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Monday, June 24, 2019

Prof Wole Soyinka Asked To Get Up From A Flight Seat By Young Nigerian Man

This is a Narrative of how a young Nigerian man asked Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka to vacate a seat for him..................







''@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!''





In Germany once an old person enters a Bus or a train and there is no empty seat,people give up their seats to make sure they seat..I have never really asked if it is a must but the love with which they do it is awesome.
Over the weekend i was abroad and decided to take the Bus so that my Bambinis could look around...The bus was so full with no empty seat but a nice young man gave up his seat for me...lol
What he did was not wrong but he could have let the old prof take the seat...costs nothing!!!

191 comments:

  1. Very disrespectful guy.
    I don’t know how we got here.
    There were times I had to vacate my seat for elderly ones cos of the comfort.
    It does not take anything to be nice to people.


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    1. Lets look at this from another point of view. The guy did no wrong. All he did,was asked for his allocated seat nothing more. If the prof,wanted that seat,he would have asked the young man politely immediately the guy arrieved to claim his seat. This is not about respect here,but what is rightfully his.

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    2. I hope people know there are people that like window seats and specifically request for it even in advance by checking in online. And again a business class ticket aint cheap. I cant spend over a million on a seat and not get EXACTLY what I requested for.
      Also airlines assign each seat by name for orderliness on the plane and for SAFETY. Each passenger is accounted for by the seat they are assigned to. God forbid there is a crash, each seat and each aisle is accounted for and each person can be traced.
      Now I understand respect and I do give up seats for the elderly and pregnant on the train/bus but most times I don't even seat in their assigned section at all. I just stand if there are no seats. i don't seat on those marked specifically for elderly/pregnant.
      The guy could have just allowed him being an elderly person. But i wont also rebuke the guy also, some people may feel claustrophobic on a flight, and sitting by the window keeps them calmer. i for one don't care either way where i seat bcos i knock off once i enter a flight, but certain ppl have fears, phobia's and specific compulsions while flying. Some like me don't like window seat, i shut the blind sef, don't want to see the sky. But for some men it is a high for them and it makes their flying pleasurable.
      This is my VIEW, thank you as you accept it as mine without insults, just as i have yours.

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    3. I like prof. But this young man ddnt do anything wrong!


      The real tess-baby

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    4. No sensible adult would insult another cos they have different opinions on same issue.
      @beds and roses, I like how you made your point.

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    5. Don't mind Stella and her ass licking. Just bcos it's the Prof(who knows better by the way).

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    6. Beds and Roses you have spoken so well. He knows the real educated ones here

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    7. Which obviously you are not a part of @totoh fan. You are one of the dullards here.

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    8. In his shoes I may have allowed Prof, and get a selfie, lol. But frankly speaking I see nothing wrong in the man insisting on his seat, as long as he was not rude. Prof knew it wasn't his seat na.

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    9. Nigerians with their sense of entitlement. Woke Soyinka was assigned a seat, he left his seat and sat on someone's seat without permission. The person asked for his seat and you called him disrespectful. Woke should have respected the young man by asking him to switch. I guess in Nigeria, young people don't deserve respect.
      Btw, if it's the same Soyinka that supported that little tyrant called Buhari, then shame on him. Shameless old deceitful hypocrite. He should thank God that it wasn't my seat that he took. He would have learned how not to disrespect people.
      I guess that young man should have looked for a younger person and take their seat. No wonder Jesus wept.

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    10. I'll also do same if I were the man. Nothing wrong in what he did!

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    11. Nigerians and the reason we don't make progress....oyibo cannot think like this....entitlement mentality. why are seats assigned. some people check in online and choose seats...why will I allow an old man deprive me of what I choose? Soyinka is educated and should know better.stella your comparism is very different. this are assigned seats. I would politely tell anyone on my assigned seat to get up. if you give me a genuine reason or there is free sitting I can allow you but I will let you know that was my seat...Nigerians and stupid sentiments, old man, my village, my tribe, my church etc is why we allow people get away with so much

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    12. Wole Soyinka would have done same in his younger days. He started a confraternity cos yh,thats him in his own youth

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    13. As far as I'm concerned the guy did no wrong. I always reserve my seat online and make sure its by the window. Prof Wole Soyinka has been travelling for years and knows that whatever seat is being allocated to you is where you sit, why sit on another person's seat? If the guy is white would it be a different case?
      Sentiment no go kee Nigerians πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ˜

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    14. Stella, senior citizens, people with kids and disabled have priority seating on buses abroad. That is different from airplane seat which is assigned to passengers. Foreign airlines would ask everyone to make sure they are on their seat. You could change once the plane in airborne but they frown on people switching seats before they submit the manifest of passengers on board. When you hear announcements for a passenger, it's because the passenger's seat is empty when they have record of the passenger checking in at the airport etc.
      The young man did nothing wrong. He should have asked him to swap with him instead of taking the young man's seat like his birth right.

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    15. Anonymous if ur papa sits and I tell him to get up from my sit will u be happy

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  2. Whose seat was he supposed to sit on while the professor took his? Nigerians are so hypocritical. When did it become respect to let someone sit on the seat you were allotted on a flight, because they're older? Abroad, you get up in buses for older people, wheelchair users and women with buggies and children mainly cos it's a SAFETY issue which is why those allocated spaces are designed like that. No council or transportation provider wants to be shelling out money for a lawsuit. People may get up for older people and visibly pregnant women out of courtesy but a) it doesn't necessarily mean they're respectful and b) standing through three bus stops or even more isn't the same as an entire flight journey, biko.

