Nigerian-born Canadian professor, Pius Adesanmi among 157 passengers in Ethiopian.

Written by on March 11, 2019

Nigerian-born Canadian scholar, Professor Pius Adesanmi, was yesterday confirmed to be among the 157 passengers on board an Ethiopian airline that crashed with no survivor.

The Ethiopian Airline, ET 302, en route Nairobi from Kenya, crashed after few minutes of take off with all on board dead in the early hours of Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Seven British, seven French, eight Italian and 18 Canadian nationals are among the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.

Thirty-two Kenyan, nine Ethiopian, eight U.S. and eight Chinese nationals were also among the dead, Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive, Tewolde GebreMariam, told journalists. None of the 149 passengers and eight crew members on board the Boeing 737 that crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi survived, the airline said.

In what was apparently his last post on Facebook, Prof Adesanmi, on March 9 at 12.56, posted a picture of himself in characteristic smile, holding his Canadian passport and wrote: “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”

Pius Adesanmi was a Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He is the author of Naija No Dey Carry Last, a collection of satirical essays.

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 was a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. His writings were often satiric, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian social and political system.


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