Today, I had a chance encounter with Wole Soyinka. In my usual way when I get to meet famous people, I nodded at him in greeting and allowed him have his privacy.

It was difficult not to ask for a picture, but I never do, except my wife intercedes.

When I was in primary school I read an article on the struggle celebrities have with enjoying a regular day. Everyone feels entitled to their time and space. If they react in ways to help shield themselves, they are judged harshly. Since that day, I have respected the time and space of famous people I meet.

I always get a response to my nod in the most subtle – “I see you and I acknowledge you.”

I am thankful for famous people that sacrifice so much to be role models for people they do not even know.

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