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    1. See dem. They don dey show themselves.
      Nobody said it was right or wrong.
      They only said it wasn't respectful .
      Giving someone your seat to take theirs is just a sacrifice that comes from a place of love.
      I'm not surprised , many Nigerians have zero joy in their heart.
      So, how could they give any out?.
      I once took a flight in London and was separated from my 5year old son.
      I politely asked the "black" man next to me to please exchange seats with him, and he refused. I didn't get angry or anything, cos he was within his right.
      When i went to fasten my son's belt, the white lady next to him offered immediately to swap seats with me.
      Its not a right or wrong issue.
      Its just something that comes from a place of love, like helping strangers with their bags, helping the woman with two kids in d keke or bus to manage some of the kids or bring them down from d bus.

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    2. And where here does it say the man will stand on a flight? What is so hypocritical about respect?

      There are already marked buggy spaces on London buses and it's mandatory that you get up if you sat there prior to when a buggy user boards the bus. But it is not compulsory to get up for an older person or a pregnant one etc and you do it out of the kindness of your heart.

      So,10:19, if there wasn't a written law to do so for the physically challenged, aged, pregnant etc, you will not be compassionate enough to do so?

      I am still somewhat at a loss because I truly do not understand how it's hypocrisy to show respect even at an inconvenience to self. Wow!

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    3. It was just a case of exchanging a window seat for an aisle seat so it wouldn't have mattered much. Same row, just let him stay by the window while he takes the aisle seat. Its just being respectful.

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    4. shut your ill mannered zero home training mouth..when you grow old ,may little children ridicle you.ode

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    5. What exactly are u on about? Who asked him to stand? Is it even possible to stand in a flight? Mumu, ode, we are talking about respect here, you disrespectful bunch that weren't trained well by ur parents go around showing off ur lack of home training like it's an award, the profs seat was obviously empty, why didn't take the sit and shut up, gosh, u and guy weren't properly trained by ur folks, it's a pity

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    6. The young man did not wrong.

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    7. Hypocriticalin what sense? U lack respect just like that guy period.

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    8. Lol! When you want to sit in a particular spot on a plane, you:
      a) book the seat you want, even if it means paying extra
      b) ASK the owner politely to change
      c) buy or charter a private jet.

      Not make assumptions that you'll be given the seat for whatever reason. FYI, it is DISRESPECTFUL for a well-travelled, exposed public figure such as Soyinka to sit in a seat he knows he's not entitled to cos he knows he didn't pay for it, refuse to move and put others in the uncomfortable position of having to try to bully the rightful owner into giving up his seat. Fgs, he can read seat numbers (he's a Nobel Laureate afterall) so he knew where his own seat was. Where I'd have had a problem is if the young man was rude. The call-out didn't say he was.

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    9. The prof is an intelligent erudite,so l am surprised he sat in the seat that was not allotted to him. Was he banking on someone conceding that seat to him? I am old school and traditional, but l won't blame someone for claiming his own seat in a business class section.
      Why are we not considering the young man's medical or psychological reason? Why did the prof not ask for the window seat?
      If someone had taken the prof's seat(especially a white person), he would have written an article or a poem about it.
      Baba should always do the needful,l beg. Sebi,he is an activist and a social crusader!

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    10. 12:30 & 12:55, u'v both spoken my mind. However, I also applaud those who consider it proper to be respectful to elders and ppl in general.

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    11. Anon 12:55 thank u. I think the prof owes the young man an apology

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    12. If I hear say I give up my seat for him!

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  3. What he did wasn't wrong though, but according respect to whom respect is due is right. It was same airplane, same seat just inside and outside, I see no big deal. An elderly woman once asked that she sits on the aisle, because she had phobia for fight windows ( I don't like it either) I didn't even think it twice to do her that favour, even in my inconvenience. The elderly, disabled and children and treated with great respect and care abroad. It used to be so her in Nigeria but not anymore...#sad

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    1. She asked nicely, that’s not the same thing

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    2. Why didn't he ask first? He just carried his Naija mentality to go and take what does not belong to him. The young man DID NOTHING WRONG!

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    3. It is a pity we have so many ill manarred children called Nigeria youth of today. One of the reasons they don't set their priorities right, the reason for high crime rates, youth supporting yahoo frudstars has role models. We have lost our cultural values.

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    4. Which cultural value was the prof exhibiting? Why go to someone else's seat? Was that not disingenuous? Do we teach our kids to take what is not theirs? Prof Soyinka is not senile;he was using emotional blackmail most of us Yoruba elders too and that is why our youth are confused and criminal-minded.
      Be careful how you use values!

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    5. Them dey do elders for inside plane?
      Na real wa

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    6. @yemi exactly, if people around pleaded with him to reconsider, I don't see why he shouldn't especially being an elderly man, but as you can see we have a lot of untrained and self centred people living amongst us. Someone is asking if they do elders for inside plan, of course, it's done anywhere and everywhere.

