Yesterday, the world was thrown into a frenzy with the news of an ill-fated plane crash from Addis Ababa en route Nairobi. The aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max with registration number, ET-AVJ took off at 8:38 am Local time from Addis Ababa and lost contact at 8:44 am; approximately 6 minutes after take-off.

The disaster spared no lives as all the passengers and crew members aboard the airline have been confirmed dead.
Among the 157 victims aboard the airline, two have been confirmed to be Nigerian.

The popular Nigerian Professor and Writer, Pius Adesanmi. Adesanmi is a Professor of English at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was also the director of the Institute of African Studies at the University.

Ethiopian Airlines Nigerian Victim
Adesanmi’s last post on Facebook

Adesanmi travelled using his Canadian passport. He is also a very popular social commentator.

Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a former Joint Special Representative for the African Union, United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan.

Ethiopian Airlines Nigerian Victim

They both were headed to Nairobi for the CIDO/ECOSOCC meeting.

Below are the nationalities of other victims.

Ethiopian Airlines Nigerian Victim

Our heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims. May their souls rest in peace.