Wole Soyinka Tosin Odunfa and Mannittawiw full story – Following the story shared by Business man Arch. Tonye Cole about a man who allegedly disrespected Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka on a Plane, an impostor, Tosin Odunfa took to the media to assume responsibility.
See how he was uncovered and what happened afterwards.
How Wole Soyinka was Disrespected on board a Plane – Tonye Cole
The whole social media drama started when former Rivers State Gubernatorial aspirant and Business man, Tonye Cole took to the Internet to decry the lack of respect for elders by Nigerian Youth citing an incident that happened while he boarded same flight with Wole Soyinka.
See Tonye Cole’s post about how Soyinka was disrespected below:
Tonye Cole said Mr Wole Soyinka got on the plane and took the window seat. When the young man assigned the seat boarded, he insisted Mr Soyinka leaves his seat. Others on the plane, including the crew members, begged the young man to let the Nobel Laureate have his seat. But the man insisted on sitting where he was assigned
As shared on Instagram:
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@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!
Nigerians React To Wole Soyinka’s Incident
As expected, Nigerians took to the social media to air their views. Most persons took sides with the unknown Young man while others help up the flag with Arch. Tonye Cole.
You can still share your views on the comment section…LOL
Tosin Odunfa Claims Responsibility
In the early hours of Tuesday, June 25, 2019, a young reporter identified as Tosin Odunfa took to Tonye Cole’s Instagram post to drop a wowing comment.
He claimed to be the Young man who appeared to ‘disrespect’ Wole Soyinka and stated why he did it.
I am the young guy! Yes the one in question with a baseball cap and t-shirt. I am unashamed to be at the prime of my youth infact I blushed a little bit after reading your decription of my chest and muscles. Is thanks to strong discipline that I live a fit life and I am able to go to the gym on my tight schedule.
Prof didnt mind getting up and infact he confided in me as we chatted later on the flight that he would have done the same and that he was more embarrassed by the undue attention. Prof and I actually have a few things in common, we are both in academia, I have a PhD in electrical engineering and teach nano electromagnetic theory at the University of Mannittawiw. He said to me that he thinks that Nigerian youth need to stand up more for themselves than we do and he spoke to me about the ideals they tried to promote when he cofounded a secret society in his youth.
I have read up on him now and know for sure that Wole Soyinka is a great man but I sadly was not taught about him in school. We exchanged contact information and I will certainly stay in touch.
Please note that I am on the Autism spectrum and need the view from the window to keep me from getting sick on the plane hence my insisting on taking the window seat. Finally, Brother Tonye the words on your lap are very inspiring “Everything you want is on the other side of not giving up.