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Wole Soyinka reacts to his flight palaver with young passenger 

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Wole Soyinka reacts to his flight palaver with young passenger 

There’s been a lot of buzz around a recent incident involving a young man and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, aboard a flight in Nigeria.

The first-hand narrative by Sahara Group co-founder, Tonye Cole, on his Instagram page claimed that the young man refused to be cajoled in other to allow Soyinka seat by the window instead of the aisle which was originally allocated for the latter.

Amidst the divergent reactions which had trailed the incident, media personality, Mo Abudu, said Soyinka sent her an email explaining how the incident happened.

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On her IG post, Mo Abudu shared a photo of her and the 84-year-old Nobel Laureate with the caption;

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, its 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. Anyway of your finding out.

I don’t operate in the social media as you probably recall.

WS

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See the previous post by Tonye Cole:

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