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    7. Yemi7up with all the respect and value Africans have for elder where has it taken us to? Lmao! Respect is reciprocal. He already disrespected himself and the guy by sitting on the sit allocated to the guy. If you don’t want young people to disrespect you, you must not do what will make them disrespect you. You weren’t there so don’t say what you don’t know. You don’t even know if prof snubbed the guy, you don’t know if he snubbed the guy, you don’t know if he was rude to the guy (elders can also be rude) l. But it’s obvious he refused to get up, reason why people and cabin crew on board were begging the guy to forfeit the seat. Next time he will ask before sitting on a seat allocated to another or better still he will just sit on his own seat no.

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  4. Maybe he doesn't even know Prof? Even at that with the grey hair haba the young shouldn't have, but some will say there is nothing wrong shows how disrespectful some people are naturally.

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    1. For inside plane again?
      This isn't disrespect, that was his seat and he chose not to give it up for anybody..
      Why do we like to reason like this?

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    2. Anon 13:28 I wonder o

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  5. Disrespectful child. I bet it's his first time boarding a plane. He wants to be looking at the wings of the plane doing shaky shaky or looking at the clouds moving and dancing azonto. Otherwise what's so special about window. Yeye child

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    2. If you raise your child to be a mugu he will always get cheated because this is a capitalist world where the winners play by the rules and speak up when things don’t favour them. Fake meekness only gets children abused and unable to benefit from systems that favour others. Nigerian children are already behind and only do well when they are able to adjust to international systems, or first class students in Nigeria wouldn’t be sent abroad to study almost automatically. Why is that ?

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    3. It has got nothing to do with fake meekness or being cheated. What would it have cost him to take the professor’s seat? If not for anything all that grey hair and people asking him to. I’m all for standing up for ones right but this? Not nice.

      Away from one of my favorite persons on earth though, there was a time I was to travel by plane, happened to have an open ticket for over a year and wanted to use it. I was told to pay more money for business class as economy was full. I paid. I went to board and just sat by a window in economy only for the seat owner to come tell me to get up. To be truthful then I didn’t know much about seats on a plane. I thought you sit anywhere. I had to go locate my seat and through out the flight I was marveling at what I would have missed due to ignorance.

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    5. Lmao! Those azonto clouds ehnnn.....

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    6. 11:08, there's a difference between meekness (fake or real) and intelligence. They are not mutually exclusive. That u'r meek or respectful doesn't prevent u from appreciating the need to assert ur rights when neccesary. Call a good thing what it is. Respect is top-notch virtue, anywhere, anytime. There's no arguing it.

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  6. 21st century children. No respect for elders..smh

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    1. Elders for inside plane?
      This is not bus or anything o, kai

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    2. Does ur elder become ur junior by stepping on a plane?

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  7. How did we get to this point? In school we were taught to give up our seats for elders. What would it have cost that young man to seat elsewhere? God help this generation.

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    1. Poor parenting. We are loosing our heritage gradually. Teachers cannot correct students without parents putting up for fight so who will teach or impact the discipline.

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    2. You spoke my mind @Anon 10:30. Prof respected himself and moved to his "allotted" seat; it's the sympathiser that is now crying more than the bereaved. I respect Prof as a literary icon and elder statesman and would have let him be but this young man obviously didn't share such sentiments and insisted on "his right". The young man didn't do anything wrong as long as he didn't verbally/physically assault him. Check well before you sit to avoid unnecessary drama. Not everyone is star/age-struck mbok.

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    3. My comment was meant for the Anon 10:30 under whose comment Castle responded. I have seen that Opera mini and I won't have a smooth relationship on this blog. Chrome, please take me back!

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    4. Chrome yaff disown you. Lmao!

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    5. Why didn't Prof sit on his alloted seat? Ya'll just unnecessarily sentimental

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  8. Poor honh breeding!

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  9. He didn't do anything wrong,he knew he was in someone else's sit. As An adult if you don't want disrespect,stay your lane

    I would not said anything if it was me, but still doesn't mean i will bash whoever did, cause if it was a random person, this person won't be making this post.

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    1. Na you conclude everything.

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    2. I'm really surprised at these people here oh.

      The young man did nothing, absolutely nothing wrong. In a civilised society, Wole Soyinka won't even sit on another's seat in the first place

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    3. Lady T/worth more than a thousand dollars24 June 2019 at 12:03

      I am very certain the Prof didn't know it wasn't his allotted seat. We make that mistake most of the time.

      The young man was disrespectful. After been asked by the attendants as well to nisuru, he still insisted. That's disrespectful.

      We've really lost what matters .

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    4. Correct! You are the Anon 10:30 my comment was meant for.

      Castle Windsor darling, howdy?

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    5. LadyT you see those attendants that "pleaded" with the guy to leave his sit for an intruder deserves to be sacked because they don't know their job!

      Btw,poster you are the one insulting our prof because,if this truly happened(the above picture does not prove anything),the prof will be highly embarrassed with this your amibo.

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    6. Thank you fan Emmanuel and eka joy.. I have been seeing unreasonable comments here... wow, just wow.

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    7. Fan, poster is also a well respected man. It's Tonye Cole but I agree that the prof will be embarrassed to be trending in this manner.

      Someone also mentioned that it's possible the prof mixed his seats. It happens even on international routes. And it's also possible that the attendants out of excitement sat prof on that seat.

      Alas, we have all jumped to different conclusions, cursed out one another without having all the information.

      I read someone's comment that in more exposed climes, this won't happen. Lol. Some of us think nothing untoward happens abroad. That person is so wrong.

