Profile of Nigerian born Canadian professor, Pius Ilesanmi who died in the Ethiopian plane crash on Sunday
London, March 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-More details have emerged about the identity of the 157 people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 crash on Sunday
We now know that Passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the flight, including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, and seven Britons.
At least 19 victims were affiliated with the United Nations, according a UN official.
The crash happened at 08:44 local time, six minutes after the Boeing 737 Max-8 took off.
Of the deceased was a Nigeria-Canadian professor, Pius Ilesanmi
Mr Adesanmi who holds Nigerian and Canadian citizenship was a prominent columnist on PREMIUM TIMES and other Nigerian media, including Sahara Reporters
His death was confirmed by Sahara Reporters which said it spoke to three of his family members, a close friend and a Canadian official.
Carleton University, where Mr Adesanmi taught, also confirmed his death.
“The Carleton community is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who was among the 18 Canadians killed in today’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet at the Addis Ababa airport,” the university said in a statement.
“Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that Adesanmi is among the victims.
“Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president and vice-chancellor. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia.
“The contributions of Pius Adesanmi to Carleton are immeasurable,” said Pauline Rankin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students. He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton.
Aside being a Columnist, Professor Pius as was fondly called was writer, literary critic and satirist. He was the author of Naija No Dey Carry Last, a collection of satirical essays.
Late Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He had a BA (first class honours) from the University of Ilorin in 1992, a Masters in French from the University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2002.
From 2002 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, but in 2006, he joined Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada as a Professor of literature and African studies.
He has also been a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) from 1993 to 1997, as well as of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in 1998 and 2000[
His targets often included politicians, pastors, and other relevant public figures. In September 2015, his scathing column on the decision of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to take an underage wife generated substantial conversation on the matter, and even got the response of the Emir who responded to Adesanmi by name.[
In 2015, he gave a TED talk titled “Africa is the forward that the world needs to face
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In 2001, Adesanmi’s first book, The Wayfarer and Other Poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Poetry Prize.[
In 2010, his book You’re not a Country, Africa (Penguin Books, 2011), a collection of essays, won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the nonfiction category. While in 2017, Adesanmi was a recipient of Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award (Additional information from Wikipedia/BBC)