Nigerians have been reacting to a story that broke online when an unnamed young man had asked the renowned literary giant, Wole Soyinka to get off his seat which was by the window side in the aircraft.
According to Tonye Cole who described what happened, Professor Wole Soyinka had sat on the seat for a couple of minutes when the baseball cap, t-shirt -wearing young man appeared and told the old man to leave his seat.
Tonye Cole, had revealed that the the young man had insisted Wole Soyinka leave the seat as that's what he paid for. Read below:
@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!
This has generated lots of reactions on the internet. While some think there's nothing wrong in what the young man did, some are of the opinion that he is disrespectful for telling an old man to stand up from his seat. See a few reactions below:
Do you think the young man was being disrespectful by asking Wole Soyinka to get up from his seat?
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