      I'll read other comments later. Work calls!

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    8. Anon 14:26 well respected man where? Lmao after he uselessed himself in rivers state. Showed his true colors.

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  10. I'm guessing he doesn't know who Prof is, and I think this case is different, there were two vacant seats; maybe if Prof had spoken to him prior to when the flight took off I'm sure he would have opted to rest on the aisle, besides what's up with the window seat it's not like you'll see anything outside.

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    1. When Prof who by the way is my favourite person was booking his flight, he had a choice to choose where he wants to sit, he had a sit number allocated as well. Yeah, the young man could have left him alone but some of us are wired differently. This boy obviously was not brought up like a proper Nigerian kid.
      I had sat on a seat not allocated to me and there were other vacant seats nearby but when those couple came in, they wouldn't budge so I had to get up and seat opposite them which was my rightful seat.
      The young man could have let him seat but then, does he know Prof if he is not versed in Nigerian literature? Let's be civilised sometimes cos a lot of people get into trouble cos of this Nigerian factor.

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    2. Thank you anon 11:43
      Let's all be reasonable here please

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    3. Who the hell is he? So because he's a Nobel laureate he should be worshipped? Mtchewww

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    4. Shooter Gyal, this precisely is one of our many problems.

      You could have communicated your displeasure without swearing and hissing @ who the hell is he & mtcheeww.

      This language on its own is appalling whether the recipient is 7 or 70 years old.

      The manner in which we throw out rude words boggles my mind. And to think the person at the other end of all this wasn't even the one that raised this dust.

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  11. Story for the gods . Me that love window seats and I make sure I do online check in to secure the window seat .If you sit on my seat abeg you must comot oo. Why didn't the airline ask him his preferred seat and allocate same to him .Odiegwu

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    1. 10:32, this is understandable. But can we also see a trend? We can't just give up a bit of our personal comfort. Pity.

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    2. @Anon 11:05, I ain't giving up shit except I'm being asked politely to

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    3. Noted shooter Gyal. It's no longer a "gift" if it must come with conditions or cohesion. Have a good day SG. ♥️

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    4. Anon 16:06 And a gift should be made voluntarily not by force or by concession or by compromise.
      What if that guy chose that window seat so he can stay there quietly and think about his life? He should now suffer through the flight staring at people moving up and down. I hate aisle seats. If I'm the guy whoever it is must stand up.

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  12. Back then in Abj when I used BRT(El Rufai), I usually gave up my seats to older persons till some of them started feeling entitled. Like they will be staring at me expecting me to get up. I learnt to keep a straight face and enjoyed my ride on the seat I paid for.

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    1. Miss Aboki, they are entitled. They have earned it courtesy of their age. My question is, will you get up for your parents or their friends because they are in that age bracket? If the answer is yes, then you might consider applying it across board.

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    2. No ma, no one is entitled to the seat I paid for.

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    3. No one, I repeat no one is entitled to anything that concerns anybody...
      This entitlement mentality is already getting out of hand
      Miss aboki, please school that anon up there..

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    4. Thank u miss aboki

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  13. Even in the UK. You give up your seats for the aged and the pregnant. There are also marked seats for the physically challenged.

    And you will find that this individual who assumes he is being cool and that "oyinbos" are like that has probably never stepped out of the country.

    I was at a gathering recently and got up to take a call. When I returned, a girl of about 10-12 had moved my bag and sat down.

    I got back, waited a beat and when she didn't get up, I asked her to get up. She actually tried to talk back, I used my mother's "eyes effect" and that was that.

    I don't know about anywhere else in the world, but we have a major crisis on our hands in Nigeria. The problem however is that parents that should act are mostly the ones going about it the wrong way. We think we are new generation parents.

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    1. They are talking about airplane πŸ›¬ seats πŸ’Ί

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    2. And I know,Ms A. It's an analogy.

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    3. Anon up there, please read the narrative well, this is an airplane not bus,nor train nor canoe nor whatever...

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    4. Pls I beg all of u quoting in the uk, do people stand up in planes? Is everyone not allocated a seat? Why not admit that prof was wrong to sit in someone else’s seat? I tire for una

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    5. Lol! That mother's eye effect na strong thing. But seriously respect is becoming a thing of the past for our young ones these days.

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    6. Try and get the point, Ms. A , anony 10:36 is talking about respect.

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  14. Hmm this just brought back a memory.

    Let me share a personal story. I live in Ibadan and at a time, I worked in Iwo, Osun State. I used to shuttle between Ibadan and Iwo. I come to Ibadan on Fridays and I leave for Iwo on Sundays. One Sunday, I couldn't leave Ib due to exigencies so I had to leave very early the next day. When I got to the park, there were about three seats left so I picked one which was by the door. One old woman came with two younger ladies who I believed they were her children. Now remember, there were two seats left and they were three. The two ladies went in. I had to stand outside so they could enter the bus because my seat was by the door. I told them and mama "This is my seat please". After the ladies went in, mama too made to enter "Mama please I'm on this seat" I told her again. I assumed maybe one of her daughters wanted to lap her or something. You won't believe mama went inside and SAT on my seat. "Mama I told you this was my seat" I was almost pissed but I gave her the benefit of doubt maybe she couldn't hear well. "Which seat? Did I meet anybody there?" Ok then I became fully pissed. It took intervention of people from the park, I would have dragged this mama down from the bus. People in the bus were telling me I don't have respect. Please hold your respect right there. Firstly, I was running late. Secondly, If this mama had asked nicely without the mago mago she did, I would have given her my seat. Anyways, one of her ladies sat on the engine for her to sit. I had my own sit. Emi o raye oshi.

