The world woke up on Sunday morning 10th March, 2019 to the sad news of Ethiopian Airline crash in which one hundred & forty nine (149) passengers plus eight (8) crew members on board crashed eu rout from Kenya Nairobi to Adis Ababa
According to ACEGIST investigation, one hundred & fifty seven (157) Nationals from thirty three (33) different Nations of world were involved in which one of Nigerian Finest Professors, Professor Pius Adesanmi from Isanlu , Yagba East Local Government of Area of Kogi was also among the casualties.
In this brief write-ups, ACEGIST takes a look at the life and time of the late Iconic Professor Pius Adesanmi.
Pius Adesanmi was a Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer and literary critic, satirist, and columnist.
He was the author of the popular book “Naija No Dey Carry Last”, a collection of satirical essays.
To be precised, Late Pius 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.
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.For many years, Adesanmi has been a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters.
His writings are often satiric, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian social and political system.
His targets often include 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”
He had many awards to his kitty including the the prestigious one won in 2017, where he was awarded a recipient of Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award.
Late Professor Pius Adesanmi had many books to his name to include:
1. The Wayfarer and Other Poems (Oracle Books, Lagos; 2001)2.
You’re Not a Country, Africa (Penguin Books; 2011)
3. Naija No Dey Carry Last (Parrésia Publishers; 2015) among several others.
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.
In his humorous way of making his points on social media, late Professor Pius Adesanmi made this last post as on his twitter handle on 9th March 2019 after casting his vote as it reads thus, “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”.
On this note, ACEGIST blog site wishes to condole the good people Kogi State, Nigeria and Africa in general over this irreparable loss.
Adieu our erudite Professor, A Civilian Soldier in the business of quest for good governance, Pius Adesanmi!
Sani Michael Omakoji,
ACEGIST’s Senior Writer.
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