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Monday, March 11, 2019

CARLETON UNIVERSITY CONFIRMS THE DEATH OF NIGERIAN PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE IN THE ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE PLANE CRASH


Carleton University has confirmed the death of Nigerian professor and ace columnist who tragically lost his life in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday morning.

In a statement on the university’s website on Sunday, the institution where he lectured described Adesanmi’s death as shocking and devastating.

The university community paid tributes to a man that has contributed a lot to the institution.

The statement read: “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.

Professor Pius Adesanmi
The university continued in the statement, “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.”

He died in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines air mishap where there was no survivor among the 157 persons on board the aircraft.

Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of Literature and African studies at the Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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