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Mo Abudu shares Email from Wole Soyinka over Plane Incident



It was all over the news yesterday, a young man refused to give up his window seat for Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka in a plane.

The young man had gotten to his seat to find Soyinka there. According to Tonye Cole, who shared the details of the incident, the young man told Soyinka that the seat he was on is his and he wants to sit there.

Well, Cole and a few others, including media mogul Mo Abudu faulted the young man for doing that.

“So so sad. That young man will get what he truly deserves. That is definite!” Mo said as a comment under Cole’s post.

Mo has now taken to Instagram to share an email she received from Soyinka concerning the incident.

“Good morning beautiful people. It’s 6.30am 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.” she said in the Instagram post.

She continued: “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”.

She then went ahead to share the email with Soyinka’s permission. See 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.



  1. Tamuno

    June 26, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Please all these our celeb should rest na.
    Meanwhile, if Prof hadn’t sat on a seat not allocated to him in the first place. We would not have this discuss at all

  2. carol

    June 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

    and u had to share the email as his publicist or what go sit down he knew he was in he wrong hence he left he seat nxaaa…

  3. Miss Afrique

    June 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Smh. All of you who wailed and rained abuse on the muscled man, how do you feel now that Prof Soyinka himself described what happened as a “minor thing” that was swiftly forgotten about??? Talk about drinking panadol for another man’s headache/mourning more than the bereaved. Hiss.

  4. YLTT

    June 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    By force to stay relevant! we didn’t need to see his email to you…whatever! this just reeks of desperation for attention

  5. Precious

    June 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Mo have you really got the right to criticise this young man?
    Will your daughter give up sit knowing or not knowing the identity? if the sit was assigned to her when she boarded, does she know who the prof is? Or not
    The issue with role model, age, and respect goes both ways and I feel this should be left alone

    • T

      June 27, 2019 at 7:22 am


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