The last words a popular Nigerian professor wrote on Facebook hours before dying in Ethiopian plane crash

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“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10,” a popular Nigerian-Canadian professor wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, he died in a plane crash in Ethiopia with 156 others.

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.

Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA based in Washington DC
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA based in Washington DC

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