To the unieversity of Ilorin, it is never a bye-bye but see you again; However, the expression changed yesterday, March 19, as the principal members of Academics, the management staff of the institution along side the principal members of the Alumni Association; the students’ unions groups and other friends of late Pius Adesanmi gathered to wave him the last bye-bye.
The University’s senate building corridor, after a procession in demonstration of grief over the lost of one time student of the university, hosted an assemblage the of the bereaved; it was indeed a moment of sober reflections to all around when chapter by chapter recounts of Pius Adesanmi’s virtues and values started pouring amidst, from his friends and associates in academic field, and the lovers of his works.
The funeral procession was organised by the faculty of Arts in conjunction with the faculty’s students Association, FASA, in honour of the Nigerian-born Canadian Professor of Literature and African studies who was, amongst other 157 passengers, a victim of the March 10th Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 according to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, was en route to Nairobi, Kenya when it crashed shortly after it took-off in Addis Ababa. Since then, personalities, academic bodies and corporate entities across the world have been on morning in honour of the late renowned scholar’s life, and extolling the legacies he left behind.
A day earlier to the day of procession, in a statement released by the president of the faculty of Arts students’ Association, Comrade Folorunso Fatai Adisa, on behalf of the association, Fatai, while calling on the entire students colleagues to join in the funeral procession, described the late Adesanmi as “a good ambassador of the faculty and by extension the university of Ilorin”
“Given that he was a good ambassador of the faculty, by extension, the University of Ilorin, a procession has been organised by the faculty of Arts in his honours.
In the light of the aforementioned, we urge the entire students of the university of Ilorin to join our lecturers in the procession.
It is important to remember a saying that goes: “I am because you are”. Together We Can.”, the statement reads in part.
Late Pius Adesanmi had his first degree in French Language from the university in 1992 before proceeded for his master’s degree at the university of Ibadan in 1998.
Meanwhile tributes and threnodies were showered on the late Adesanmi by the dignitaries at the event in honour of his life and all he stood for while he was alive.
Amongst the distinguished personalities that gathered to say the final farewell were the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Mikhail Olayinka Buhari; the Dean faculty of Arts, Prof. Oyeronke Olademo; the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. L. T. Ajibade; Sub Dean of Arts and the students’ Affairs Unit, Dr B. O Bashir and Dr Alex Akanmu, respectively; The president of Unilorin Alumni Association, Dr. (Mrs.) Oduwale.
Others were the Heads of Departments, Prof AbdulRashid Adeoye, Performing Arts; Dr Yusuf Tijani of the department of French Language;
Also in attendance were
Dr Raymond Ogunade; Dr Akande, the Students’ Union president during Pius Adesanmi’s set in 1992; Director of Unilorin Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun; The Station Manager of Unilorin FM, Mr Idris Ibrahim.
The current Students’ Union’s president, Comrade Seyi Animasaun, the students’ Union’s senate council, Comrade Jesunifemi Akano; the president of faculty of Arts, Folorunso Fatai, the union of campus journalist president, pressman FadluLlah Azeez, amidst other university students and personalities.