Soyinka fulfils his promise by destroying his US green card

Soyinka fulfils his promise by destroying his US green card

Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel prize-winning author, reportedly said on Thursday that he had fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

A while before the concluded US election, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency if Trump emerged as the victor to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.

It was reported that Soyinka said this on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg.

The 82-year-old said “I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,”.

He continued by stating that,  “I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been” – that is his homeland Nigeria.

The poet, novelist and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and has been a regular teacher at US universities including Harvard, Cornell and Yale.

Although he said that he would not discourage others from applying for a green card.

“It’s useful in many ways. I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerian or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it,” he said.

Prof. Soyinka, one of Africa’s famous and brilliant writers and rights activists, was jailed in 1967 for 22 months during Nigeria’s Civil War.

 

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