This week, everyone on Nigerian social media was talking about morals, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, bravery, money, power, the future of Nigeria among other things fuelled by a story that was shared by Tonye Cole, a Nigerian businessman and politician.
Tonye Cole took to instagram to share the story of how a young man asked Professor Wole Soyinka to get off his window seat on a plane. Read the full gist below.
Nigerian billionaire politician, Tonye Cole , shares his flight experience about a young man who 'disrespected' professor Wole Soyinka by asking for his allotted seat which the prof sat on. pic.twitter.com/JZjfG7Xxx0
— Viral Trendz (@TheViralTrendz) June 24, 2019Advertisement
Can Wole Soyinka try this abroad? Would he have sat in a seat not allocated to him? Even the Tonye cole that is talking? They only remember twisted ‘respect’ when they’re inside rotten Nigeria. https://t.co/RVyIw2axPX
— Y’nks (@Yxclusive) June 24, 2019
prolly how the convo went
Guy: Sorry, that's my seat (not really asking him to move)
Wole Soyinka: oh sorry, I….
Tonye Cole/others: Don't you have respect? Go and look for another seat.
G: it's my seat, I paid for it
TC/O: don't u have elders?
WS: it's fine, I'll move
— Doc C (@tweetMOPOL) June 24, 2019
Not sure any of you can respect Wole Soyinka more than I actually do but on this one, the young man was absolutely right and I can bet a month's salary on it that if we ask Wole Soyinka about this encounter, he will tell you the young man was right.
Tonye Cole should rest!
— Uncle Demola (@OmoGbajaBiamila) June 24, 2019
I kinda sorta think Tonye Cole was right. There are social rules in a society and getting up for the elderly is one in our society! Adding to that is disabled people, pregnant women, and women with small babies. You get up for them. Most society have these kinda rules!
— Temie Giwa-Tubosun (@temite) June 24, 2019
Tonye Cole slander
Observe how Tonye Cole profiled the young man asking for his seat as irresponsible cos of a t-shirt and tattoos.
A lot of us are just SARS officers without guns.
— Mazi Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) June 24, 2019
Imagine Tonye Cole that Refused to step down for senator Abe as Rivers state governorship aspirant complaining about a guy standing up to his rights!!
Hypocrisy at its peak. pic.twitter.com/9d0ETy2yLG
— Port-Harcourt Plug🔌💡 (@PH_Prinx) June 24, 2019
Tonye Cole is asking for respect on behalf of Prof Soyinka?
Quite rich cos he was disrespecting his wife with Kenya Moore but who am I to drag the hypocrisy???
— Ọkala Mmụọ ™ (@ThatTemple) June 24, 2019
Lmao all I’ve learned is that Tonye Cole (whoever he is), does not have sense
— KEANU TREES 💨 (@ManicFeminist) June 24, 2019
To think Tonye Cole wanted to be a Governor. L. O. L.
— Mr Boro (@iamMrBoro) June 24, 2019
Mo Abudu too
Did you notice her comment on Tonye Cole’s post?
That must be sarcasm from Mo Abudu cos LOL 🙄
— Focus! (@JustinWaterLake) June 24, 2019
Mo Abudu's comment is very unfortunate. What kind of stupid blackmail is that. "He will get what he deserves".This selective karma that you people use to blackmail fools don't work on everybody. If the karma were real, y'all would have been wiped out long ago. Bullshit
— Catalyst (@Dude_myster) June 24, 2019
Mo Abudu was recently announced as the Chair Of the 47th International Emmy Awards, but y'all did not make her trend…its this Soyinka's case you'll feed on
— Olori Amara 👑 (@Marachiee) June 24, 2019
MO Abudu fall my hand… What does the young man 'Truly deserve' that he will definitely get!?!
Because he demanded what he paid for?!?
Nigeria no go better ooo. Even Kate Henshaw…
— I Stan Teni 🍥 (@Suave_Sultan1) June 24, 2019
Then we saw this…
You see you people pic.twitter.com/lfpsRmsXRd
— mamita (@AbeBey__) June 24, 2019
Simply put, the Tosin Odunfa guy is just stupid. He would have left the seat for Wizkid/Davido. Bottom line, our youths have great interest in misplaced priorities. HE just missed an opportunity to discuss with a great man regardless of whatever #wolesoyinka
— XrisX (@segun_olodun) June 25, 2019
I don’t understand why a grown man will claim to be somebody else.
