Two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board on Sunday.
But social media has been abuzz with only one of them.. Why?
His media exposure as a columnist and writer.. As a motivational speaker h touched the lives of many and as a cultural activist, he is well respected.
“Here lies Pius Adesanmi who tried as much as he could to put his talent in the service of humanity and flew away home one bright morning when his work was over.”
Epitaph written by Adesanmi about himself at a workshop in 2013 led by the Nigerian writer Chuma Nwokolo who asked the more than 40 assembled African thinkers to inscribe their own epitaph.
Who is Pius Adesanmi?
A classmate of his @ UNILORIN 1989.reveals few things why he was (and maybe is) outstanding;
when one of our Linguistics Lecturers after his regular mumbo jumbo asked who Pius was l knew we were in for something strange that day.
Then in a shaky voice, a gangling young man, that eventually transformed almost overnight into a handsome man introduced himself as Pius Adebola Adesanmi.
Pius, the lecturer said, “I have never awarded any student, 86% in any given examination”. Who are you? ” I cross-checked your script 3 times, and 3 times all over, l awarded you 86%. Keep it up”.
He got a standing ovation.
The ‘Aluta’ we staged in the year 1990 attracted the attention of the BBC team, that team demanded for someone that speaks French and English, at that point Pius needed no introduction, everybody chorused Piussssssssss and he surfaced from the crowd.
1992, Pius made First Class in French, that was when First Class was credible.
The whole world has lost a library of knowledge with his demise.