Trump’s election: Soyinka may destroy American green card January 20

Wole Soyinka
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Wole Soyinka Photo: dailytimes.com.ng

Two days after the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has hinted that he could implement his decision to tear his American green card.

Mr. Soyinka had said he would cut his card if Mr. Trump triumphs over his major challenger and candidate of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, in the November 8 election.

“The moment they announce his [Trump’s] victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” Mr. Soyinka told a gathering at Oxford University.

The comments immediately went viral on the internet.

As soon as it became clear that Mr. Trump had won the elections, many across the world began trolling the professor, with some propagating humour that he had denied making the promise.

But Mr. Soyinka came out on Thursday to clarify the status of his promise.

The professor hinted to The Interview newsmagazine that he could fulfil his promise on January 20 as soon as Mr. Trump is sworn in.donald-trump-2

“Come January 20, 2017; watch my WOLEXIT! (Donald Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017),” the Interview quoted Mr. Soyinka as saying.

He, however, did not clarify what WOLEXIT really meant.

The green card is a permanent residence permit issued by the United States, and is highly sought by Africans. If Mr. Soyinka destroys his, he could be denied entry into the United States, despite his status.

The magazine also said Mr. Soyinka disclosed when the possibility of Mr. Trump’s victory hit him, adding that he took some premium coffee to keep himself energised.

“As Election Day approached, the spectre became near palpable. I refused to switch on the television this morning until I had stiffened myself with a strong espresso,” Mr. Soyinka said. “I felt disaster in my marrow.”

The Nobel Laureate has been advised on the Internet to tear his green card on video, but it is not immediately clear if he would take the challenge.


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  • B. Messi

    “THE MOMENT they ANNOUNCE his victory, I WILL CUT my green card myself and start packing up,”

    “COME January 20, 2017; watch my WOLEXIT”

    For a Nobel Laureate in Literature to now equate ‘THE MOMENT THEY ANNOUNCE’ with ‘COME JANUARY 20, 2017’, is worrisome!
    His integrity has turned out to be like that of ‘mai gaskiya’; PAPER INTEGRITY.

    Oga, his(trump) victory has been announced..CUT THE CARD NOW AND GO ENJOY APC ‘CHANGE’ AT HOME!

    DiaRiss God oooooo!

    • 20000andrewy

      .Messi:

      Wole Soyinka is a comedian, like Baba Suwe. He sees grand treason in free and fair election.

      But he sees nothing wrong in electing a half-literate BUHARI who can’t show a basic Wasc/Gce.

      Hypocrisy so nauseous, so frowzy with cant, says all there is to know why Nigeria is in recession.

  • Charles

    Poor African, he can’t keep his word, his word means nothing to him, then he is more disgusting than Trump. Fela call them Animals on suits.

    • I just dey ask

      @disqus_4OC5pf9T3n:disqus

      This Wole Soyinka get sense at all?
      Who dem beat; who body dey pain? If Wole Soyinka throw all him own pants and
      singlets inside the ocean and throway all his books, chairs and tables inside
      America for say TRUMP win election free and fair, weytin make Hilary Clinton husband
      come do now? I just dey ask.

  • Decimator

    Who really cares what Soyinka does with his Green card and when, after selling his had earned reputation to help create a mess in Nigeria by electing illiteracy and Tyranny into governance? He can also burn the Green card to stay at home and help clean
    the mess he helped to create.

    Is it not an embarrassment to Soyinka in particular and the Nigerian Nation in general that a man of his setting is at his present age seeking or even possesses the green card of another country (America) in the first place?

  • Paul Graham

    #RASHDECISION!

  • vagabonds in power

    Forget about Soyinka–the man is gradually becoming like somebody with advanced brain tumor–he will soon lose his global respect—yearns to behave like a white man–what has he been able to do about the failed government of Buhari that Obasanjo and Obama ati Clinton helped them to install in aso rock—

  • thusspokez

    Two days after the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has hinted that he could implement his decision to tear his American green card.

    He may…; he could… Who gives a damn? Cutting up his green card wouldn’t have any effect on anyone including himself as long as the US government don’t withdraw it. So, so what? He can always report it damaged or lost,. and like any card, apply for a replacement.

  • Freedom Bini

    Do it in Obasanjo way. Invite the Press and it should be done in the US. If you try that then the rest of your days on earth will be in Jail and you will die in foreign land.

  • truthisreallybitter

    With Trump’s election, God is everywhere turning the counsel of Ahitophel to foolishness. The “wise” are fasting becoming fools, while the “fools” are becoming Wise. What a Great God. His ways are not our ways indeed!