The Wole Soyinka ”airplane seat” saga, Mama Burna, fresh rape allegation against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo – Here’s everything that happened this week

This week was a rollercoaster of buzzy stories, from politics to pop culture and while we routinely reported each of these stories from our YNaija desk, here’s a roundup of everything that went down in the past six days and are still trending today:

Aircraft seat saga with Tonye Cole, Wole Soyinka and a ”muscled, tattooed,” young man

One of the buzziest stories this week was billionaire politician narrating what he saw on an aircraft recently – a young man with muscles and tattooes ”disrespected” Wole Soyinka by asking back his allotted window seat, which the Noble laureate unknowingly sat on. It generated a massive and feverish conversation online about the entitlement of older, elderly Nigerians and their dismissiveness of young people.



And the memes…


Busola Dakolo reveals how Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA raped her on Y!TV interview

This was the story of the week, turning social media into a raging, whirring vortex of opinions. Celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo gave a heartbreaking revelation of being raped twice by pastor Fatoyinbo, who already has a litany of rape allegations.


Burna Boy’s mum’s acceptance speech at the 2019 BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in California, saw Afro-fusion artiste Burna Boy winning Best International Act, joining other artistes like Wizkid, Davido, and 2Face who have previously clinched the awards. Twitter is still buzzing from the acceptance speech rendered by Burna Boy’s mum, or Mama Burna, which was an opportunity to remind African Americans that they are Africans first. Well, good luck with that.


Onemola rejects appointment as Lawan’s media aide

Olu Onemola, who was appointed Special Assistant on New Media by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has rejected the appointment. He announced his decision in a statement on Sunday. Onemola’s appointment was announced in a letter from the Senate President to the Clerk to the National Assembly on Monday.

Super Eagles beat Guinea 1-0 in #AFCON2019, qualify for round of 16

Following Super Eagles getting knocked out from the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France, the Super Eagles emerged as the first team to qualify for the Round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Eagles beat the Syli Nationale of Guinea by a lone goal to zoom into the round of 16 with a game to spare. Kenneth Omeruo got the only goal for Nigeria as he nodded in a cross from Moses Simon in the 73rd minute. The Eagles’ victory also got a congratulatory tweet from Atiku Abubakar.


New Senate President Ahmed Lawan says his monthly salary is N745,000, ridiculous right?

Buhari’s second tenure has newly-elected politicians seemingly running with excited steam. Case in point Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whose regime markedly kicked off with LASTMA imposing new rules and penalty for those who flout traffic laws. Accordingly, the new Senate President Ahmed Lawan, perhaps in a bid to show transparency and lead by example, recently revealed during a Senators’ Forum on Tuesday that he takes home N745,000 monthly. Uhm, what about the allowances? Prof Itse Sagay had something to say. See next story.

Senators’ monthly pay is N15m, Sagay replies Lawan

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), asked Senate President Ahmed Lawan to stop misleading Nigerians, adding that senators earn N15m monthly and not N750,000 as claimed by the Senate President. Lawan had said on Tuesday that there was no such thing as ‘jumbo pay’, adding that he earns N750,000 as salary. LOL.

Ibikunle Amosun hands over 1000 AK 47 rifles to the police

Former governor of Ondo Ibikunle Amosun handed over 1000 AK 47 rifles and bullets to the police, just before the 2019 general elections. According to him, it was for the ”protection of the state” but thought this unnecessary hoarding of firearms was ridiculous.

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