Pius Adesanmi (February 1972 – 10 March 2019) was a Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary
critic, satirist, and columnist. He was the author of Naija No Dey Carry Last, a 2015 collection
of satirical essays. Adesanmi died on 10 March 2019, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly
Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He earned
a BA (first-class honours) from the University of Ilorin in 1992, a Master's degree in French from
the University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia,
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 the Pennsylvania State University, USA. In 2006, he joined
Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, as a Professor of literature and African studies; he was
the director of the university's Institute of African Studies.
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For many years, Adesanmi was a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. In September 2015, his scathing
column on the decision of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to take an underage wife generated substantial
conversation on the matter, and even got the response of the Emir who responded to Adesanmi by
name. In 2015, he gave a TED talk titled "Africa is the forward that the world needs to face".