By Sophie Okafor – Tuesday March 12, 2019.
A candlelight rite in
Family members and friends say Prof Pius Adesanmi would be
Prof Adesanmi was a Nigerian-Canadian professor of English at the Carleton University in Canada who died amongst the 157 people in flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, March 10, 2019, around Bishoftu, an Ethiopian town near Addis Ababa.
According to the bulletin from the Airlines, the aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET.AVJ took off at 8:38 AM local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8:44 AM.
All one hundred and forty-nine (149) passengers and eight (8) crew members on board the flight died in what has been considered Ethiopian Airlines’ second hugest crash after a Boeing 737-800 exploded after taking off from Lebanon, killing 83 passengers and seven crew members in 2010.
Just on February 27, the Prof posted on his Birthday; This birthday thing! Thanking God for the gift of a life spared to see another year! Thanking God for the gift of people in my life!
Meanwhile, another Nigerian Professor, Abiodun Bashua also died in the crash, the Airlines’ records have shown. Professors Adesanmi and Bashua were both flying to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a CIDO/ECOSOCC (Economic, Social and Cultural Council) meeting.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, with a passport in his hands, Prof Adesanmi posted on Facebook; “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10”