He was warm, friendly and carried no airs.
He didn’t show any sign that he just lost a “guber” election.
Around 4am as I got up to use the rest room, he looked up, smiled politely and said in perfect Ibadan Yoruba, “E ku oko o”.
The greeting took me by surprise; I am not sure I had heard this type of typically Ibadan greeting since I left the ancient city in 1977; certainly not at 40, 000 feet in the air, in the bowel of a Virgin aircraft.
Now how do I translate, “E ku oko o”? The closest to it is simply one passenger extending courtesy to another; its too tough for me to translate!
I think he loved this as his broad face collapsed into an appreciative grin! (I was tempted to pronounce Excellency as “Ekshellenshy” but worried I might go too far!)
…Akinwunmi is the CEO and Founder of Orima Garmet Group and the former Chairman of Advertisers Practitioner Council of Nigeria, APCON