The untimely death of one of the Nigerian prestigious academicians, Professor Pius Adesanmi has thrown Nigerians into the mourning mood. It was a black Sunday when the Ethiopian airline carrying about 157 passengers en route for Nairobi, Kenya crashed 6 minutes after takeoff.
Professor Pius Adesanmi, the author of “Naija No Dey Carry Last” was on the Ethiopian Airlines Airbus 737 MAX 8, that crashed yesterday outside of Addis Ababa while going to Nairobi from Addis. Adesanmi was a friend of our publication.
Nigerians have taken to their social media platforms to mourn and celebrate the Professor who was before his death was public intellectual, writer, poet and scholar, who was also until his death at age 46, professor of African literature at Carleton University, Canada.
See the photos and tributes Nigerians are posting on social media to mourn one of their own:
Aminu Mamuda Otaki wrote on Facebook;
“RIP Prof. Pius Adesanmi
Let me share what Lola Shoneyin author of “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” wrote while praising your book ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’
“Whether he’s ruminating on government incompetence or taking a dig at the ineptitude of some of our leaders, Pius Adesanmi’s unapologetic, searing wit makes us laugh and cry. We laugh because his take on issues is genuinely funny; we cry because our leaders are genuinely funny. Adesanmi is the Nigerian god of satire…
Imagine the world without humour. RIP Prof.”
Efe Paul Azino, the author of “For Broken Men who Cross Often” took to his Instagram page to post a tribute with a broken heart emoji to the Professor:
“Ah! Alagba. What a light you were. This one is too much. Rest in peace Pius Adesanmi 💔”
Miss Wana Udobang wrote on her Instagram page:
“I hate that every month of this year I have had to fight off the listlessness that has come with the death of a friend or a community member
Oga mi as I always call you, I will truly miss your warmth and your witty responses to all my tweets. You were a real one.
My prayers are with your family and loved ones.
Rest well Pius Adesamni.”
Audra Adele Diptee wrote on Instagram:
“Rest In Peace my dear friend, brother, colleague and partner in crime Pius Adesanmi. Thank you for your counsel, friendship, love and loyalty. Who will I conspire with now dear brother? A great tree has fallen. #piusadesanmi #africanstudies
Professor Pius Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He took a BA (First Class Honours) from the University of Ilorin in 1992, then 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.
Adesanmi joined Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 2006 as a Professor of Literature and African studies. He was previously 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.
A poet and essayist, Prof. Adesanmi, who is survived by a wife and two daughters, was a public intellectual without peer. He was active on social media where he flagellated the Nigerian ruling class with well thought out interventions, amassing a huge following in the process.
An award-winning author, he was a highly sought after speaker and facilitator whose expertise and breadth of knowledge was a delight to all who had the pleasure of hearing him speak.
A day before he boarded that flight that took his life, here is his last post on his Facebook timeline.
“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10”
And was his last tweet:
“Folks, please, remember: “I cast my vote…” Any “I casted my vote” I see on my TL will be considered election violence. I reserve the right to defend myself.”
Folks, please, remember: "I cast my vote…" Any "I casted my vote" I see on my TL will be considered election violence. I reserve the right to defend myself.
— Pius Adesanmi (@pius_adesanmi) March 9, 2019