Professor Wole Soyinka and the Plane seat Saga…
It is no longer news that Professor Wole and a young man, whose name has been identified as Tosin Odunfa had a plane seat disagreement.
Before I go into details let me say first and foremost Nigerians can tell juicy stories sha, anything to get the likes, the Retweets and even follow. A certain Tonye Cole went on twitter to talk about the incident and how the young man gave Professor Wole Soyinka a dress down and how the Professor himself was adamant and being a self-entitled old man. The way he skillfully painted the event definitely brought the likes, the follows and the retweets till the young man in question came out to disclaim the juicy part.
Yes, he told the Prof. to stand up from the seat he paid for, but it was because he was on the Autism Spectrum and needed the view from the window to keep him from getting sick on the plane. He also said many of it was exaggerated as both men talked through out the flight exchanged number and the Prof complimenting him for the act and encouraging young Nigerians to stand up for themselves. The Nobel Laureate did not mind getting up as opposed what Tonye Cole tweeted; Tosin Odunfa said.
First and foremost, I think we should stop over sensationalizing things, it is not fair on the young man who was involved or the Professor Wole Soyinka who is a national treasure.
Secondly it was the Young man’s right to ask for his seat. He paid for it and particularly mentioned he wanted the seat with the view for a reason. BUT I am also a person that believes in morals. Just like it is fair enough to stand up for an elderly person, or a pregnant person or even a child then I don’t think it is too much to ask if you give up your seat for an elderly person as long as the ask politely lol. Be nice because I am sure you would want someone to be nice to your own parents too.
Lastly as an Elderly person we should not lord over our age to a younger person. It is unfair and does not show maturity. Ask politely and I am sure any sensible young person would give up the seat and if they do not, remember it was not yours in the first place so do not feel insulted or angry about what was not yours to begin with.
I think it is safe to say we can move on from this saga now into more important things like how can we make Nigeria great again.