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    1. That's not the story there were two seats for each of them.

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    2. From people's comment I know their age.i love old people n by God's grace i must get old.karma is real.at old age must of this okuko agric will see hell on earth.

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    3. For the old woman here she is a cheat.

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    4. Good.. Some people won't just respect themselves cos they're old.. abeg abeg, respect is reciprocal

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  15. Corruption is when you take what does not belong to you. Why would Prof take a seat allocated to another person? I would do same if i were in his shoes.

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    1. God bless you. This age thing is causing a lot of nonsense in this country. I paid for something so it should be my prerogative to give it out or keep it. Giving out freely is different from taking it by force and trying to oppress me to give it off. Prof just went there and sat down. It's different from the young man seeing him standing and ignoring him. As an elder, I too should conduct myself accordingly. I will gladly give away my seat to a pregnant or elderly person who's standing but don't just try to take it from me by force.

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    2. God bless you. People keep saying young ones should respect adults (which is good) but an adult too should respect himself and also young ones by not infringing on the rights of the young ones. Everyone deserves to be respected even a 2yr old abeg.

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    3. Thank u anon 10:40. So the old cannot respect the young?? Respect is reciprocal.

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  16. It is shameful , you can let the person know its your seat but still give it up to them. Same thing happened to me in my last week flight to abuja , i gave up the seat (window side) and it was obvious its the man first time on a plane , i was happy with myself i must confess , looking at his reaction while seeing everything from the window was fulfilling

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    1. That's you.. He did nothing wrong please..

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  17. There is nothing like respect or no respect here. Why should a prof sit on another person seat in the first place??? I am a woman of principle and I go by it. If prof was kind enough to ask the young blood do you mind if we exchange seat, I will like to seat at window,but no he didn't ask.here you are with your news calling this young man disrespectful cos he asked to sit on his own seat. Haba Nigerians fear God. This has nothing to do respect.

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    1. Three days ago I was coming back from work on the train. Two young ladies got on the train, a gentleman was sitting to opposite me and two vacant seat on opposite sides. One sat next to me, the other sat next to the guy. She kindly asked the guy if he will swap which he did immediately. I would do that as well cos it's been done to me. If professor went to his seat first and later asked kindly I'm sure the young man will get up for him.
      We are our problems in Nigeria and that's why nothing works.

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  18. Nothing wrong in what he did,long as he did not speak rudely.Wole Soyinka had a seat number and should have sat on his seat until he clarified if the young man didn't mind switching seats.Lers stop attaching respect to things that require common sense.

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  19. hypocrites everywhere if na the boy do wetin prof do the same human go write crap




    #GOAT™

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  20. We all know that when booking your flight, you get to pick your sit and most of us like taking the seat by the window because of the view. Apparently, that was the case of the young man so, I don't see what's wrong with him asking Prof. Wole to stand up from his seat.
    Respect isn't by age. It is earned.
    If the Prof had sat down on the seat assigned to him, we won't be hearing this story.

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  21. sorry to deviate.
    My question now is : Stellz you are in the abroad and you still mentioned when abroad. ehhh is there abroad inside abroad?
    i don't understand biko
    nobody should laugh ooo
    somebody should educate me
    thank you😊

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    1. SDK is a German by marriage and Germany is her resident
      Guess she traveled out of Germany, may be Italy is France

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    2. She travelled out of the country she resides to another Country. Probably France. Because, I heard her mention Paris last week or there about.

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    3. Favour Megan, Nigeria will also be abroad in the case of Stella. Traveling outside your country of residence is regarded as traveling abroad.

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  22. Nigerians tire me with their holier than thou attitude. What exactly did the guy do wrong here? Do you know if he paid more to get that window seat? Seats on a plane are allocated for a reason. If the prof wanted a window seat, he should have requested for one. The bus argument is very weak Stella because 1). It’s for health and safety reasons 2). You are standing up for someone without a seat, not someone who already has one but would rather bully you out of yours.

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  23. We all know that when booking your flight, you get to pick your sit and most of us like taking the seat by the window because of the view. Apparently, that was the case of the young man so, I don't see what's wrong with him asking Prof. Wole to stand up from his seat.
    Respect isn't by age. It is earned.
    If the Prof had sat down on the seat assigned to him, we won't be hearing this story.

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  24. Respect is reciprocal, I paid, you paid, no matter who are, don't take my seat, go n sit on d one allotted to you, I will also request that u vacate my seat, its different from giving up seat for an elder if there's no vacant seat.

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    1. You get!!!

      Except the guy was rude, i don't think what he did was bad.... That's why the Prof got up!! I mean, why seat on someone else's sit and talking about respect?? I don't get it y'all!!


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    2. Thank you abeg. These blog people, always forming holier than thou.

