On Sunday, March 10, 2019, Pius Adebola Adesanmi, writer, scholar, educator, and public intellectual, was killed along with 156 others from 35 countries in the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed close to Addis Ababa airport shortly after take-off. Prior to his death, Payo (as he was fondly called by many) was the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. His tragic demise at the age of 47 has left people in the communities where he conducted his professional work and social activism reeling with pains. The tragic nature of his death invites us to reflect on his life and times, as well as to philosophize on the immortal lines of the English poet, John Donne, in his “Meditation XVII”: “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated… As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all… No man is an island, entire of itself… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
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Only yesterday, it feels like that, Nigeria went into mourning over the death of Pius Adesanmi, our much beloved Professor of many letters and social critic. Our eyes are still wet with the tears.
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I guess it’s the water. Something must be in the water that members of Nigeria’s literary fraternity and sorority drink which makes them see a direct connection between prosperity Pentecostalism – as we experience it in Nigeria today – and their own calling in the Republic of Letters. I do not need to tell anybody … Continue reading Post-centenary Nigeria: New literatures, new leaders, new nation by Pius Adesanmi
4th EDITION OF MBA COLLOQUIUM TO HOLD IN MINNA 10th-12th November, 2014 Pius Adesanmi to give keynote… The 4th edition of the Muazu Babangida Aliyu (MBA) International Literary Colloquium comes up from 10th – 12th November, 2014. This year’s Colloquium will run for two days; Pre-colloquium day (for commissioning of Multimedia and Arts Gallery) and the … Continue reading LITERARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2014… Su’eddie Vershima Agema
Originally posted on Pa Ikhide:
By Professor Pius Adesanmi Winner, the Penguin Prize for African Writing Author of You’re Not a Country, Africa! Keynote lecture delivered at the National Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors Uyo, Akwa Ibom State November 9, 2012 Protocols! When I first received the theme of this conference in a… Continue reading