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PHOTOS: Many faces of Nigerians at Pius Adesanmi’s candlelight vigil


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HUNDREDS of Nigerians gathered at the Unity Fountain Park, in Abuja, between 4 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday for a candlelight vigil in memory of late Professor Pius Adesanmi. 

Adesanmi, a satirist, columnist, literary critic, and professor of Literature and African studies at Canada-based Carleton University, died on Sunday morning following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, with157 persons on board.

The candlelight gathering, organised by friends of the late professor and themed ‘Memorialising Pius Adesanmi: Power of the Civic Space’ was attended by writers, politicians, activists, journalists, civil society actors, among others.

Tributes were read by various persons as they signed a condolence register. There was also a candlelight procession after prayer was offered for the family of the departed scholar.

Here are photos from the event taken and compiled by The ICIR:

Attendants hold candles shortly before the procession
Attendants hold candles shortly before the procession
Attendants hold candles shortly before the procession
‘Unbent, unbowed, unbroken,’ one person writes on a banner for short descriptions of the deceased.
Attendants filled Adesanmi’s condolence register
Senate president Bukola Saraki speaks on what he’s learnt about Pius Adesanmi
Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West, speaks admiringly of Pius Adesanmi
Deji Adeyanju, human rights activist, listens to tributes after signing condolence register
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, award-winning author and journalist, in a conversation with friends
Tope Fasua, 2019 ANRP presidential candidate, pays tribute to the late scholar
BBOG campaigner Maurine Kabrik, shares her encounters with Pius Adesanmi
Professor Jibrin ‘Jibo’ Ibrahim praises Adesanmi’s style of scholarship
Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, moderates the event
Abdul Mahmud, lawyer, poet and close friend of Adesanmi, among other things, recites a poem in his honour
A young poet recites a poem, titled ‘Off the Stage’, in honour of Adesanmi
Hamzat Lawal, founder of Connected Development, pays tribute to Adesanmi, says he was not blessed to have had a physical encounter with him
Amina Miango Usman, one of Adesanmi’s followers on Facebook, describes his page as a “big classroom”
Omowunmi E.O, Adesanmi’s cousin, narrates how Adesanmi’s frank intervention advanced her career prospects
A schoolmate of the late professor and the paramount ruler of Isanlu, Oba Moses, says “brother Pius” spoke the truth at all times, made a huge impact and lived a fulfilled life

'Kunle works with The ICIR as an investigative reporter and fact-checker. You can shoot him an email via [email protected] or, if you're feeling particularly generous, follow him on Twitter @KunleBajo.

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