thinkers Award, Kwara State, Nigeria, 2015
  • Catholic Daouses Merit Award, Erin-Ile, Kwara State, 2016
  • Prestigious African Icon Legacy Award Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017.
  • Universal Federation Ambassador of Peace Award. Nigeria
  • The Best Adjudicator Award- South–South University Debate Championship, University of Calabar
  • Human Capital Development and Good Governance Award, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Legend of Courage Award, Merit house, Abuja, Nigeria
  • UN-POLAC World Peace Ambassador Award (Amb.P.) Merit house, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Nigeria Woman of Excellence Merit Award, (WEMA), with the theme ‘Women Inspiring
  • World Ambassador For Christ Award (WAFC ) 2017.

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