Wole Soyinka reacts to plane seat incident

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has finally commented on the viral plane seat incident which has been a topic for debate amongst Nigerians.

TVCONTINENTAL had reported that oil mogul, Tonye Patrick Cole had shared the story of a young man who insisted that Wole Soyinka vacates the seat allotted to him on the flight.

Tonye Patrick reporting as an eye witness, shared on social media. In Tonye posts, he shared his thought on the matter saying;

“I couldn’t understand how we got to this point where we no longer have respect for elders, even if are so ignorant of the great global personalities in our midst. Is it too much to ask that an elderly man be allowed to remain in a seat allotted to you in the same business class cabin and the same row? 
Na wa o!”

Wole Soyinka has  however referred to the situation as a minor problem.

Media Mogul, Mo Abudu, shared a mail from Professor Wole Soyinka on her Instagram page, where the Nobel Laureate gave a short explanation on the incident he described as “very minor”.

Mo Abudu, explained that the content of the mail was shared after she got the approval of Wole Soyinka. It reads: “Hallo Mo, Someone sent me Patrick Tonye’s comment on the plane incident, and I saw your brief comment. It was a very minor thing and I’d forgotten all about it.

 

However, after reading the boy’s response, I became curious. First, I never exchanged a word with him throughout beyond inviting him to take his allotted seat. Never spoke a word to him after that. Certainly never exchanged contact. So of course, I wonder if it’s the very individual who’s posted this or a total fake.

 

The phenomenon of stolen identities takes very strange dimensions and has become a source of worry. I wonder if this is one such. Anyway of your finding out. I don’t operate in social media as you probably recall.”

5 Comments
  • OLANREWAJU AMOO
    Reply
    June 26, 2019

    Why all the noise about nothing..? Soyinka has done correction to his own mistake only for facebook war lords to give it an undue attention…!

  • Don Phills
    Reply
    June 26, 2019

    Seat assign to you in an aircraft, is not party ground or home, when taken your body pass, the airline staff must ask you for your preferable seat, the young man seeks for that seat and Wole Soyinka have no right to seat on it, as educated he is, it is show of shame for him, I will do the same to him bcos that’s the seat I requested or allocated to me. This has nothing to do with elderly person, this is not a bus where you can stand up for an elderly person to take up your seat.

    • Joe Akanya
      Reply
      June 26, 2019

      Am sure u don’t have respect for your father either

      • naniemma
        Reply
        June 26, 2019

        Nah was o0o, bro calm down nah, no be fight nah!!! Moreover this flight seat sef, nah ur seat??? Leave the seat for person wey get seat nah haba

      • Sophia
        Reply
        June 26, 2019

        Ehat is the big deal, even in the airline tou can tell the air hostess tou need to change your sit. You guys should go sleep.

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