On Sunday 10th March, a plane crashed six minutes after take-off killing 157 people, seven of them crew and the passengers were from 35 nations, the airline confirmed.
Among the casualties two brilliant Nigerian professors identified as Prof. Abiodun Bashua and Pius Adesanmi were killed.
The cause of the crash is unknown while investigations into the cause of the disaster continued.
Carlton University released a statement after hearing of the tragic death of Prof, Pius Adesanmi:
“Pius Adesanmi was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president and vice-chancellor. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia.”
“The contributions of Pius Adesanmi to Carleton are immeasurable,” said Pauline Rankin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students. He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton.”
The University confirmed the news online via Twitter:
Mr. Pius had updated his Facebook status the morning before traveling, he wrote:
The second Nigerian victim of the plane crash, a former Nigerian diplomat, Professor Biodun Bashua, said to be carrying a UN passport was onboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight.
Prof Bashua was a representative of Nigeria since 1988, he worked as United Nations and African Union peacemaking ambassador.
A sad day for two heroes of Nigeria whose work are now remembered across the world.
The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the plane crash via Twitter.