March 10, 2019

Carleton University confirms Pius Adesanmi’s death

Pius Adesanmi

Carleton University has confirmed the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi, a professor in the English Language and Literature Department.

Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi

Carleton University confirming Adesanmi’s death in a statement on Sunday said: 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 Adesanmi 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.”
Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian scholar killed in ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines
“The contributions of Pius Adesnami to Carleton are immeasurable,” said Pauline Rankin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

“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 Pius Adesanmi’s leadership and many contributions to the Carleton community will be shared as soon as possible.

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