Canadian University named centre in honour of Pius Adesanmi

Carleton University, Canada, is set to unveil a centre in honour of Nigerian scholar, Pius Adesanmi.

The 1972-born professor joined Carleton University in 2006 and was until his death, the director of the Institute for African Studies.

In a notice dated Thursday, the varsity said it was “excited to announce the formal opening of our new IAS office and the Pius Adesanmi African Studies Resource Centre on the 17th Floor of Dunton Tower.”

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The unveiling is to hold today (Friday), February 17 .

The highlights of the evening event include:

Opening remarks by Carleton University President and Vice-Chancellor Designate, Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, and a welcome remarks by the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Pauline Rankin, and other dignitaries.

Also attending will be the faculty members and students “as well as members of Africa’s diplomatic corps to Canada and our wider community in the capital region.”

The statement added, “The evening will also feature the unveiling of the African Studies Student Lounge. The new spaces are designed as a hub for our students, visiting researchers and community members for research and networking at Canada’s capital university.

“Live music will be provided by Kathy Armstrong and her crew from the Music Department. There will also be an Open mic session by Carleton students.”

Adesanmi, who lived from February 27, 1972 to March 10 2019, was a prominent 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 March 10, 2019, when the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off.

The Nairobi-bound flight nosedived and crashed just a few minutes after takeoff from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.


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