Trump: I will destroy my American green card on my own terms — Soyinka

Wole Soyinka
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Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, said on Saturday he still intends to destroy his green card, but won’t be railroaded into fulfilling the promise.

The professor said the media and online critics should let him make good his promise on his own terms and at his convenience, especially since he didn’t make the promise directly to them but under the semblance of his privacy.

“I have been asked several times – interestingly only by the foreign media, with the exception of The Interview – whether indeed I did make such a statement at any time, and whether I still intended to carry it out, and the answer remains a categorical ‘Yes’.”

Mr. Soyinka was reacting to a deluge of disparaging comments directed at him following the emergence of Donald Trump as the newly-elected President of the United States.

The attackers were hanging on a statement Mr. Soyinka made a few days before the American election in which he said he would destroy his green card should Mr. Trump emerge victorious in the 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 last week.

The attackers immediately bailed on the famous social critic, with some speculating that he had allegedly denied making the promise.

Mr. Soyinka first responded on Friday, telling The Interview newsmagazine that the public should watch out for his exit from the United States on or before January 20 when Mr. Trump is expected to be sworn in.

“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.

On Saturday, Mr. Soyinka followed his remarks with a 4,000-word essay laced with his signature vocabularies to affirm his true position on the matter.

The professor described his online critics on the matter as noisome creatures and nattering nitwits.

Mr. Soyinka said many of those attacking him on the Internet would be more reluctant to do so if they really knew he had been negotiating his “relations with both peoples and nations” from his own sovereign entity which he named the “Autonomous Republic of Ijegba.”

He said destroying his documents to enter the United States was similar to measures he’d taking against different countries over the past decade.

Countries including China, Cuba, South Africa and even Australia have been no-go destinations for him due to their different transgressions towards him.

For instance, Mr. Soyinka said he declined going to Australia within the past 15 years because of a stringent visa application policy that the country had towards senior citizens, especially those above the age of 70.

“That application document was highly disrespectful of age and I wondered what kind of mentality had crafted it,” Mr. Soyinka said.

The alleged failure of Chinese government to show remorse for the deadly repression of Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and frequent outbreak of xenophobic attacks in South Africa were the reasons the professor cited for staying away from those countries.

Although he admitted that tearing the green card might be physically exhausting, he, nonetheless, said he will embark on shredding it to fulfil his promise —but only at his convenience.

“But don’t get nervous, or start jumping for joy too soon – the Nigerian passport is just as tough to rip, physically, as is the green card.”

Finally, Mr. Soyinka said he failed to understand why people were so fixated about his decision to destroy a document that belongs to him.

“I simply fail to understand why this has gone beyond a flurry of public commentary and hilarious cartoons, and turned into a masturbatory for some, a vomitory for others, and an epileptic sanatorium for a self-reproducing number,” he said.


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  • Lanre

    The social critic lives in his own bubble of a self-created hubris. America is not Nigeria [where an election gets annulled and the winner gets killed.] They are more civil than the animals who have ruled Nigeria including Babangida and Abacha. Prof. Soyinka, you are a public figure, you made a public statement and there will be public criticism. Destroying your Green Card is your prerogative but as I advised you on Sahara Reporters, America is a democracy where people struggle and fight for their rights. So if Michelle Obama or Amy Klobuchar or Kamala Harris or Tim Kaine becomes the President in 2020, what then happens? You reapply for the green card? Would this not be akin to cutting your nose in order to spite your eyes (not so much your face)?
    Sometimes emotional outbursts can have a way of belittling reasoning.

    • paul irumundomon

      He is a professor, beside that he has no class in America, he can’t even vote.

    • share Idea

      What you said is true of reflection of Nigerian situation. Majority of Nigerians allowed ethnic and emotional coloration to take over them during the last election. All rational reason adduced by today’s wailers for them to see the danger in their actions fell on dear ears, and today, everyone is suffering under the Buhari clueless & directionless administration

      • okenwa

        Propaganda can only work in naija but not in america and afro hair prof is not aware of that. America should do me favour and deport him to nigeria.

  • Kickboxer

    Hahahahaa…. what an imposition of Europeans on poor Nigerians/Africans. Suddenly an averagely intelligent African is elevated in our midst by enemies to prominence and this average African/Nigerian goes out to act “intelligent.” Kai!!

    I just pray that Nigerian youths would take this man as an Europeans court jester that he is

  • bernarddoro

    Just go ahead prof and proof your critics wrong, destroy your greencard and head back to Naija. By the way you contributed in foisting Buhari on Nigeria, come home and enjoy the comfort that PMB has given to Nigerians. People of honour keep to their words! Let your word be your bond. Shikena.

