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“I don’t operate in the social media” – Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that he does not live his life on the social media and thus does not ‘operate in the social media.’

Wole Soyinka made the remarks in an email he sent to TV Producer, Filmmaker, Talk Show Hostess, Media Entrepreneur and Human Resource Management Consultant, Mo Abudu, with regards to the trending gist on social media on how he mistakenly took up the flight seat of a guy on a flight and how the guy in question asked Prof. Wole Soyinka to vacate his allotted seat on that flight.

After the incident, the guy whose seat was mistakenly taken but later vacated by Wole Soyinka had allegedly said that he exchanged contacts with Prof. Wole Soyinka, though the professor has said that he did note exchange contacts with the man neither did he speak with him “beyond inviting him to take his allotted seat.”

Further in the email, Wole Soyinka expressed worries over the menace of stolen identities, which he said had taken on “very strange dimensions and has become a source of worry.”

The email, which was posted on the verified Instagram page of  @moabudu with the permission of Professor Wole Soyinka reads:

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.”

The email by Wole Soyinka posted by Mo Abudu on her verified Instagram page, @moabudu.