Nigerian Man Orders Wole Soyinka Out Of His Seat On A Flight


Oil Mogul Tonye Patrick Cole took to his social media page to narrate a story of a young man who ordered Professor Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel laureate, literary giant, globally and nationally respected figure out of his seat, on a flight.

Tonye Cole did not indicate whether it was a local or international flight, but the story posted on Sunday has elicited outrage and condemnation of the young man, for committing sacrilege. Some others have sided the young man for insisting on his right.

See Tonye Cole’s story posted on Instagram below:

“I 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?

Tonye Patrick Cole

Some reactions from Nigerians;

Comedian and MC, Gbenga Adeyinka, One of those who reacted to the post said:

“It’s a sad reflection of who we have become. Let’s even forget who Prof Wole Soyinka is (although thats hard to do).

“Consider his age. If that is where he feels comfortable, it behoves the young man to allow him sit there considering his age. It’s like me telling my father to stand up from where I sit normally when he comes to visit.

“We were brought up to stand up for the elderly, women (pregnant or otherwise) but I guess that is no longer the NORM. ITS A PRIVILEGE… (A VERY RARE ONE AT THAT ) TO BE SEATED CLOSE TO PROF. My opinion is the YOUNG CHAP SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF. IT’S LIKE MEETING WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND TELLING HIM TO VACATE A SEAT COS YOU WERE ALLOCATED THE SEAT”

A lady, Miss Oyindamola T Adewusi also reacted read below;

Honestly, I think respect is not demanded but earned. As much as we should respect the elderly, the elderly too should respect the younger ones. Respect isn’t age based though. If the prof wanted a window seat, he should have booked for it. Do we know if it was the first time the young man has boarded on a plane and he wants to have a feel of the experience? Now if you said he was rude or he was shouting on the prof, that I will understand, but for him standing his ground on what he is entitled too? I don’t see a problem with that. I believe in respecting our elders as I was raised, but I was also raised not to be cheated or taken advantage of because of age. He paid for his seat and he deserves to sit on it if he chooses to. You describing his looks or labeling him as a tattooed blah blah blah doesn’t change the fact that he also has a right. Why didn’t prof book for a window seat if he wanted it?

Spread the love by sharing


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.