Opinion

Africa’s Narrative Agency: Teaching Pius Adesanmi (2), By James Yeku

Retelling the story of Africa and disrupting the fixed narrative of Africa as perpetually in the periphery of the modern world, is one way to describe narrative agency — which is pertinent to the politics of recovering a positive African identity that Adesanmi sought to articulate in his writings. My…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Pius Adesanmi: A Lasting Legacy Of Civic Engagement and Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Upon weeks of reflection, I agree that your work was done, You would not have imagined the impact you made in people's lives. You were mourned like a true statesman, a patriot and a hero. The world's best news outlets and newspapers touted your scholarship. Indeed, it is better to…
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Opinion

Africa’s Narrative Agency: Teaching Pius Adesanmi, By James Yeku

For Adesanmi, the question of narrative agency remains central to the task of accurately representing Africa. As a public intellectual whose excellent concatenations of satiric writings were a constant ‘viral presence’ on social media, Adesanmi was greatly invested in a continent which now possesses what he saw as the ability…
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Opinion

Pius Adesanmi: The Human Oxymoron Politicians Must Learn From, By Banji Ojewale

Let Nigeria’s politicians learn from Pius Adesanmi that what we need from them isn’t their Methuselah's life in office. We are not interested in their barren longevity in power. We are for a brief stay that would be fruitful, flourishing and flowery, as it was with Pius Adesanmi, the one…
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Opinion

Pius Adesanmi: An Uncommon Star In the Firmament of God’s Creation, By Olumuyiwa Balogun-Adesanmi

Pius Adebola Adesanmi, the whole family misses you. I miss you. I miss your laughter, ebullience, reassuring presence as well as the effervescence and incandescence of your person. ‘Bola, you were an uncommon star in the firmament of God’s creation. Oko mi, sun re o (sleep well, my husband). I…
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Opinion

Things I Couldn’t Say At Pius Adesanmi’s Candlelight Vigil, By ‘Tope Fasua

I am glad to have known such a warrior up close; one of the greatest Generals, not in the Nigerian military service, but in the Nigerian emancipation revolutionary force, with purview for all black people, all minorities, all vulnerable people, and all humanity at large. Pius himself knew who he…
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Opinion

Finding Meaning In Pius Adesanmi’s Self-Prophesied Death, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Our only solace is that Adesanmi’s life underlines the saying, “It is not how long but how well.”... Since he achieved under five decades what many can never hope for living the fullness of their lives, who would not sing for Adesanmi? Why shouldn’t we pause from our mourning cry…
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Columns

An Adiye Irana For Pius Adesanmi, By Festus Adedayo

He is an ecumenical spirit which can never die. The global celebration of his brief life is a confirmation of the wisdom in Yoruba traditional African philosophy, which celebrates a man who dies young, rather than one who dies at old age without affecting humanity. Like Western philosophers, theologians, necromancers,…
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