It was a sad day for many in the world on Sunday as all 157 passengers and crew members in the Ethiopia Airlines plane that crashed died.
But it was particularly a black Sunday for the people of Kogi State who lost one of its best brains, Professor Pius Adesanmi to the ill-fated crash.
Prof Adesanmi, although holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Canada, is originally from Isanlu, Yagba East of Kogi State.
The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday morning shortly after leaving Addis Ababa for Nairobi in Kenya.
Until his death, Prof Adesanmi worked with the Carleton University, Canada.
The University confirmed his death in the news letter below.
“The Carleton community is shocked and devastated 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.
“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 Adesnami 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.”
“A further tribute about Adesanmi’s leadership and many contributions to the Carleton community will be shared as soon as possible.”
Many notable Nigerian have, however, expressed shock at the sudden passing away of Prof. Adesanmi.
In his condolence message, Atiku said: “My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of those who lost dear ones in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. May God grant their souls rest, and strength and comfort to the deceased families.
“Professor Pius Adesanmi will be remembered for how he brought scholarship to progressive advocacy. His numerous followers on the social media will miss his insightful contribution towards a better Nigeria. I pray his soul will forever Rest In Peace.”
Reacting, Osinbajo’s aide, Laolu Akande in a tweet described the death of Adesanmi as a painful loss.
He wrote: “We mourn, with his family and associates, one of our notable public intellectuals of the day, Pius Adesanmi, award-winning writer & Canada-based professor, who reportedly passed on in today’s unfortunate Ethiopian Airlines crash. What a painful loss! May his memory be blessed.”
Dele Momodu said: “My very dear friend PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI was in the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane… My God, why Pius, that prodigiously brilliant gentleman!!! Rest in Peace, a great son of Africa…”
Natasha Akpoti whom the late Prof had been inspiring wrote: “I am heartbroken 😞 We lost @pius_adesanmi at d Ethiopian air crash. Sir, you inspired me with your words of encouragement.
“I never had d chance 2 tell you I was robbed off my victory and now heading 2 d tribunal so every girl would believe 🇳🇬…”
While Kayode Ogundamisi who still did not want to believe the amieble Prof is gone wrote: “.@pius_adesanmi I know you had issues boarding from Canada. May God give us that one slim chance that you missed the flight and you are still on your way and will soon call.”
Ogundamisi further shared the photo below:
ACEGIST joins other Nigerians to say we will forever miss your contributions to the world of Art and Culture, especially as it pertains Africa. But we take solace in the fact that the bit God has allowed you to do will forever live on.
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