Tosin Odunfa Na wa
— Jommie (@jommie_forever) June 24, 2019
Meet Tosin Odunfa, The Young Man Who Demanded That Professor #WoleSoyinka Stands Up From His Seat In A Flight.
— PeculiarTV Online (@peculiarTV) June 24, 2019
“Tosin Odunfa, a PhD holder in electrical engineering and lecturer at the University of Mannittawiw.”
Journalism is dead in Nigeria. Where’s University of Mannittawiw, dear Guardian? A quick Google search could’ve shown you’re dealing with an impostor.https://t.co/R3QjOgsoj7
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) June 24, 2019
Wait something is not right about Tosin Odunfa’s story.
Where the hell is University of Mannittawiw 🤷🏿♂️.
Doesn’t exist neither does the town. pic.twitter.com/uGeqyx9AGj
— Joel (@joeloseiga) June 24, 2019
It really was a joke
The real #bobofine's character was assassinated without trial. He needed a fall guy and I volunteered through #Satire and I created a #PlausibleScenario todrive home my point. #JeSuisBobofine #IamBobofine #YouareBobofine #WeAreAllBobofine #YouthandWomenArise pic.twitter.com/wdTLYWqPDu
— TVTosin (@TosinOdunfa) June 25, 2019
I feel so bad for Soyinka omg. He probably didn't think too much of it, but Tonye Cole carried his gist to Obasanjo's internet and now he's being dragged 😭
— Jagua• (@theneogirl) June 24, 2019
Mo Abudu, Tonye cole and Kate henshaw deciding what Tatoo guy really deserves 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/r1ZXFbZFlV
— Zadd¥_B€£Pharm💊💊🎗💦 (@IndefatigableRx) June 24, 2019
People who collected money from Tonye Cole during the elections can’t join the banter 😭 #WoleSoyinkaGate
— Ada Campbell (@Adacampbell) June 24, 2019
Uncle Tonye Cole took that picture from the comfort of his own window seat.
— M. (@lahmind) June 24, 2019
Here’s how Prof. Wole Soyinka’s son reacted to the matter
So my elderly father mistakenly sat in the wrong airplane seat, & moved when asked.
It was a non-event until Mr Tonye Cole did an Instagram post about respect.
I thought I'd write to Mr Cole & share a memory about WS & an airline drama when he was shown great respect indeed. pic.twitter.com/Ix1VtkgOuy
— Olaokun Soyinka (@olaokun_s) June 26, 2019
Read more reactions here.
“Who are you?”
During an interview with France24‘s Catherine Nicholson, and while speaking about his country’s human rights records, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said in many words that the West doesn’t have the right to dictate what qualifies for unversal human rights.
Watch an excerpt of the interview below.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame explaining why the West can’t dictate what qualify for universal human rights:
“When we respect the things we respect in our country, it’s not for you, it’s not for anybody, it’s for ourselves… who are you?” #Africa
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) June 24, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet MY President! 🇷🇼
— Fiona Kamikazi Rutagengwa (@Fiona_Kamikazi) June 24, 2019
I have watched and listened to this Kagame’s video over and over again and just wondering if it was Buhari….this man is so very proud of his human rights abuses pic.twitter.com/ISE1VKPHq3
— SoulJah (@jeffphilips1) June 25, 2019
Kagame is a practical man, there is no more reality than this https://t.co/n9XiF8E1yV
— Murtala Ahmed Hassan (@Ahmedwase) June 24, 2019
'Just ridiculous': #Rwanda's #PaulKagame dismisses EU human rights report.
When caught in his LIES about his WHITE ELEPHANT PROJECTS, Human Rights Violation & OPPOSITION OPPRESSION, Kagame becomes FURIOUS against journalist. "Just ridiculous" & "rubbish" are his only responses! pic.twitter.com/mzndCOMe3B
— MPOZE Theo (@TheoMpoze) June 24, 2019
In most of his interviews President Kagame will mention AFRICA more than he mentions Rwanda. The attack on him is not on an Individual but on Africans as a whole. Focus Africans
— African (@ali_naka) June 25, 2019
Ignore the biased framing of @FRANCE24 interview with @ACatInParis, meant to be a discussion on development, turned into a masterclass on confronting & challenging long-held racist views. No, Africa will not stay in that little box you've created for us.
