Wole Soyinka breaks silence on plane seat incident – Independent Observers

Wole Soyinka breaks silence on plane seat incident

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has commented on his encounter with a ‘young man’ that asked for his seat, taken earlier by Soyinka before a flight.

His comment on the incident was posted by Media Mogul, Mo Abudu, who shared a mail from Soyinka on her Instagram page, where the Nobel Laureate gave a short explanation on the incident, which he described as “very minor”.

Abudu, explained that the content of the mail was shared after she got the approval of Wole Soyinka.

 She wrote:

“Good morning, beautiful people. Its 6.30 am here in Los Angeles. Quite a bit has been said about me making certain comments about the young man that refused to give up his seat for Professor Wole Soyinka.

I will not comment further on this, however as you all know I LOVE and RESPECT Professor Wole Soyinka dearly.

Based on this incident, I did receive an email from Professor Wole Soyinka this morning and with his permission, it’s below:

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. Any way of your finding out. I don’t operate in the social media as you probably recall. WS A post shared by Mo Abudu (@moabudu) on Jun 25, 2019 at 7:14am 

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