Nigerians React To Young Passenger Who Kicked Wole Soyinka Off His Plane Seat

Posted on June 25 2019 , at 12:38 pm
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A lot of Nigerians have reacted to a story on Twitter which detailed how a young passenger traveling in the same aircraft with Nigeria’s foremost playwright and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka asked him to vacate a window seat that he was occupying during a commercial flight.

According to Tonye Cole who witnessed the incident, the seat in which the prof was seating was meant for the young passenger while the one next to the aisle was for Prof. Soyinka. Instead of allowing the prof to take the seat since he was already seated before him, the passenger insisted that he must leave, and the prof obliged gently.

This attitude towards the national icon didn’t quite sit well with some people who went on to bash the young man for being disrespectful, while others absolved him of any wrong doing.

Many people, including the former Aviation Minister of Nigeria and national critic, Femi Fani-Kayode condemned the young passenger’s action.

However, others said the young man didn’t do anything wrong by asking for his seat.


There were also people who were of the opinion that the issue wasn’t worth the attention it is receiving, attributing it to the unnecessary nosiness of Tonye Cole.

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