— Yolande Makolo 🇷🇼 (@YolandeMakolo) June 24, 2019
— Ahmad-Yasin Abdullah (@AhmadYasinAbdu1) June 24, 2019
If this were my dissertation.. ;-)
Who Are You? An in-depth study on an African leader's sole challenge to Western superiority complexes and double standard rhetoric on universal human rights. #WhoAreYouhttps://t.co/2LBwaFaOum#RwOT
— Diana Mpyisi (@curiousrwandan) June 24, 2019
Who are you?
Paul kagame -2019.
— Kiranja (@Mgalatia94) June 26, 2019
Read more reactions here.
Busola Dakolo reveals fresh allegations against COZA pastor
This week, Busola Dakolo, Nigerian photographer and wife of popular Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo revealed some shocking rape allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Senior Pastor and founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly popular known as COZA.
In an interview with YNaijaTV, Busola tells the story of how she was raped by the pastor in her home when she was still a teenager. Watch an excerpt of the interview below.
Timi Dakolo's wife, Busola Dakolo narrates how she was raped by COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
— sploofeek (@sploofeek) June 28, 2019
Watch the full video of the first part of the interview here.
This isn’t the first time someone is accusing the pastor of rape;
Who remembers Ese Walter from 2013 who allegedly was having sexual relationship with Pastor Biodun of COZA —- busola Dakolo. pic.twitter.com/EhDxwvENdL
— Gladys charles🍑 (@Gladyzkim) June 28, 2019
Dear Lord! Thank you for sharing this story Busola Dakolo. You are a strong woman.
— Melanin Goddess 🍫 (@TheLensLady_) June 28, 2019
– Put some protection around Busola Dakolo please.
What she's just done is a high risk act. I hope she stays safe to see some kind of Justice delivered for her and other victims.
— Fontaine. (@TheAlchemist___) June 28, 2019
So COZA pastor raped Timi Dakolo’s wife too? Wow!!!
— Tessyama❤️ (@tescool) June 28, 2019
This confirms everything a friend shared with me concerning COZA. Everyone cannot be lying.
— UNdirty Niger Delta. (@Karibiba) June 28, 2019
Hope we know we need to hear Biodun Fatoyinbo's side before concluding he is a rapist? Audi Alterem Patem
— Upcoming Billionaire (@Oddy4real) June 28, 2019
Busola dakolo speaks on how coza pastor raped her while she was under 18 and well look at some replies from WOMEN. I’m sick. pic.twitter.com/ygnHkDpvUY
— mermaid (@hermosaa_k) June 28, 2019
This is from a fellow woman on the trending issue between COZA Pastor and Busola Dakolo pic.twitter.com/4jrpFC7UDA
— Mrs AK. (@ireteeh) June 28, 2019
Busola dakolo called out Pastor fatoyibo.truth is Pastors are not super humans, they are prone to mistake too , we can not throw away the bath water and the baby together. We need to keep praying for our men of God. He who has no sin should cast the first stone.
— Uhunamure Osazee (@iamtheosazee) June 28, 2019
This COZA, BUSOLA DAKOLO & TIMI DAKOLO issue just proves what we've all been saying. 99% of Pastors in NIGERIA are DEVIL'S IN ANGEL'S ROBE. They're the ones the revelation spoke about. Disgusting pieces of faeces. They should all be arrested and put in jail for their atrocities pic.twitter.com/phewVAysrb
— Gozi Oleks (@GoziOleks__) June 28, 2019
Any one that opens his or her mouth to say why is busola dakolo speaking now?! I pray in the name of Jesus that all your female children will be raped! Since you want to know why she’s speaking now? When they are raped then you’ll know and understand better.
— PURPLE STARBURST ✨💜 (@Yesitsjael) June 28, 2019
I honestly believe that Busola Dakolo has no reason to be lying about what she has shared. In fact, she sadly has more to lose. Anyone who thinks "there's an explanation" or "another side" to this particular story needs to seriously check their personal bias and motives.
