He was on his way to a meeting of the African Union's Economic, Social, and Cultural Council in Nairobi. The acclaimed author was the director of Carleton's Institute of African Studies and a former assistant professor of comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University.
'Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Carleton's president and vice chancellor.
Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010. The last photo Adesanmi posted on Facebook showed him with his Canadian passport.
His caption included an eerily foreshadowing Psalm:
'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'.
Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her five-year-old daughter Safiya were also killed in the crash. The 33-year-old Edmonton woman and her daughter were traveling to Kenya to visit with relatives.
Trudeau said in a statement he joins the international community in mourning the dozens of lives lost when the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 headed for Nairobi went down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. There were no survivors.
'On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones as a result of this tragedy,' Trudeau said.
'While the causes of the crash continue to be investigated, the safety and security of all Canadians remains our primary concern.'
A list issued by Ethiopian Airlines revealed that victims hailed from 35 countries total. Kenya had the most victims with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia with nine and the US, Italy and China with eight each. There were also seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five each from the Netherlands and Germany; four each from India and Slovakia; three each from Russia, Austria and Sweden; and two each from Spain, Israel, Morocco and Poland. Countries losing one citizen were Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ireland, Mozambique, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Serbia, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Nepal and Nigeria.
Trudeau said the Canadian government is providing consular assistance and working with local authorities to gather further information.
He also said he is reaching out to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to express his condolences.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has yet to respond to the crash that took the lives of eight Americans.