Canadian University Honours Professor Pius Adesanmi

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Professor Adesanmi

Carleton University, Canada has unveiled a resource centre in honour of late scholar and writer, Prof Pius Adesanmi. The late Adesanmi joined Carleton University in 2006 and was until his transition in a fatal Ethiopian Air crash, Director of the Institute for African Studies.

In a bid to keep his memory alive, the university opened a new Institute of African Studies lounge and the Pius Adesanmi African Studies Resource Centre on the 17th Floor of Dunton Tower, Canada. The unveiling ceremony was chaired by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Designate, Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon. He was joined by the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Pauline Rankin, members of Africa’s diplomatic corps to Canada etc. The IAS lounge is designed as a hub for students, visiting researchers and community members for research and networking at the university.

Adesanmi, who lived from February 27, 1972 to March 10 2019, was the author of ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’, a 2015 collection of satirical essays. He died on March 10, 2019, when an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off. The Nairobi-bound flight nosedived and crashed just a few minutes after takeoff from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

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