Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was reportedly on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, had crashed on Sunday morning, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.
While there has not been any official confirmation, Sahara Reporters stated it can confirm that Adesanmi, a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East local government area of Kogi State, was among the passengers.
The newspaper said three different family members, plus a close friend of Adesanmi’s and a Canadian official, confirmed the sad development.
Meanwhile, the list of victims released by Ethiopian Airlines also shows that a Nigerian was aboard the crashed plane.
A spokesperson of the airline, Asrat Begashaw, said the gory accident killed one Nigerian, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities.
Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University.
The ugly development has attracted reactions from Nigerians on Twitter, particularly close friends of the deceased scholar.
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