Pius Adesanmi, a popular Nigerian professor and a no-nonsense columnist based in Canada, was among the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday morning.

Adesanmi, a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, was a Professor of English at Carleton University.

Local newspapers quoted family members as confirming that Adesanmi was dead.

The plane, with 149 passengers and 8 crew members, crashed 8 minutes after take off from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia en route to Nairobi in Kenya. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

Local and international media quoted the Ethiopian Airlines CEO and Kenya’s transport minister as saying that among the dead were 32 Kenyans, 9 Ethiopians, 18 Canadians, 8 Americans, 8 Chinese and 8 Italians.

There were also 7 French, 7 British, 6 people from Egypt; 5 from the Netherlands and 4 each from India and Slovakia.

“Tewolde Gebremariam, who is at the accident scene now, regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident,” the airline’s social media post said

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