By Albert Akota
Oba Moses Babatunde, the Agbana of Isanlu in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State has eulogizes late Prof. Pius Adesanmi and urged Isanlu community, stakeholders and state government for immortalisation.
Oba Moses Babatunde who stated this in Abuja yesterday at a tribute night in honour of Prof. Pius Adesanmi organised by the Isanlu community development initiative said the death was pathetic, unfortunate and grave to Nigeria because the lost of a rare gem and a doer with an unwavering spirit can’t be replaced.
He noted that the exit of intellectual icon with a gifted writing spirit, uncommon courage, doggedness, patriotism and intellectualism deserve immortalisation.
“We must do something to keep his record for the younger generation to see, we have government schools in the community that can be name after him and keep his works, he have many work that will be of benefit to the younger generation, we want the state government to name something after him, he “said.
Also speaking at the event, the commissioner for education, science and technology, Hon. Romary Osikkoya said “in every generation, and only once in a while, a star is born.
“Such stars is very rare, unique in the ideologies of espouse, icons of hope blazing the trail, rebasing benchmarks, lighting the path for others to tread and giving succour for dignity and development.
“We share in the pain and deep sense of loss. We have lost a renowned scholar, brother, colleague, teacher, mentor, coach, adviser, friend and a very important stakeholder of no mean reputation, “she noted.
According to her, Late Prof. Pius is immortalized in his writings and publications. We shall be honoured to devote sections of our libraries to his works and encourage literary clubs in the State to celebrate his life, accomplishments, discuss his ideologies and take up the baton.
Adesanmi is a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State was among Ethiopian Airlines that crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard shortly after leaving Addis Ababa for Nairobi in Kenya.
Mr Adesanmi who holds Nigerian and Canadian citizenship was a prominent columnist and popular Nigerian professor based in Canada.
He was 47. A Nigerian born Canadian academic, he was a Professor of Literature and African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and the director of the university’s Institute of African Studies. He joined the university in 2006.
Adesanmi was on his way to an African Union conference in Nairobi, Kenya, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.
He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who left a deep imprint on Carleton.” Born in Isanlu in Kogi State, Adesanmi graduated from University of Ilorin with a first class BA degree in 1992.
He earned a Master’s degree in French from University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Colombia, 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 Pennsylvania State University, USA.