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

In Defence of Seun Onigbinde, By ‘Tope Oriola

We cannot have it both ways: Complain about ineptitude and corruption in government and yet ask our best brains not to be part of governance. My argument is that we must not sink into ecumenical pessimism because of the overarching influence of societal and organisational structure. Social structure matters but…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Pius Adebola Adesanmi: Like A Dew On Grass, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a week since the crash that took you from me, from Your death shook Nigeria, Africa, Canada and the world. You were a change maker in life and in death. Because you died, many will now be spared the horror of death in Boeing 737 Max 8. They…
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Opinion

Adesanmi: The Final Flight Home, By Mahfouz Adedimeji

To remind the present and future generations that there was a scholar who broadened our horizons and illuminated our paths with the profundity of his thoughts, monuments in Adesanmi’s honour are well-deserved. But the greatest honour is to play our parts in actualising the Nigeria of his dream, where mediocrity…
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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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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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Columns

Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 302: When Stars Went Down At Sunrise, By Owei Lakemfa

This tragedy is global and the issue now is not who to blame, but to understand why and how the crash occurred and how to get past what at first glance, seems a failed wrestle between man and computer. Nigerian intellectual star, Pius Adesanmi, shone brightly across the globe. The…
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