— Muyiwa Matuluko (@MuyoSan) June 28, 2019
I sincerely hope the Busola Dakolo Allegations against Pastor Biodun of Coza leads to well structured #MeToo movement in religious side….both Pastors and Catholic Priests.
Do not let your faith in God stop you from seeing the flaws in your religion.
— The Kingmaker🦉 (@SmithVinci) June 28, 2019
COZA members weren’t spared
COZA members preparing to defend their pastor this cold Thursday morning. pic.twitter.com/LHSCzqfWiP
— Madam. (@miss_nwawe) June 28, 2019
I’d like to see COZA folks spin this one. You’re waking up every Sunday for rapist hangout
— T Iroko (@TheIroko) June 28, 2019
If after this, you still choose to go to Coza, something is very wrong with you.
— FK. (@fkabudu) June 28, 2019
I'm waiting for those idiots that want to be unfortunate to come and defend Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA… come out o, let me roast you😠
— Obehi Ilenikhena (@Behioye) June 28, 2019
Read other reactions here.
Burna Boy wins a BET Award
This past Sunday, at the 2019 edition of the BET Awards, Nigerian superstar Burna Boy bagged the Best International Act award.
— BET (@BET) June 24, 2019
Here a few reactions;
Big Congratulations to Man Like @burnaboy on your Well Deserved BET Win!! 🏌️♂️🏌️♂️Bless up
— Don Eazi (@mreazi) June 24, 2019
— Gershon Basis Gh (@LilBasis) June 24, 2019
Congratulations bro .. this was a well deserved award, what a year this is turning out to be.. it was just a matter of time @burnaboy .. Blessings pon blessings 🙏🏾🙏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾 #BETAwards19 pic.twitter.com/yS8cpiEXvN
— Patrick Salvado (@idringp) June 25, 2019
— Zahir Suhail(Baba Riga) (@Zahir_Suhail) June 24, 2019
Everybody loves Mama Burna, well almost everybody
— Edwin Ezeanya (@EdwinEzeanya) June 24, 2019
Mama burna just ended all the diaspora wars. They’re cancelled.
— . (@Wildebee_) June 24, 2019
Meanwhile Mama Burna is being dragged in some sections of Black American Twitter for saying they should recall their African descent whilst accepting Burna's award from BET. Today is not a good one for African elders and their values it seems.
— Bolouere (@boluxxxx) June 24, 2019
I still don't get the hype in what mama Burna said. It's just basic. pic.twitter.com/1SNdqPcqNe
— SympliVictor (@ItsGVictor) June 24, 2019
Find her more about her here;
Mama Burna isn't just a caricature of Nigerian motherhood. She's an academic, a professional, a wife of 29 years and a mother to three children, including her superstar son. All nuances that inform how she moves through the world as a mother and a mentor.. https://t.co/qo7hJDQ5g1
— 'Kayode Adegbola (@kayodea) June 24, 2019
Burna and Stephlondon
Incase you didn’t know, Burna boy is in a relationship with British rapper and singer Stephlondon. Anyway, this happened;
— Viral Trendz (@TheViralTrendz) June 26, 2019
My work here is done 💪
Nne the Brown Cupid pic.twitter.com/u3xJbZufLj
— Nneka (@SheLovesArtemis) June 26, 2019
Burna Boy posted a video of him and Stefflon Don while she was asleep and you people called him a bitch and made him delete it.
Someone is complaining now that he doesn't flaunt her enough on social media.
In this life, live your life o cos you can never satisfy human beings.
— Olumide O.G (@OlumideOG) June 26, 2019
Some Nigerian Babes are mad
See that one writing Epistle to Stefflon Don over Burna boy
Cos to them relationships na war and mind games.
If he doesnt post you dont post him bla bla bla
Shouts to steff for checking that behaviour.
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) June 26, 2019
This is the same Nneka that said "if you say you love me, you owe me money".
There is technique to this art of stupidity and she is Picasso. https://t.co/aI6HXvCorK
— Mazi Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) June 26, 2019
I'm rooting for Burna Boy and Stefflon Don's relationship.
— run away from nigerian women. (@Nosablaq) June 24, 2019
Read more reactions here.
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