Reactions have been popping up around the world on social media and off by the action of the young Nigerian who asked the laureate prof. Wole Soyinka to kindly move from his allocated seat. The whole issue was brought to limelight when the founder of the Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative took to his twitter handle. The Mentor & Biker who believes impossible is nothing twitted as follows: “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!
Some people believe the young man exercised his right. Backing their argument by asking, if it were in the western world, would Prof. had sat on a seat not allocated to him? Adding that Prof. should have respected himself by sitting in his designated seat and stop testing respect by tempting the younger fellow for it might attract what low minds call disrespect. Another school of thought had a different view insisted that the young man could have been cultured enough to show respect to his elders and not ask the laureate prof. Wole Soyinka to move from his seat.
I think it’s just a conflict between morals and culture and we should be mindful in bringing African mentality into global standard, “but we are Africans yea?”
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