    • Lanre

      Lol. He has said he is relocating to the Autonomous Republic of Ijegba. Don’t ask me where that is, Loool!

  • tunde

    “Be careful of what you wish for next time,professor.”

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    At Wole Soyinka’s age and with his (supposed) exposure, he ought not to be making such recklessly idiotic statements just to play to the gallery.

  • paul irumundomon

    Green card to foreigners, is a privilege not a right. One wonder, what he need America green card for in the first place, keep your house in order, green card will be worthless. With successive bad governments in Nigeria, over the years, this man did not burn his passport.
    America don’t need soyinka, he is on his own, flush it if you want, this statement will be regretted very soon, Americans, take note of peopke’s comments. Some careless statements, has cost young kids, who eventually wants to come to the US, it may sound funny, your social media accounts, play a role, when you do intend to come to the US.

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  • Kamalu

    Mr. Wole Soyinka appear to fancy himself so much being the lone Nobel Laureate on this side of the sphere. That has made his nature autocratic to the extent he abhors divergent views including poking into matters as serious as sovereign nations making free choices about their leaderships. Let’s remind him that the larger implications of eventually tearing or shredding the American Green card means to label American citizens fools for simply making free choices about their leadership. Such posturing and self delusion may potentially render the goodwill available to him to be highly inconsequential.

  • Mr X

    Who in America cares about your status. As a “literal genius” you ought to choose your words carefully and understand the meaning. The reason why you are being attacked is that you should not have made such reckless statement (which you are recently in the habit of making) and when you did, as honourable as you ought to be, you should have carried it out. When Trump wins as you said is different from when Trump is sworn in.

  • delbod

    Those statements were made by the prof out of the belief that Trump can never win the election.But it happened it caught the globe unaware. But just because the statement has been blown out of proportion because of prof status he could not go back on his promise. Many people in America did not believe Trump is going to win the election.
    But it is what it is,this is America,the rule of law must prevail.
    Were it in Africa the election would have been manipulated to favor the ruling party.

    • Arabakpura

      I believe you but it seems like the Americans are beginning to learn the African way by not accepting their processes and elections; the demonstrations! So, if the Americans can demonstrate after elections like they are doing now, then, Wole Soyinka can be pardoned!

      • NoSpinEd

        Only the American lawless Left (20% of the US population) behaves this way when ever they lose an election. There were no riots by the American Right when Obama defeated McCain and Romney.

  • Abidilagungun

    Prof WS I know your threat wa sa product of emotions but thank God fro America…if you are here with us, a prof in a Nigerian university you will be less emotional and more practical because your idol Buhari has messed us all up – salaries aren’t regular and a climate of fear pervades the system because of his goons and you are encouraged by people like Amaechi through whom Rivers State Govt was like your ATM. Go ahead, destroy your green card and come face our reality in your woledom of Ijegba

  • michael

    Mr Soyinka, go ahead and make good your promise and stop this long sermon. What exactly are u doing in America since Mr Buhari came to power since u supported him? You ran away from the mess you created. Pls tear the green card kiakia and come home to enjoy buhari with us. You have fetched an ant infested wood.

  • Richard Cross

    “The moment they announce his [Trump’s] victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,”. Man up Wole and start living by your words. Your high command of the English vocabularies will be highly threatened if you do not know the meaning(s) of “the moment”.

  • Dr. Inih A. Ebong

    The Trump triumph is a beautiful demonstration of democracy in action, the much-talked about ideal form of government. From the primaries to the election, Americans listened to and watched their candidates and finally decided, without violence, who was better suited to lead them. If we, by our utterances and actions, criticize and condemn the emergence of Trump by due democratic process, are we saying that democracy is no longer an acceptable form of government?

  • George

    Yorubas hmmmmmmmmmm wonderful liars and always changing from one side of their mouth to another.

    SHAMEFUL TRIBE

    • Sarah

      Must you be Tribalistic in your comment?
      Really?,!!

      • okenwa

        But that is how you are.

        • Sarah

          Hmm…

        • Mide Akerele

          No wonder you are at the fringes of politics in your homeland. I hope you succeed in breaking away from Nigeria

    • Mide Akerele

      the only tribe that is shameful is the bitter ibo man that will bring tribalism into a normal conversation – you have decency or class George

  • Decimator

    Who really cares what Soyinka does with his Green card and when, after selling his hard 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?

    • okenwa

      The man is nothing but a cow. He lost my respect.

  • Ken

    The man is a fake man! Very deceptive. Who knows and cares for what Soyinka does?

  • Bigtin

    Haba Baba Soyinka!

