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The Difference to host Africa Day in Lagos on May 23rd


Colloquium to focus on pan-African scholar, Professor Pius Adesanmi

By Nsikan Ikpe

The 2019 edition of the annual Africa Day Colloquium, hosted by The Difference Newspaper, is billed to hold at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos from 11.00am through 2.00pm on Thursday, May 23rd.

According to a statement from the newspaper and signed by its Executive Director, Mr Anthony Opara, the session would pay tribute to the memory of the notable pan-African scholar and public intellectual, Professor Pius Adesanmi who died on March 10, 2019.

Adesanmi, who was until his death, the Director of the African Studies Institute at Carleton University, Canada, was a victim of the ill-fated Ethiopian Air crash that took place enroute Nairobi from Addis Ababa.

An avid public intellectual and believer in the greatest possibilities of the African continent, he was participating in an African Union Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC session at the time of his death.

Author of several books, including the very notable 2015 compendium, Naija no dey carry last, Adesanmi who was born on February 25, 1972, had been educated at Titicombe College, Egbe, the University of Ilorin, the University of Ibadan and the University of British Columbia.

The annual Africa Day Colloquium series has been hosted by The Difference newspaper in Lagos, every year since 2016. The maiden edition took place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, while subsequent editions were held at the Bankers House and the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, all in Lagos, Nigeria.

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