KWASU mourns Pius Adesanmi

Post on 15 March 2019

It is with a heavy heart that I announce to our staff and students the death in the Ethiopian Airline that crashed in Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019, our own Professor Pius Adesanmi. Until his death he was a full professor of African and Post Literature and Director of the African Studies Institute at Carleton University, Canada. He was also Deputy Director of KWASU's AbiolaIrele School of Theory and Criticism, which runs every summer on Kwasu campus, and for four years now, he mobilised and taught KWASU junior to middle level senior staff, post graduate students at KWASU. Last year while leaving for Lagos in a KWASU car on his way abroad after the 2018 AbiolaIrele Seminar, he was involved in an accident that caused injuries on his leg and arm. This man of passion, brilliance and a world renowned columnist, scholar and humanist served KWASU well and would be sorely missed.

Pius Adesanmi was particularly very close to me since early 90s when I lectured at the University of Ilorin, and we worked together throughout his career. This is a blow for me and my family and my other close friends.

The Kwara State University joins his home University, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Nigeria to mourn this devastating loss! KWASU would certainly not be able to replace this wonderful patriot!

Adieu, dear friend and brother!

Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, PhD (Alberta)
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Kwara State University