Pius Adesanmi

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Pius Adésanmí
Born Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Alma mater University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, University of British Columbia
Occupation professor, writer, columnist

Pius Adesanmi is a Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer and literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He is the author of Naija No Dey Carry Last, a collection of satirical essays.

Biography and career

Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria.[1] He had a BA (first class honours) from the University of Ilorin in 1992, a Masters in French from the University of Ibadan in 1998, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2002.

From 2002 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. In 2006, he joined Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada as a Professor of literature and African studies.[2] He has also been a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) from 1993 to 1997, as well as of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in 1998 and 2000[3]

For many years, Adesanmi has been a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. His writings are often satiric, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian social and political system. His targets often include politicians, pastors, and other relevant public figures. In September 2015, his scathing column on the decision of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to take an underage wife generated substantial conversation on the matter,[4] and even got the response of the Emir who responded to Adesanmi by name.[5]

In 2015, he gave a TED talk titled "Africa is the forward that the world needs to face".[6]

In 2017, Adesanmi was a recipient of Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award.[7][8][9] B.A. University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 1992 M.A. French, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1998 PhD French Studies, University of British Columbia, 2002.


  • The Wayfarer and Other Poems (Oracle Books, Lagos; 2001)
  • You're Not a Country, Africa (Penguin Books; 2011)
  • Naija No Dey Carry Last (Parrésia Publishers; 2015)[10][11]


In 2001, Adesanmi's first book, The Wayfarer and Other Poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize.[12]

In 2010, his book You're not a Country, Africa (Penguin Books, 2011), a collection of essays, won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the nonfiction category.[13][14][15]

Selected Writings

Selected Interviews and features

  • In Pius Adesanmi's speech and writing, there is hope for a Pan-African future[16][17] (February 2016) LSE Summit Interview
  • The Militant Intellection Complex... a Conversation with Pius Adesanmi[18] (on AfricanWriter.com)
  • Episode 84: African literatures & public intellectuals: Sahara Reporters & ‘What is Africa to me’?[19] (2014) Afripod
  • Interview on Sentinel Poetry Issue 54[20]
  • Leaders Should Develop A Culture of National Contempt[21] (2015) YouTube/Channels Television


  1. ^ "Professor Pius Adesanmi; Award-Winning Writer, Activist and Academician". Konnect Africa. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  2. ^ "Naija No Dey Carry Last by Pius Adesanmi – theMagunga Bookstore". theMagunga Bookstore. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ Ibrahim, Abubakar Adam (7 October 2012). "Pius Adesanmi for ANA 2012 convention". Daily Trust.
  4. ^ siteadmin (27 September 2015). "SLS: What Will Not Stick, What Will Stick By Pius Adesanmi | Sahara Reporters". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ "At last Sanusi speaks on marriage to teenager "The lady gave her free consent" | The Light News". thelightnews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ TEDx Talks (2 February 2015), Africa is the forward that the world needs to face | Pius Adesanmi | TEDxEuston, retrieved 2018-02-20
  7. ^ "Premium Times columnist Pius Adesanmi wins prestigious Canadian award – Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  8. ^ "Premium Times columnist, Pius Adesanmi, honoured in Canada (PHOTOS) – Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  9. ^ siteadmin (23 November 2017). "Professor Pius Adesanmi Honored By Canadian Bureau For International Education in Halifax, Canada | Sahara Reporters". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  10. ^ ""Naija No Dey Carry Last": Nuggets from Pius Adesanmi's Satirical Masterclass, By Premium Times Books and Parrésia – Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  11. ^ "Book Review | Pius Adesanmi's Nigeria No Dey Carry Last | by Echezonachukwu Nduka". Brittle Paper. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  12. ^ "African Writing; Profiles of 50 African Writers". www.african-writing.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  13. ^ "The Winners of the Penguin Prizes for African Writing". 6 September 2010.
  14. ^ siteadmin (5 September 2010). "Pius Adesanmi, SaharaReporters Weekly Columnist, Wins Penguin Prize for African Writing | Sahara Reporters". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  15. ^ "Nigerian, Zambian win 2010 Penguin African Writing Prize". Africa Book Club. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  16. ^ "In Pius Adesanmi's speech and writing, there is hope for a Pan-African future". Africa at LSE. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  17. ^ Interviews, LSE Africa Summit. "Pius Adesanmi Interview – LSE Africa Summit Interviews – Podcast". Podtail. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  18. ^ "African Writing Online; Many Literatures, One Voice;". www.african-writing.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  19. ^ "Episode 84: African literatures & public intellectuals: Sahara Reporters & 'What is Africa to me'? | Africa Past & Present". afripod.aodl.org. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  20. ^ "interview with pius adesanmi". www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  21. ^ Channels Television (1 October 2015), Leaders Should Develop A Culture of National Contempt-- Pius Adesanmi Pt.1, retrieved 2018-02-20
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