It was a mixture of courage and heartbreak on Monday as Muyiwa, wife of late Prof Pius Adesanmi, broke the news of his death to their daughter, Tise.
Adesanmi was one of the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday.
A professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Adesanmi was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social, and Cultural Council in Nairobi.
He lived with his family in Canada and held a Canadian passport.
Akintunde Akinleye, a Nigerian academia and journalist in Canada captured the moment Mrs Adesanmi informed her daughter of the writer’s death.
“When Tise wished you an angelic goodbye, Prof… A courageous woman, your friend, your wife held back all her pains…to break this news to Tise! I am so humbled by this courage!!!!” Akinleye wrote in a Facebook post.
Adesanmi is survived by his wife, daughter and mother.
Unlike him, his wife, whom he described as his “polar opposite” does not like to travel.