On March 10, 2019, an airplane crashed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leading to the death of 149 passengers and eight crew members. A Nigerian professor and literary icon was also counted among the numbers of people who died. This death of this man named Pius Adesanmi shook many people to their core.
Indeed, Pius Adesanmi's death dealt a heavy blow to the faces of many Nigerians. In fact, the governor of Kogi state Yahaya Bello could not help but admit that the deceased who hailed from his state was a significant loss to the people within the community.
Recently, Legit.ng created awareness about the last post made by Pius Adesanmi on his Facebook page before he went on that plane to die. The caption which he had written was quite a cryptic one that have caused many to wonder if he had the queasy feeling that he was going to die.
It would appear that this last post was not the only encrypted post made by the literary icon and professor of a Canadian university. On February 28, Pius Adesanmi who has celebrated earlier took to thanking everyone for wishing him a happy birthday.
In the post, he revealed that he survived a fatal car accident in 2018 that caused him to believe that God had spared him for a particular purpose. He prayed that those who had wished him well would experience good news just like he was bound to.
See the post below:
"The day after... I've written so many "eniyan l'aso mi" updates after moments like this. I'd sound like a broken record deploying that trope yet again. So, I am just going to say thank you for making my day memorable yesterday. Like I said, this birthday holds a special significance because I wasn't meant to see it. Nearly a year later, I still wake up in the dead of night, shivering and shaking because of nightmares, of reliving the scene that nearly took me, of remembering those who didn't make it.
"So, I thank you for all your kind words yesterday, whether here, in my inboxes, phone, on your own Walls. My spirit tells me that God spared me because He has decided that 2019 will be the year of drip drip drip of good news in my life. And the year of drip drip drip of good news in your lives too. May we all be here to celebrate the drip drip drip of good news in our lives. Thank you. E seun gan ni o."
Beyond this post, Adesanmi had posted other photos and captions on his Facebook page which are also very memorable. These pictures and captions posted by the political commentator and literary giant is a reminder that when the body is gone, all that will be left are the footprints left behind on the sands of time.
See some of the posts below:
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Pius' death is indeed one that many Nigerians (writers especially) will bear in their hearts and consciousness for a long time. In such a case like this, one cannot help but think that it is not how far, but how well. In the meanwhile, the school in which the academic scholar taught confirmed the death of the professor with heartfelt, mournful words.
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