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  25. Imagine excusing this madness on a plane? And using bus analogies are unintelligent at best because specific seats are not paid for and there are designated areas for pregnant women and old people. People check in online and even pay extra for specific seats, and abroad Wole Soyinka and everyone defending him would never do such a thing or risk getting booted off or even asked to pay a fine. When Soyinka was a professor abroad he had teenage students calling him by his name and he called his own professors by name that have all gone off to change the world positively, yet in Nigeria he has no issues using his age to bully. And we wonder where our fake respect has gotten us, even where it’s wrong. There’s no way that the boy is wrong, and imagine the writer describing the boys tattoo and outfit meaning we’re supposed to judge him for that? Our education and value system is lower than low. If you don’t see how this is a serious problem, you are part of the problem. Sometimes maturity is about being angry not letting things go

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    1. I tire Ooooh!!

      Professor should have chosen the window seat if he likes that side.... I think it's this writer trying to blow things out of proportion sha!!

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    2. God bless you anonymous 11:06, the guy paid for a particular seat πŸ’Ί and its his right to sit on that seat.

      It is quite shameful that people are even calling the young man names.
      They have totally lost it in Nigeria

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    3. Well said. Using bus analogy is indeed WRONG as the two are completely different. You either choose your seat or the airline will allocate a seat to you while on the bus, the seats are not allocated instead a designated space is given for old people and pregnant women.

      Give respect to whom respect is due. Respect is not an entitlement, it is not your right instead it is earned and freely given.

      To go as low as describing the young man's look to buttress this point is indeed uncalled for and unfair.

      He may have even paid for the seat or not. The point is that he made an effort to pick out his seat and then someone, an elder wants to take it away from him. What does he get for asking for something that is rightfully his? guilt trip to allow his elder seat in his seat. I bet if it was in different case, perphas no avaliable seat on a bus or anywhere else, he would stand up for his elder to have a seat. But that is not the case here. They both had seats!!!. He demanded for his seat.

      If there was accident, the insurance company will not pay out the premium to his family members because he was not on his allocated seat even so if he had changed and it was not properly logged into the system by crew. His death will be in vain.

      Mr Wole Soyinka and I say this in humility and with all due respect should not have sat down on that seat. And he should speak up and clear out this issue and render an apology to and on behalf of the young man. He does not deserve all this uproar for insisting on his right.

      He should praise him for it as this is what the youths and people of today should emulate and demand for their right (peacefully) perphas Nigeria as a whole will become a better Country.

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    4. You just summarized everything. Kudos. How can you sit down on someone's seat on a flight? Na wa o.

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  26. The young nigerian that dropped this story is a busy body and idle chatter.
    That was his seat and no disrespect that he asked prof to allow him use his allotted seat.

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    1. 11.06, Mr Tonye Cole cannot be described as young though.

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  27. Encouraging people to take what does not belong to them is part of the problem we have in Nigeria. You people are very big hypocrites.

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  28. For buses where there no particular seats, I agree with getting up for older ones.

    But for flights, assigned seats are clearly stated on the boarding pass. If you want a window seat then you should pay for it. Prof should have been in his allocated seat. It's the same way people will be jumping bank queues because they are older.

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    1. Thank you ehhhhhh!!


      Selective respect!!

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  29. On a serious note I think Prof. was not supposed to sit in a place that's not his. let's be realistic please.

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    1. My dear the thing tire me.
      When an elder behaves like a child,he should be treated as such! What stopped him from siting on his own then when the young man comes then he can nicely ask for a swap.

      Someone even said it was his first time of entering a plane,that was why he wanted to sit close to the window. Look here the first time I entered a flight was December 2018,my sit was close to the window but I never looked out because I was afraid of fallingπŸ˜‚

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  30. Nigerians n hypocrisy. Why didnt another person on the window side of another seat offer their own seat since oga must seat by the window? What if the guy specifically paid to sit by the window bcos he has a phobia for flying n so cant sit by the aisle? Why did oga not just take the sit assigned to him? If not for Nigerian, can he even try that in another country? Since he is an elder, why didnt he just stroll to business class to take any seat of his choice? Na hypocrisy go kee us las las

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    1. Thank you anonymous 11:11, doing the right thing is very difficult with most Nigerians.

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  31. Nigerians need to ask themselves why they are constantly in situations where they are asking victims to show compassion to someone who is wrong. It’s this young man’s day today because Wole Soyinka took what belongs to him, tomorrow it’s a rape victim being asked to forgive, one day it could be you. Bullshit false views of respect

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  32. Trevor Noah will soon use this to mock us “Nigerians angry because man asks asks to sit on his assigned seat that extremely intelligent and exposed Nobel Laureate saw was not his and proceeded to sit on”.

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  33. Giving up your seat is different from this, you get into the plane and you see someone on your seat what do you do? you tell the person that he or she is on your seat. they person choose the seat number because he or she went to sit close to the window. its left for the original owner to allow you sit there or not to sit there.

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  34. I stand to be corrected but I don't think the guy was wrong if he went by it politely. It's a different case if the good professor didn't have a sit at all and the young man refused to offer him his. Respect is reciprocal; the prof shouldn't have sat on someone else's seat. If he so desires a window seat, he should have asked before his boarding pass handed to him but if he's unable to do that, nothing stops him from being on his designated seat until the owner of the window seat comes then negotiate a seat swap with him politely.

    We are Africans and people walk around with all sort of beliefs and superstitions. What if the young man has some superstitious belief about his seat being swapped. Has he thought of how uncomfortable he would be during the flight? We must always respect our elders but elders should learn to stop bullying the younger ones with age aswell.