  • Okey Agugua

    A thorough bred Yoruba man.

    • Mide Akerele

      now its tribalism . wow

  • Atlanta Fella

    Editor Premium Times,

    Wole Soyinka now owes the truth a debt

    Wole Soyinka
    sought to be a hero for the Hilary Clinton’s African supporters but he’s
    repudiated his own common sense in the process. He implicitly denies democracy
    by expressly renouncing the winner. On a scale of evils deserving protest, Wole Soyinka
    here shows crass hypocrisy, by aiding and abetting with a wink and a nod, the genocidal theft
    of 800 billion Naira under the rogue regime of RAJI FASHOLA in Lagos state – an evil of historic
    proportion which Wole Soyinka neither condemns nor upbraids.

    The result is a
    more confused Wole Soyinka who promises a personal ‘Brexit’ to escape Donald
    Trump’s nationalism and find what he supposes is peace in Muhamadu Buhari’s
    illiterate administration where ethics don’t count, and where treasury thefts
    soar to heights un-reached.

    Wole Soyinka now
    owes the truth a debt. He made a pledge in public and owes a duty to
    history to fulfil it in public. All else he’s saying in roundabouts is idle
    talk. An obligation to repudiate America by cutting up his green card ‘the
    moment’ Donald Trump was announced as president of the United States is a
    pledge cast in stone. He was not forced at gunpoint to boast. Now, he must meet
    that pledge without further excuse. He leapt without thinking, as he is wont,
    because it is a disqualifying offence for residency to cut one’s green card
    into bits for any reason. Having publicly pledged to commit that offence,
    Wole Soyinka must commit the offence in public.

    • Atlanta Fella

      Wole Soyinka now
      owes the truth a debt. He made a pledge in public and owes a duty to
      history to fulfil it in public. All else he’s saying in roundabouts is idle
      talk. An obligation to repudiate America by cutting up his green card ‘the
      moment’ Donald Trump was announced as president of the United States is a
      pledge cast in stone. He was not forced at gunpoint to boast. Now, he must meet
      that pledge without further excuse. He leapt without thinking, as he is wont,
      because it is a disqualifying offence for residency to cut one’s green card
      into bits for any reason. Having publicly pledged to commit that offence,
      Wole Soyinka must commit the offence in public.

  • Sir Louis

    When is this man boarding the next available flight to come home to Nigeria? Soyinka was childish and extremely insensitive to have said he would destroy his Green Card if Trump won the US presidency! The declaration was an insult to Americans outside the loquacious, pretentious and corrupt Obama/ Clinton alliance. Who is Soyinka to talk with certainty about who wins the US election? Thankfully, the millions of quiet Americans who hitherto did not bother about who governed but who had become appalled by the damage which immigrants like Soyinka had done to that great nation now decoded to wake up and reclaim their country! Soyinka name and honour is gone if he does not join us here in Nigeria before Christmas to salvage what is left of Nigeria.

  • Enefiok

    Wole no get shame. Arrogant, never admitting to his fault. Naughty old man. Only you use your mouth to say you will tear your Green Card, now the Bobo don win and you dey dillydally and dey speak grammar. What is the relationship between tearing a Green card and English Grammar? This is why you couldn’t complete your PhD in England…because he always REFUSED to be supervised by his PhD supervisor – who incidentally was Professor Green. Old habits die hard. At 86 nobody expects the spots to chabge.

  • breaking’news

    @disqus_d5oQY5RT79:disqus

    Professor Wang is what WOLE SOYINKA cannot be…..

    “SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Among pollsters and
    prognosticators, perhaps none was more certain that Hillary Clinton would be
    elected president last Tuesday than Sam Wang. On his influential website
    Princeton Election Consortium, Dr. Wang, a neuroscientist and professor at
    Princeton University,
    presents statistically sophisticated analyses of
    presidential and congressional campaign polls.

    The weekend before the election, Dr. Wang promised host
    Michael Smerconish on CNN’s “Smerconish” that he would “eat a bug” if
    then-candidate Trump won more than 240 Electoral College votes. As of Saturday,
    President-elect Donald Trump’s count in the Electoral College stood at 290
    (with the winner of Michigan’s 16 and New Hampshire’s 4 electoral votes yet to
    be determined). So, on Saturday, Dr. Wang returned to “Smerconish” to explain
    how he — and most other polling experts — goofed.

    “A lot of people were wrong but nobody else made the promise
    I did,” Wang admitted, before popping a honey-soaked cricket into his mouth as
    Smerconish grinned on a split-screen. “You’re a man of your word,” CNN’s Smerconish
    told Wang.”

