A year ago, on March 10, 2019, the Carleton University community suffered the loss of Pius Adesanmi, a well-loved and respected professor in the Institute of African Studies, a mentor to his students, a friend to his colleagues, a pillar of Ottawa’s African community and a loving father and husband.
Adesanmi was on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that crashed minutes after takeoff in Addis Ababa.
In the weeks that followed this tragic news, a celebration of life was held at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, providing the Carleton community with the opportunity to honour Adesanmi’s life. His family, students, colleagues and members of Ottawa’s African diplomatic community paid their respects through tributes, poetry, drumming and singing.
Born in Nigeria in 1972, Adesanmi completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Ilorin, and his master’s at the University of Ibadan, both in Nigeria. He came to Canada for his PhD in French Studies, graduating from the University of British Columbia in 2002.