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  35. The young man did nothing wrong, Prof would have just politely asked to swap seats.if I was d young man in question I would have told the Prof that was my seat and still let him have it not because he is old but because of the respect I personally have for his person.

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  36. Enter your comment...I must say that I love prof so much because of his achievements and I but right should have been done. He knew quite well that the sit isn't his first so the moment he noticed the young boy, he should like oo, ur sit right the boy is willing thensay yes. then he Wil politely asked the boy cause for crying out the sit ws aloted to the boy which is a rule and we all know that frm small we are all taught how to follow rules. the boy ws only following rules

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  37. is he older than Obasanjo? He had being insulting the former president. He should expect such disrespect from younger generation.

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  38. I don't know why you people are always acting up baba should have sit where he was allocated. the Germans you talking about don't go around taking other people space they give it to them there is a very big difference

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  39. I wouldn't have asked him to move, but the young man did nothing wrong.
    Prof should have waited for the owner of the seat to come, then ask if they could switch, definitely that young man would have let him, but no, he sat on someone's seat using age and prof as blackmail not nice abeg

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  40. This is a difficult one.

    On the one hand, it's imperative that everyone accords elderly people with respect and dignity because old age makes people vulnerable and also due to culture. The elderly person doesn't have to be famous or celebrated before they deserve to be treated with respect. WE WILL ALL GET OLD, ALL OF US! (I'M SHOUTING LOL)

    On the other hand, this is a person's seat that they paid for and specifically chose for themselves. They had a right to have the seat that they chose and had to assert their right to get it back when another person took it. The person who took the seat happened to be Professor Wole Soyinka but could have been any old man.

    The demeanor and attitude of the person who wanted their seat back also matters. He has a right to be assertive and even refuse to allow Professor Soyinka to stay in the seat. I didn't read anywhere that he was rude or abusive to Professor Soyinka.

    I had to reclaim my seat once but didn't want any altercation so I spoke to the airline staff and requested that they sort it out, thankfully they did and the person moved. Maybe I'm biased but I hate people taking other people's allocated seats.

    I like Professor Wole Soyinka, never met him but I really respect him.

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  41. The writer painted the young man in a bad light just by the extreme measures he went to give us the physical description of him. He created a picture that would make the guy seem like a gangster, ill-mannered person. If the Prof had asked the guy to switch seats with him and the guy react aggressively and insulting, I would have said he was rude. Prof. boarded a plane and took the seat allocated to someone else. He did not put the other person into consideration when he left the seat allocated to him. The guy was within his right to demand that Prof. vacates his seat. it had absolutely nothing to do with respect. if we talk about respect, then Prof. should have waited for the owner of the seat and ask him properly before occupying said seat. Prof. paid for his seat the same way the young man did. Let's not be biased and force people to inconvenience themselves just because we want to hide under the guise of 'Respect'.

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  42. Nonsense so because he's old he should bully the young man,as if we don't know that Prof Wole was among those that deceived Nigerians in 2015 election.
    Old man indeed.

    Funmi

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  43. That's the kind of education which they imbibe, just to let you know that where the world is outright unknown.
    Teach your child to have respect for elders Chai human feelings are LOST. God will see us through

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  44. The poster is very wrong. Please, you people should stop with this mindset of shutting people down because they want what rightly belongs to them.

    Stella, all over Europe, every bus, trolley, trains and trams have priority seats. They are meant for the elderly πŸ§“πŸ½, sick, nursing mothers, mothers with toddlers (including people that walks with crutches) if perchance you're seated on the seat and one of the aforementioned passengers comes in, the right thing to do is to get up and allow them sit.

    Now, the young man booked a plane and probably ticked the window πŸ’Ί, that seat was his rightful seat and asking the great professor to get up from his seat wasn't in anyway wrong as far as, he did not make any fuss about it.
    Doing things orderly no matter who is involved is very important but, very difficult in Nigeria because most people are hypocrites and do not play by the rules.

    Same thing happened to me when a "black man" tried to take my seat position in a flight, he was traveling with multiple girls and wanted them to be around him. He wasn't even polite about it and I made sure the girl that took my seat exited that seat. They tried to bully me but, I refused to do the wrong and called them to order through the flight attendance.
    Black man problem, always disobeying simple order, but quick to cry out when things do not work in their favour and quick to scream about the shortcomings of the government.

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  45. Enter your comment...shame!!! the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.... wait a second, the old man does not believe in God? woe.......prov 14:1

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  46. Suppose this matter went to court, what will the judge be looking at? Is it age/respect or the rightful owner of the seat? For the prof to have gotten up from the seat showed he acknowledged that the boy was right and might have also admired the boy's courage to speak up; otherwise I am sure one bombastic grammar would have been enough to throw the boy off the seat.

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  47. some behaviour is not ingnorant but demonic

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  48. one day you will become old and be treated based on the same way you treat others in the days of your youth.

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  49. The guy did what he likes cos is his seat and his decision if he want to give it out or not, who doesn't like a nice view? Nobody should judge him cos the seat is his own

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  50. both prof and young man are wrong, prof shouldn't have sat on the young man's sit, it was wrong, the young man should have politely told prof, ah sir this my sit and wait for prof to do the needful, and if prof refuse, just leave him alone, but we humans whether old or young must know our place, some old people from my experience are too entitled, because they are elderly.

