By: Olamide Tejuoso
At about 5:00pm on Wednesday, members of the University of Ibadan community as well as many others who identify with the late Canada-based Nigerian satirist, scholar and public intellectual, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, gathered for a ‘march’ in honour of the late professor who lost his life in the Ethiopian Airline flight ET302 which crashed few minutes after its departure on Sunday, March 10.
It was indeed a sobering day on the University main campus as many University professors, doctorate holders, students, media personalities and many others marched to celebrate the life of the brilliant public intellectual.
According to the brains behind the March, Mr. Ropo, said that it was not a time to mourn the late Director of the Canadian Institute of African Studies; but rather a moment to celebrate the self-immortalised Pius who many described as ‘too good to die.’
Prof. Pius Adesanmi who was referred to as a friend of University of Ibadan Institute of African Studies, reportedly foretold his departure from this realm in his last Facebook post which heralded his goodbye to this world.
Many people within and outside of the University who facilitated the march testified that Pius Adesanmi lived as a Sage despite his short journey on planet earth.
Prof. Dasylva, the Dean of Faculty of Arts while celebrating the exploits of the young professor said that Pius was a great loss to everyone, to Nigeria, to Africa and to the world.
Similarly, Prof. Remi Raji who lamented the “executive murder” of his friend by the Boeing airplane reflected that it was quite unfortunate that Pius Adesanmi fell victim of the failures and mediocrity which he often criticized.
Barrister Aborisade who rounded off at the point of lighting the candles said he mourned Adesanmi regrettably because he had met the Kogi-born scholar only once before the accident that claimed his life. He, however, remarked that Adesanmi resolutely and consistently stood for the masses; an act which he said is worthy of emulation.
Adesanmi’s writings live on even as he predicted in one of his posts that ‘a thousand years from now, archeologists would be interested in how some people called Nigerians lived in the 20th and 21st centuries. If they did and excavate, I am hoping that fragments of my writings survive to point them to the fact that not all of them accepted to live as slaves.’
Pius Adesanmi who reportedly left the university community since 2002, took a master’s degree in French from the University of Ibadan in 1998.
Olamide Tejuoso wrote from Ibadan.