The sun has gone down on one of the best products that ever came out of the University of Ilorin.
Professor Pius Adesanmi, amongst other 157 passengers, lost his life in an Ethiopian Airlines Flight 305 that crashed early hours of yesterday 10th of March, shortly after the Airline took off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; en route to Nairobi, Kenya.
A statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, confirmed the crash, saying: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning”
The Nigerian-born Canadian professor of Literature and African studies was an astute writer, literary critic, author and columnist. He wrote the widely known “Naija No Dey Carry Last”, a collection of satires that mimicks the absurdities of the Nigerian society.
Adesanmi was a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in French Language from the university of Ilorin in the year 1992 with first class honours division. He proceeded for his Masters degree program in the university of Ibadan in 1998 before he jet out to Columbia in 2002 for his PhD in French Studies.
Seemingly seize-less commiserations have been pouring from the Nigerian elite class. Early today, a former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has discribed the news of Adesanmi’s sudden death as “a rude shock” to him, Aregbesola further grieved saying “the world has lost an excellent being.”
Also in his threnody to the deceased, the president of University of Ilorin faculty of Arts, Mr Fatai Folorunso discribed the late Adesanmi’s death “a fallen dazzling star of the sky”.
“Amongst the galaxies of stars that are illuminating our clime, a dazzling star has fallen off the sky! Prof. Pius Adesanmi, I wish you a peaceful transition to the great beyond.
He was a roving bird, a bird that mapped way for other aves to safely fly.
“There was a man. He was a sterling and stellar star. He was great. He’s Pius. And our pious Pius has left us; Like Woke Soyinka wrote, “The Man Died”, FASA President extolled.
Hilterto, social media spaces have been awashed with a surge sympathisers with streaming of emotive accounts of experiences they had with him.
Condolences and commiserations are trailing Adesanmi’s last Twitter post, one in which, in his usual self, satarised the event of the just concluded national elections.
From his Twitter handle @pius_adesanmi: “Folks, please, remember: “I cast my vote…” Any “I casted my vote” I see on my TL will be considered election violence. I reserve the right to defend myself.”, Adesanmi had twitted on Saturday apparently decrying the level of the Nigerian political class linguistics sophistication.
Many others on his Twitter wall are extolling the virtues for which the deceased was known.