On November 1, 2017 in Halifax, Canada, renowned SaharaReporters Columnist, Professor Pius Adesanmi, was officially awarded the 2017 Board of Director's Leadership Award of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). The award ceremony which had in attendance the High Commissioners of Nigeria and South Africa to Canada in Halifax held on November 21st, 2017.
The award ceremony was the highpoint of the CBIE's 2017 Annual Conference and was attended by close to 1000 delegates from Canadian Universities and other higher education stakeholder sectors. Professor Adesanmi's award is in recognition of the impact of his work in postgraduate research capacity development in African Universities, notably in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.
For nearly a decade, Professor Adesanmi has worked in African countries to groom the next generation of researchers in the humanities and the social sciences by training PhDs, postdocs, and early-career lecturers in interdisciplinary conversations and methodology. He has served for five years as faculty and consultant to the University of Ghana's Pan-African Doctoral Academy, an annual summer school for doctoral students from the West and East African subregions. During his sabbatical in Ghana in 2013-2014, he designed a brand new Ph.D. program in "African Thought" for the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is also the Associate Director of the Abiola Irele School of Theory and Criticism, an annual summer training school for Nigerian lecturers at the Kwara State University. In South Africa, he works with the University of Johannesburg and Wits University to train and mentor doctoral and postdoctoral students in interdisciplinary research methods.
In 2010, Professor Adesanmi won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing with his book, You're Not a Country, Africa. The Penguin Prize was initiated by Penguin Books in conjunction with Chinua Achebe. Professor Adesanmi is the Director of Carleton University's Institute of African Studies, the only such Institute in any Canadian University.