According to a member a platform called Obrikiti where Mr. Adesanmi was an active member, ” CIDO has an ECOSOCC meeting organized in Nairobi. Although all AU staff and most participants are safe we have lost two participants coming from the diaspora. Prof Pius Adesanmi, Carlton University in Canada.
One of the few professors who taught about the AU and Agenda 2063; & Mr Karim Safi, one of the most active Diaspora youth in Europe and one of the founders of African Diaspora Youth in Europe (ADYFE).
We pray for their souls and for their loved ones at this time, the message said.
Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi state, Nigeria. He had a BA (first class honours) from the University of Ilorin, in 1992, a Masters in French from the University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2002.
From 2002 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. In 2006, he joined Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada as a Professor of literature and African studies. He has also been a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) from 1993 to 1997, as well as of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in 1998 and 2000
In 2017, Adesanmi was a recipient of Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award.B.A. University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 1992 M.A. French, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1998 PhD French Studies, University of British Columbia, 2002.