The air mishap which took place at the early hours of Sunday, 10th of March left Nigerians who knew Prof. Adesanmi and have been immensely impacted by him, bereaved beyond word.
The academic luminary, who is not only Known in Nigeria is known all over the world for his intellectual sagacity, achievement and his passion for the African cause.
Some Facts You Should Know About Professor Pius Adesanmi.
- Place of Birth: Professor Pius Adesanmi was born on February 1979 in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria. Adesanmi has, however, narrated times without number the story of his early teenage years in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
- Education: He bagged his first degree (First Class) in French Language and Literature, at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin Kwara State, (1989-1992) before proceeding to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State for his Masters in French. He pursued his Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2002.
- Career: Pennsylvania State University, USA initially engaged him immediately after his Doctorate programme from 2002-2006. He afterward joined Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, as a Professor of literature and African studies. When asked what he does for a living, Adesanmi is usually swift to reply that he is a teacher.
- Writing: Professor Adesanmi usually uses his column to satirize and fight the ills evident in the African and Nigeria society. He is an active columnist for Premium Times, Sahara Reporter, and other media. He also was an influential literary critic, essayist, and writer. His books, which Include “The Wayfarer and Other Poem“, “You are not a Country, Africa” and “Naija No Dey Carry Last ” will forever be counted among the greatest books by Nigerian authors
- Awards: His first Book, “The Wayfarer and Other Poems” (2001) won the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Poetry Prize in 2001. His second book, “You are not a Country, Africa” (2010), a collection of essay won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the nonfiction category in 2011. In 2017, Adesanmi was a recipient of the Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award. He was a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) from 1993 to 1997.
- Citizenship: Adesanmi was born and bred in Nigeria, however, after his master’s degree, he proceeded to the University of British Columbia in the United States of America. Afterward, he was engaged by the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned the American CItizenship. In 2006, he moved to the Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, where he also attained the citizenship of Canada. Adesanmi narrated how he gave up his American green card in a bid to gain the respect Nigeria deserves from the western world
- Political Inclination: The Nigerian-born Canadian was a vocal critic of the Nigerian All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government.
- Family: Prof. Adasanmi is Married to Muyiwa Adesanmi and they have a daughter.
- His Memorable Quote: “I write basically these days for the purposes of archaeology. A thousand years from now, archaeologists would be interested in how some people called Nigerians lived in the 20th and let centuries. If they dig and excavate, I am hoping that fragments of my writing survive to point them to the fact that not all of them accepted to live as slaves of the most irresponsible rulers of their era.”
- He was a Proud Nigerian. Always ready to talk about Africa and Nigeria. An advocate of cultural preservation and promotion.