Soyinka speaks on plane seat incident with ‘young man’ 


The controversy trailing the incident between Wole Soyinka and a young man on board a flight has drawn the reaction of the Nobel laureate.

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Soyinka and the guy caused stir in the flight after the latter who was allotted a seat at the window side told the 83-year-old who occupied the place before his arrival him to vacate it.

Without qualms, Soyinka obeyed and took his seat near him. The moment which was captured on camera was posted by former co-founder of Sahara Energy Group, Tony Cole, on social media where it has generated mixed reactions.

The controversy has gotten to Soyinka and drawn his comment, according medial mogul, Mo Abudu, who shared correspondence between them online.

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.”

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