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How Wole Soyinka was disrespectfully asked by a young man in a plane to get up from his seat

A businessman, Tonye Patrick Cole has narrated his experience with Nobel prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka, whom he boarded a business class portion of a plane with.

According to the business, Wole Soyinka was treated in a disrespectful manner by a young man in the plane over a seat.

He wrote:

@professorwolesoyinka#celebrategreatness#relationshipsmatter met one of the greatest Nigerians walking the earth today and as with other times, he was genteel, witty, forthright and humble. My smile gives me away as he permitted the picture whereas he would have preferred to get back to his newspapers. Then we boarded the flight and after assisting him with his bags, he took the window seat and promptly started reading again. 

A few minutes later this young man, baseball cap, t-shirt to show his muscled chest and tattooed biceps boards the plane and tells Prof he is on his seat (which he was). Those of us including the cabin crew tried to reason with Bobo Fine to let the old man be but the chap refused. He insisted Prof should vacate his window seat, which the old man quietly did for his original aisle seat next to him. 

“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!

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6 Comments

  1. With due respect no one should sit on another person sit on a plane. Will Prof Soyinka take another person sit in the UK or US

  2. So its now an offence for an old man with so much exposure and recognition to do the right thing and follow due process?

    1. The writer must be seeking to extend his contact with the Prof beyond the pictures he took with him. If that was not the case I would not know the reason for his shouting

  3. I wonder why we are busytalking about this sit of a thing.yes we in African show respect to our elders but this is a question this man exercising his right.no body gives up his right on the altar respecting elder.the elderly was going to oppress this young man with his age and status.the elderly man will not take it if another man relatively older than him with less status to sit on his allocated sit on a plane.the white will not do this, even pope of a sitting president abroad will not do this.this men benefited alot from this country what are they giving back oppression. Will wole be happy if any of his child is intimidated by an elderly man in situation like this.what wole should have done is to sit in his oreginal allocated sit and then ask the boy if he can permit him to sit on the sit in question for a reason not to imposed himselt to deny the youngman his right.Remember he paid for that sit.

  4. In Ephesians 6:4, the Bible stated that Fathes should not provoke that children. Prof Soyinka provoked the young man and he responded. Prof did the right thing by giving up the young man’s seat to him. That is the right thing to do. No one should insist on what is not right. More respect to Prof Soyinka for quickly righting a wrong.

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