Books written by Prof. Pius Adesanmi, the late Nigerian literary icon, have been soaring on the Amazon bestseller lists since his death.
Adesanmi met his untimely death in a plane crash in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019, while making a trip from Canada to Kenya for an African Union conference.
Since then, his award-winning book, You are not a country Africa, has been soaring on the bestseller list for African literature, overtaking books by legendary author Toyin Falola; Nelson Mandela, post-apartheid president of South Africa; Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain and other great authors.
The book, which won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African literature soared into the top 20 best selling books on African literature, at number 19, just after Adesanmi’s passing.
His latest book, Naija no dey carry last, climbed to the fourth position on the Amazon bestseller list for West African history, displacing the likes Chinua Achebe’s There was a country; John Paden’s Muhammadu Buhari: the challenges of leadership in Nigeria; and Okonjo-Iweala’s reforming the unreformable.
Describing the book, Okey Ndibe, one of Nigeria’s foremost contemporary writers, said: “Pius Adesanmi’s Naija No Dey Carry Last is a treasure of pleasures, a gem of a book”.
“Adesanmi is a prodigious writer and deep thinker whose essays exude vigorous intelligence, rare insight and a devastating wit. The essays in this peerless collection are irreverent, evocative, mind-expanding, and highly entertaining.
“This kaleidoscopic, take-no-prisoner’s romp through the vital social, cultural and political issues of Nigeria will thrill, inform and transform you. I urge you to read and reread this terrific, capacious book—and then tell all your friends about it.”
The Kogi state government has said it would immortalize Adesanmi by making all his books available at all major libraries in the state.
Adesanmi was born in Isanlu, in Yagba east local government area of the state, in 1972.