A bursary and a collection of poetry have been announced in honour of Dr. Pius Adesanmi, the Director of the Institute of African Studies. Professor Adesanmi died tragically in the Ethiopian Airlines accident on March 10, 2019.

“Pius’s dedication to the Institute for African Studies and to our students has led to the Institute becoming the “Carleton home” for students from all across Africa, whatever their program of study at this university,” said André Plourde, Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. “This tragic loss leaves us all feeling that one of our brightest stars has been extinguished far too soon. All my FPA colleagues join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Professor Nduka Otiono, a professor and graduate program coordinator in the Institute of African Studies, and friend of Professor Adesanmi, described him this way:

“Professor Pius Adesanmi lived with remarkable zest and this permeated his work as Director of the Institute of African Studies as well as the way he interacted with students,” said Otiono. “He approached his work with passion, and saw the Institute as a hub for both intellectual engagements and communal fraternizing.”

Professor Otiono has announced a call for submissions for a special collection of poetry in honour of Professor Adesanmi entitled Wreaths for a Wayfarer: A Poetry Anthology in Honour of Pius Adesanmi (1972-2019).

“As part of a collage of initiatives to memorialize the meteoric life of Pius Adesanmi, we hereby invite submissions of original poems for an anthology in his memory. We are interested in poetry that celebrate Pius Adesanmi and his work, that may also philosophically reflect on existence, mortality, immortality and/or offer hope for the living.”

The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2019 for a summer publication date.

In addition, the Institute of African Studies has established a fund in Pius Adesanmi’s memory: The Professor Pius Adesanmi Memorial Fund.

Read the Carleton University story about Professor Adesanmi:

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