This memorial website was created in memory of our brother, colleague and friend Pius Adesanmi who was born on February 27, 1972 and died in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster on March 10, 2019 on his way to Nairobi. 

We will remember him forever and ever.

Posted by Adeola Ibigbemi on March 21, 2019
You are a direct definition of humanity and vision.
May God accept your spirit.
Rest in peace Prof.
Posted by Omolade Obatayo on March 19, 2019
Very rare human
Your work speaks after you .
Rest easy bro
Posted by Tola Olowolafe on March 14, 2019
Prof Pius Adesanmi was a brilliant man. An outstandingly brilliant man. Who indeed continually channelled his brilliance to bettering humanity, especially those of the African descent.  We lost a rare gem and a voice of reason. Continue to rest in peace Prof.
Posted by Tunde Olusunle on March 11, 2019
The untimely demise of Prof Pius Adesanmi in the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight, Sunday March 10, is singularly grievous for me.
Pius Adesanmi didn't meet me at the University of Ilorin.
Like me, though he studied at the primordial Department of Modern European Languages, before the English and French segments of the department were each granted autonomous status, several years after I had left.
He earned a First Class degree in French, seven years after I left Unilorin and rapidly built a formidable globally acclaimed reputation as as a gifted creative writer, a perspicacious literary scholar, a fearless and prolific public commentator and an authentic Nigerian patriot, over the years.
I got to take more than a passing interest in his endeavours with the realisation that we were coincidentally linked by the fact that he was a highly regarded Okunman who came from the same place, Isanlu, Yagba East, Kogi State, with me.
He found reason to highlight and celebrate the traditional essence of our people in his regular public commentaries. He extolled the pristine serenity of Isanlu, where his own father made a name as a frontline educationist, rising to the position of school principal in the foremost secondary school in our place, St. Kizito's College, among others.
He was an avid connoisseur of fresh natural palmwine who loved the communion of the calabash.
He typically alluded to the inextricable bonds of amity between our people, which harboured no place for religious animosity in any form.
Yagbaland, Okunland, Kogi State and indeed the literary community at home and in diaspora have lost a great mind in his prime.
Nduka Otiono, a writer friend of mine based in Canada visited me in Abuja a few years back. He knew Pius quite well being in the same Nigerian literary cum intellectual community in Canada.
I hosted Nduka to drinks and good music in my place and a few friends came over.
We were in Maitama and Pius, coincidentally, was also in Abuja and Nduka wanted us to meet, being from the same place.
I remember we spoke on phone (Pius and I) and he sounded like a regular guy, away from the bookworm we had come to identify him as.
He was quite delighted to hear my voice as that Egbon who didn't grow up in our place but has been altruistic enough to find employment for some of our younger fellas at home and impacted in his own little way on the community.
He couldn't join us though because he had an appointment in Gwarimpa, another district in Abuja...
That was the closest we came to meeting each other.
It's bad enough to lose a compatriot, it is more stinging if the victim is so, so near home...
Painful, but we can't question God.
Rest in peace, Pius.
* Tunde Olusunle

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Posted by Adeola Ibigbemi on March 21, 2019
You are a direct definition of humanity and vision.
May God accept your spirit.
Rest in peace Prof.
Posted by Omolade Obatayo on March 19, 2019
Very rare human
Your work speaks after you .
Rest easy bro
Posted by Tola Olowolafe on March 14, 2019
Prof Pius Adesanmi was a brilliant man. An outstandingly brilliant man. Who indeed continually channelled his brilliance to bettering humanity, especially those of the African descent.  We lost a rare gem and a voice of reason. Continue to rest in peace Prof.
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The community of Nigerian writers, scholars and journalists announces with great shock and sadness the sudden and painful passing of our friend, colleague and brother, Professor Pius Adesanmi who was aboard the Ethiopia Airlines Airbus 737 MAX 8 that crashed on the morning of March 10, 2019 in Addis Ababa.

He was en route Nairobi as a participant at the ECOSOCC Meeting organised by the African Union.
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.
From 2002 to 2005 he was Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
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.
For many years, Adesanmi maintained a regular column for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. His writings were often satirical, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian social and political space. His targets often included politicians, pastors, and other relevant public figures. He spoke truth without fear or favour.
In September 2015, his scathing piece on the decision of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, to take an underaged wife generated substantial conversation and even elicited a response from the Emir, who responded to Adesanmi by name.
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.
In 2015, he gave a TED talk titled "Africa Is The Forward That The World Needs To Face." His talk at the televised The Platform programme, held in Lagos, was a national sensation. Among his many endeavours in a prolific career as a public intellectual, Adesanmi maintained a column on the popular Nigeria Village Square website, and was a long-standing member of the editorial team. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Ake Arts & Book Festival. 
Many Nigerian writers had the privilege of knowing Pius Adesanmi for about 25 years, from the moment he burst onto the Ibadan/Lagos literary scene with his creativity, his wit, his love for literary criticism and his infectious laughter. Even then, it was clear that he was special. He was driven, politically astute and he would become one of the most gifted satirists of his generation.
His awards include a 2017 Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award; Penguin Prize for African Writing in the Non-Fiction category for his book 'You’re Not a Country, Africa'; and the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry prize for his poetry collection, 'The Wayfarer and Other Poems.'
Signed  - Lola Shoneyin for the Community.
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