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I never exchanged words or contact with the young man on the plane – Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, activist and public affairs commentator Prof  Wole Soyinka has confirmed that the trending story of a young man whose seat he vacated on the plane was a minor issue.What’s more, the 84 year old playwright and novelist revealed that he only invited the young man to take his window seat. But never spoke to each other, nor exchanged contacts. Prof Soyinka sent Mo Abudu this message following the hullabaloo on social media:

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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: Hallo Mo, 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. WS

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