The tragic news of the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian- Canadian Professor in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airways crash in Addis Ababa enroute Nairobi, Kenya has continued to evoke heartrending emotions just as tributes have continued to trickle in from different quarters.
A retired Nigerian Ambassador, Abiodun Bashua was also among the 157 victims who lost their lives.
According to reports, he was on his way to attend an AU conference.
Adesanmi was the Director at The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University till his death and a professor of English.
See some tweets below
Ikú d’óró, ikú ṣe ‘kà. Death has taken one of our best! I am watching my friend’s death site on the BBC!!! Rest in brilliance, #PiusAdesanmi. I never told you I loved you, but I did! Till we meet again.
— Molara Wood (@molarawood) March 10, 2019
#PiusAdesanmi Africa has lost a star. Shining with iridescent brilliance across many disciplines. Warm, compassionate & generous, giving of his mind, time & spirit. Nigeria has lost a TRUTH SAYER constantly aligning our broken moral compass. We have lost a friend & our muse. RIP
— Tunji Lardner (@TunjiLardner) March 10, 2019
How I wish @pius_adesanmi can come online just 1 more time, to see what people are saying about him. To see what he meant to people, to the nation and Africa. I want him to know that. To testify. But the star has set forth already.#PiusAdesanmi #ET302
— A. I. Adamu (@isasquare) March 10, 2019
It is a sad moment for Nigerians. We have lost one of our best and brightest in the heartbreaking demise of #PiusAdesanmi. I take solace in the fact that the Lord blessed us with his talents. I wish his family and friends strength at this time. Rest in Peace @pius_adesanmi pic.twitter.com/92x0lmWuSy
— Alhaji Mustapha Abu Bakr (@HHMustaphaAA) March 10, 2019
Just wanted to come here and express condolences to the families of the victims of the #EthiopianAirlineCrash – not expecting to know anyone on it. Only to be confronted with the news that Prof. #PiusAdesanmi was on that flight!!! Pius, dear God! How so painful. #NigeriaMourns
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) March 10, 2019
Prof Pius Adesanmi
The epical scale of your brilliance
The towering intellect
Death is not the end of your ideas but its immortalization and enduring incarnation
Thank you for paying us the honor of your intellect
Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/ouON8F7JDm
— Dr Aloy Chife (@ChifeDr) March 10, 2019
A really really tragic day. Rest In Peace Prof @pius_adesanmi . I was hoping against everything that this wouldn’t be true. This is a bad day. A bad day for Nigeria. A really bad one for Africa. We have lost an irreplaceable gem. Thank you for sharing yourself with us Prof. pic.twitter.com/wNA8lbFlNE
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) March 10, 2019
— SEGA L’évellieur® (@segalink) March 10, 2019
Prof Pius Adesanmi was cerebral, conscientious and consistent.
Never shifting around like a pendulum.
We are worse off without him.
— RIP Prof Adesanmi (@damoche) March 10, 2019
News of the death of Prof Pius Adesanmi is a rude shock. The world has lost an excellent being. I commiserate with his family, friends and loved ones.
My condolences also go to the academic community on this very sad day.
May God rest his soul.
— Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) March 10, 2019
Sad to hear that the death of Prof. @pius_adesanmi is confirmed – a truly sad way to end and his death diminishes the quality of thought for Nigeria on twitter and in the polity.
His death is a reminder that we are all mortal and may his Soul find Eternal Rest in God.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) March 10, 2019
My very dear friend PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI was in the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane… My God, why Pius, that prodigiously brilliant gentleman!!! Rest in Peace, a great son of Africa… pic.twitter.com/kyB2Cs8CRD
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) March 10, 2019
Professor Pius Adesanmi will be remembered for how he brought scholarship to progressive advocacy. His numerous followers on the social media will miss his insightful contribution towards a better Nigeria. I pray his soul will forever Rest In Peace.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 10, 2019
My condolences to friends, students and family of Professor @pius_adesanmi! He was a good friend, mentor and supportive colleague. He was committed to good governance and development of higher education in Nigeria and Africa. May his gentle soul rest in peace! Good night, sir! pic.twitter.com/qYdj9Mkwl6
— Dr. Aminu Gamawa (@aminugamawa) March 10, 2019
You cheated death few months ago; almost lost a leg in a fatal road accident the last time you came to Nigeria. Finally, today, he (death) caught up with you.
Mad death, you’re CRUEL.
— Moshood || Mr. Reputation (@moshood_m) March 10, 2019