Premium Times columnist, Pius Adesanmi, honoured in Canada (PHOTOS)

Pius Adesanmi and officials of CBIE

On November 1 in Halifax, Canada, renowned Premium Times Columnist, Pius Adesanmi, was officially awarded the 2017 Board of Director’s Leadership Award of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

The High Commissioners of Nigeria and South Africa to Canada were in Halifax to share the professor’s moment.

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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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 PhD programme 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Adesanmi is the Director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, the only such Institute in any Canadian University.

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  • Funso Famuyiwa

    Kudos, Dr. Pius. You’ve done Nigeria and Africa proud. And thru your Online engagements and your inimitable style of writing, you provide a visible Role Model for young Nigerians and Africans to emulate.

  • Someone

    nonsense. why is he no getting the award in ghana, nigeria or south africa ???

    just like how mugabe was knighted, and removed after he removed lands from whites.
    so they think pius will be in govt tomorrow to give them favours. hhehehehehe.
    at home, they probably think you africans eat shit.

    • Pawa2

      Your brain is the size of a pea.

  • emmanuel

    he gets awards in Canada and PT splashes his photos and reports the story. Are the Canadians aware that the president of his country is a serial Certificate forger who failed English & Literature with the worst grade possible? Are they aware that the president of his country in 2017 is a sickly, uneducated senile 78yr old man? What a shame. Despite bright minds in Nigeria it is clowns, daft, dumb, clueless and brainless individuals that lead. Nigeria is cursed. Just imagine suicide bombers and terrorists kill 78 people in 4 days and the president does not deem it fit to address the nation. The government does not even pay attention to the incident and it moves on as if nothing happened. But during the last administration every attack was reported with some sort of ‘fanfare’. It is how sick and mischievous Nigeria has become.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    You are rambling emmanuel or better still jealous. Eyes you don’t have and you have lost your reasoning faculties. A General in the Nigerian Army does not need a pass in English… You think it’s about certificate? Jonathan’s papers were just worthless with his so called PhD without thesis. Very puerile thinking process.