Tonye Cole Narrates How a Young Man Embarrassed Wole Soyinka on the Plane
SWITZERLAND, JUNE 24 – Businessman and founder of Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole has narrated how he witnessed a young man who embarrassed literary sage and nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka by asking him to leave his seat on the plane.
@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!
However, many Nigerians have sided with the young man saying it was his right to demand for his seat even if it was such a notable person like Wole Soyinka sitting on it.
Popular commentator, Gimba Kakanda wrote on Twitter:
“There’s nothing wrong with that passenger asking Soyinka to leave his seat. Counting his insistence to enjoy what he paid for as disrespect, is the orientation that has led us here. We’ve turned this culture into a rule that our politicians exploit it to enjoy the Soyinka Moment.
“If I find Soyinka occupying my seat, I will politely greet him and let him enjoy the peace in my seat. But a passenger who chooses otherwise shouldn’t be demonized. Our culture is not the law of the universe, and we don’t know the reason the passenger insists on having that seat.”
There’s nothing wrong with that passenger asking Soyinka to leave his seat. Counting his insistence to enjoy what he paid for as disrespect, is the orientation that has led us here. We’ve turned this culture into a rule that our politicians exploit it to enjoy the Soyinka Moment.— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) June 24, 2019