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  51. Read thru the comments and no one seems to reason that the Nobel laureate may not even be the one that booked the flight. I am privileged to work in the protocol Dept of a big establishment. VIPs are travels are taken care of 100%, even the visa and check in process. The Prof may not even be aware of his seat. At the point of boarding, the air hosts should have directed him properly. Stop blaming the prof. As for me, I will be so proud to give up my seat for a living legend. From the comments, it is so obvious people don't know about VIPs movement

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    2. That is such a BLOODY lie. So no boarding pass was issued?! You need a boarding pass to GET ON the plane and a boarding pass WILL HAVE your allocated seat. Stop being ignorant.

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    3. Another ignorant one, claiming to know about airplane VIPs movement.

      Nobody enters an airplane without a printed or electronic scanned body pass (especially not in this age of bombs attacks and plane hijackers)
      Your seat number is always written boldly on it.

      Please, just stop.

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    4. O si na o VIP movement.

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  52. A similar story went around SM yesterday. This was between a man and a woman. The woman was sitting on the man's seat. When the man asked her to stand up, she became rude. Most comments I read where supporting the man saying he had the right to tell the woman to stand up. So pls what is the difference here? Remember this is plane not bus. The man was right to ask for his seat (he could have even paid extra money for the seat). The only wrong he could have done was if he was rude. We should learn to speak up when necessary, pls!.

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  53. Chai! This post, see epistles! And on a Monday. Anyhoo Ayam henjoying the well laid out arguments. Hope I can read all.....

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  54. If I were the professor, I wouldn't have sit in someone's allocated seat in the first place,I will rather dialogue to ask for his consent.
    Learned individuals teach by words and actions.

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  55. Wonders never end,don't blame the person for asking for what was his rightfully allocated sit,after all he paid for it at that particular point of time.

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  56. We like making issues out of nothing in Nigeria. There's nothing insulting about someone asking for the seat he was alloted!

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  57. If I was the guy, on sighting baba, l will be starstruck, and quietly take the opened seat.
    Either by writing or during our conversation if any happened l will let baba know he took my seat, but as a sign of respect l didn't blink about it.
    And that will earn you more respect from him.
    Blame the crew attendants on this one, not the guy nor baba.

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  58. I thought the commercial aviation industry required that you sit in the seat assigned to you. Don't they keep a manifest with all the passengers and their seats on file. The young man did the right thing on insisting to occupy the seat he chose. This is not about respecting elders it is about abiding by the rules of law on a flight. Why did this notable man even choose to sit in someone else's seat when he was assigned one of his own? Seniors should not flaunt the law or good manners just because they are elders, laws apply to every age group, and everyone needs to abide by the rules of the land. He should never had shared this story because it makes him appear entitled. A drop of humility is a good thing.

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  59. Enter your comment...we don't have a respectful culture in Nigeria, it started with our leaders, when a younger person gets to a higher office he or she will easily forget the people under,all he/she will be after is money and more position not even trying to have a good name

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  60. In future , please let all sit on there allotted seats, so that this type of debate wouldn't need to come up at all thanks.

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  61. The young man doesnt like soyinka obviously.

    I would do the same to any fucking politician I see on my seat. Fuck them

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  62. hard to judge,cause I never enter a plain before.

    but inside Lagos danfo.I can give anybody my sit as long as I will reach my destination.
    gbam

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  63. So I ask - if you have only N1000 and you need it to attend to a desperately I'll or hungry loved one, would you give that money to an older person who doesn't really need it,just to show respect? If your answer is No, then you have no right to bash this young man. You see, that window seat was his, and it must have been important to him for whatever reason to seat by the window. He was not obliged to give up that seat as a sign of respect. I actually think it was disrespectful of Prof to take a seat that wasn't his, and he wouldn't have done this if it was an entirely foreign, caucasian-filled flight

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  64. I can only speak for myself, if I was the young man I would have allowed him to sit on my chair, but I think he should have stayed in the sit assigned to him. I wonder if it was an international flight if he wouldn’t stay In his right chair. Nigerians are too sentiment, the young man was not wrong he just requested to take what rightfully belonged to him.

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  65. What kind of nonsense talk is this? People are allocated seats and the boy in question was the rightful owner of the seat. The Prof should have at least sat in his own seat and when the boy comes he politely asks if they can swap seats. Kini big deal. Africans and their 'elders mentality'. Even this prof wey go don radical when e young go do pass as the boy do. Abeg, abeg, abeg. Sit on the seat allocated to you, if you don't want to be insulted, period!

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  66. Enter your comment...if it was a uniformed officer dat occupied d seat,none ll hear dis story, d rights of every Nigerian youth has bn infringed upon since time immemorial,ordering prof out his seat is fighting for his right lol.D dude z just stubborn.

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  67. This guy is not wrong. Because I can change my seat for an elderly person doesn’t mean someone else should do same.How the young man was approached matters. I don’t understand why this a big deal.

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  68. Tonye Cole, May the good Lord remember your sins for judging an innocent hard working Man that paid for his ticket jejely on his own. Proffessor is a frequent traveller and he is well aware of the rules. Why can't he sit on his alloted seat. Stop harrasing innocent people.

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  69. Stella you are off point here. Plane different from bus and train. I know well that that young man would have given up his seat gladly to Wole. I was not there but I can tell you that wole was the disrespectful one in this matter with the way he would have treated that chap with the audacity of do you know who I am? He won't try it here in the US to any kid for sure and go Scot free trust me on this one.

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