It all started when billionaire and co-founder of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole narrated an encounter he had on a flight.
Tonye had taken to his Instagram page to narrate how a young passenger insisted that foremost playwright, Wole Soyinka must leave the window seat assigned to him.
The young boy however didn’t bulge despite pleas from him and the cabin crew.
“I met one of the greatest Nigerians walking on earth 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,” he wrote.
“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’s 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 we are so ignorant of the great global personalities. 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.”
Mo Abudu and Kate Henshaw however reacted saying the boy should have stood up for Soyinka out of respect.
A number of Nigerians while reacting on Twitter however criticised the Nobel Laureate for his actions.
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