Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and media mogul, Mo Abudu have finally reacted to the unusual encounter between himself and a plane passenger that led to national debate over the last 24-hours.
The scenario – where a young Nigerian man demanded that the Professor stand up from his seat onboard a flight over the weekend – has caused a frenzy online and Mo Abudu’s initial reaction to the story also made her a target on social media.
A twist came to the story after a gentleman took to the comment section to identify himself as the one who asked the Professor to stand up from his seat. The gentleman later went on to his page to reveal that his comment was only to portray how people’s character can be easily judged after hearing from one person’s point of view.
In her reaction to the whole saga, Mo Abudu said,
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:
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. Any way of your finding out. I don’t operate in the social media as you probably recall.