Pius Adesanmi

Professor Pius Adesanmi of the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University has a book manuscript shortlisted for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the non-fiction category. His book You’re Not a Country, Africa is one of ten manuscripts shortlisted for this prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival on 4 September, 2010. The prize is 50 000 South African Rand and a publishing contract with Penguin Books South Africa, with worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies.

The Yoruba proverb, “bi iya nla ba gbe ni subu, iya ke ke ke a ma gun ori e”, does not lend itself to easy translation but I’ll give it a shot: when you are felled to the ground by...
(The music of King Robert Ebizimo plays softly in the background) “Your Excellency sir, I’m not sure we can pull it off ohhh” “Pull what off, Oronto?” “Your...
I was in Nigeria recently as guest reviewer at the public presentation of a book authored by my friend, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada. I left Nigeria...
April 27, 2011. South Africa’s Freedom Day. My good friend, Her Excellency Ms Mohau Pheko, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Canada, invites me to a modest ceremony to mark the day.
Dear Mr. Joe Trippi: Congratulations on your first successful presidential campaign. I have often wondered what it means for a famous American campaign strategist to build a career littered with an...
Fellow Nigerians: On behalf of my husband, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, I want to thank you all for answering my call to please pless ya hands on the umblera everywhere and...
In the aftermath of the heavily-rigged process that led to the election of Goodluck Jonathan last weekend, two groups actors in the Nigerian drama have been doing everything other than keep their...
(Lecture delivered at a colloquium convened by the Nigerian Advancement Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, April 2, 2011)
(Lecture delivered to the Africa Study Group, Ottawa, March 23, 2011) First a confession: Dr Paul Hitschfeld did not serve me well by sending a very casual email asking if I would accept to address...
Venue was Parliament Hill, Ottawa, home to the proud Gothic Revival buildings that make up the national Parliament of Canada. Our host was the Honorable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of...
Dimeji, Wahala Wa O! Pius Adesanmi “Hello, Dimeji, can you hear me? This MTN line is bad. Let me try your Glo” “Ehen, hello, Dimeji. It’s me again. Se on gbo mi clearly this...
(In the compound of a sprawling mansion in Lagos. Riotous singing and drumming by aso ebi-clad supporters)