Canada’s Carlton University confirms the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Pius Adesanmi

Canada’s Carlton University has confirmed the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines crash that happened last Sunday (yesterday).

The Ottawa-based university said in an official statement that 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.”

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