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If Trump wins US election, I’ll destroy my green card, says Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said he would destroy his green card if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.


Soyinka said this on Wednesday while giving a speech to students of Oxford University, England, reports the Guardian UK.

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“If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.

“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” said Soyinka, who is scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.

The internationally-acclaimed playwright and poet described Britain’s decision to exit the European Union as a “ridiculous decision”.

He said: “What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us … It has happened before. We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here.

“It’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”

Soyinka also informed the students that the torch of African literature is being carried by the younger generation.

“I think we of the older are getting a little bit tired, and I think our production gets thinner and thinner. But fortunately, it doesn’t worry any of us, as far as I know, because the body of literature that is coming out [is] varied and liberated.

“African literature suffered from some kind of ideological spasm in which the younger generation was bombarded by a sense of ideological duty, in other words it was bombarded with a very simplistic notion by leftist radical writers, very reformative revolutionary thinkers, that all literature is ideological and therefore writers must ensure that their writing illustrates progressive ideologies.”

8 Comments on If Trump wins US election, I’ll destroy my green card, says Soyinka

  1. lolllz omolomo ,nasooo we get naaa in africa ,we neva settle fr d less


  2. Baba don’t do that


  3. But i don’t think Donald will win self


  4. So Mr Soyinka ran away to the United States after helping to install Mr Buhari on Nigeria. Now, I have to wish Mr Trump victory so that Soyinka could destroy his Green card and return to enjoy the Nigeria he had helped to ”change’ from N 197:$1 to N 475:$1. In the same way, I wish America Mr Trump, the same way they wished Buhari on Nigeria. A dose of rigidity, ignorance, nativism, despotism, and nepotism must be as good for America as it is now for Nigeria.


    • You comment did not reflect any sign that you are an educated person at all. Even though are blind, are you not listening to the news and how much have been looted when your “mumu” President was in office. Please always think very well before you pass any comment next time. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.


  5. It’s down to the Americans to choose whoever they want as their president not to Soyinka or any other non American


  6. Yoruba yeye. He can only make mouth in public of what he cannot do! As for Trump, he cannot do such things because he has no such powers, it has to be decided by the house.


  7. Eludoyin O. Oladayo // November 4, 2016 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    Electing Trump as president means that those who believe in his idiosyncrasies are more than those who don’t. The dangerous position may make them pliable in the hands of Trump. In other words, Trump’s policies may always find easy passage at the assembly, especially when Mr. Trump has become an ally of the East.


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