Photos News: Prof Pius Adesanmi’s Memorial In Lagos

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Ouida Books on Thursday March 14, 2019 held a memorial for Professor Pius Adesanmi, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in Addis Ababa on Sunday. 

The event held at Ouida House in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

The event had in attendance Dele Momodu, Kadara Ahmed and other friends and associates.

Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He earned a BA (first-class honours) from the University of Ilorin in 1992, a Master’s degree in French from the University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2002.

Adesanmi was a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) from 1993 to 1997, and of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in 1998 and 2000.

From 2002 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. In 2006, he joined Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, as a Professor of literature and African studies; he was the director of the university’s Institute of African Studies.

For many years, Adesanmi was a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. His writings were often satiric, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian social and political system. His targets often included politicians, pastors, and other relevant public figures.

In September 2015, his scathing column on the decision of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to take an underage wife generated substantial conversation on the matter, and even got the response of the Emir who responded to Adesanmi by name.

In 2015, he gave a TED talk titled “Africa is the forward that the world needs to face”.

**with additional information from Wikipedia

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