The son of Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka has weighed in on the debate about whether or not his father ought to have been pressured to transfer from an aeroplane’s window seat by a a great deal younger man.
The incident encouraged a great deal of social media commentary earlier this week as some interpreted it as the youth of Nigeria standing up for on their own. It commenced to choose on a metaphorical edge as it was noticed as a microcosm of Nigeria right now.
It appears that Soyinka, 84, mistakenly sat in the window seat and was later on instructed to shift by the man or woman who experienced been assigned the seat. A close by passenger relayed the incident on Instagram.
Now Soyinka’s son, Olaokun Soyinka, has written a letter to consider problem with the “social media warriors” who have congratulated the young person who built the Nobel Laureate move.
“Do our on the internet youths see it as a badge of honour to avoid the courtesies that we see typically prolonged to our elders?” he asks.
Providing up a area for an older individual is not only convention but frequent feeling, he adds, as we will all be outdated 1 day.
Then relating how his father fought for the democratic legal rights of Nigerians Olaokun Soyinka claims “regard for our senior citizens is also about background”.
So my elderly father mistakenly sat in the mistaken plane seat, & moved when asked.
It was a non-occasion right until Mr Tonye Cole did an Instagram submit about respect.
I believed I would create to Mr Cole & share a memory about WS & an airline drama when he was proven good respect in truth. pic.twitter.com/Ix1VtkgOuy
— Olaokun Soyinka (@olaokun_s) June 26, 2019