  • Uncle Bee

    Professor Wole Soyinka may be shy to admit that Bola Tinubu has been his benefactor since 1999 during which time
    Wole Soyinka shut up on obvious infractions of the law by Bola Tinubu’s false declaration on oath on three (3) material
    and interconnected matters; namely, that he –Bola Tinubu – went to Aroloya primary school, and, went to Government College Ibadana; both false, and as false as the third declaration that he – Bola Tinubu went to Ivy college University of
    Chicago. All through these glaring violations Wole Soyinka shut up. This is the same Wole Soyinka that says he can’t
    even wait a minute for Donald Trump to firstly get sworn in. What hypocrisy!

    • Mide Akerele

      what has this got to do with current discussion?. Tinubu never sponsored Soyinka. whats wrong with you guys?

  • O’ Jose

    Donald Trump blasts President Buhari as a tragedy

    “No sensible president continuously travels round the globe while his
    country, Nigeria, is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen
    in Nigeria where all that matters to the President (Buhari) is the full introduction of
    Islam, annihilation of his political opponents and the absolute extermination of
    the people of [Igbo] the old eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable
    victory at the polls, the president of Nigeria made lots of promises which he
    has obviously failed to keep and in most cases denied.”

    ………….Donald Trump

    (President-elect of U.S.A)

    • Frederick Osai

      @O’Jose:

      Thanks for the post. This is what
      probably took the winds from the sails of Wole Soyinka whom Bola Tinubu’s wing
      of APC relies on to access influence overseas. With President-elect Donald
      Trump expressing disgust at President Buhari, there’s no drop of fuel left in
      Professor Wole Soyinka’s tank in America. Should he stay longer over there he’ll
      be exposed as a non-entity without any traction under the new Sheriff in town in
      America.

    • O’ Jose

      “Look at African countries like Nigeria or Kenya for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and do invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, they only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. Most of these African countries ought to be re-colonised again for another 100 years, because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance.”

      ………….Donald Trump

      (President-elect of U.S.A)

      • NoSpinEd

        Source please.

    • Orly222

      …….My people……it’s not looking good O……Buhari is losing goodwill very fast……
      ….more than he’s gaining it…..and now…after 16 months…..he has negatives ……
      ………..numbering enough to write a book……….from his blunders overseas…..to this….
      …huge suspicion… that he’s another Fulani Islamist hegemonist and northern tribalist……
      ……….but, that’s a smelly body odor to carry around…….if it also includes…… as it does…..
      …….jumping the window of parliament to forge appropriation bills…….. and merely winking….
      …at the genocide of 300+ Shiite Muslims… …..and winking at the murders committed daily……..
      ………………….by rifle-bearing mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen……………

      • Goksy Alta

        @disqus_d5oQY5RT79:disqus: Please my brother, nobody takes Professor Wole Soyinka seriously on public policy.

        Wole Soyinka does not have any wisdom, knowledge or understanding of public or foreign policy.

    • Mide Akerele

      He never said it. that was spread by a blogger

    • Ikechukwu_67

      Another lie spread by Trump – forever – hating mob. He never said so..

    • Ikeadi

      Your source? Liar!

  • Kevin Peter

    All the grammatical expressions will not protect you from fulfilling that which you promised to do. We’re all eyes and ears.

  • shakara123

    this man is continually losing credibility. What a shame for a man at his age?

    • okenwa

      The man is another 86year old junk just like 86year old ajayi the man who claimed to sign buhari’s school cert.

    • Mide Akerele

      you are losing sight of reality. Donald Trump t is a racist who hates Africans

      • Sir Louis

        Mide, Trump is not a racist in that mold. He wants Africans and their leaders to sit up and develop their countries and not abandon the latter for thieves and corrupt elements while they invade America for Green Card! Soyinka has no reason to still be in the US after the election loss of his idol- Hillary. Also, it should be noted that the Green Card in question is the property of the US government and not that of Soyinka. Therefore, if he is a responsible old man, he should quietly hand it over to the issuing office and board a flight for Nigeria!

  • Wale

    He doesn’t need to if that election was held in Nigeria, Clinton would have won because she had the majority vote and more than one-thirds votes in two-thirds of the 50 states. It shows that US has to learn from Nigeria to allow the will of the majority to prevail rather than a dubious electoral college that doesn’t reflect the will of the majority.

    • Mide Akerele

      Thanks Wale

    • tony10

      The system they use is called electoral college which has been in their constitution since 1776. That is why they campaign only in swing and battleground states and not in all 50 states. The reason is to make sure every county has a say in who is the president. Highest number of votes is irrelevant. Even they have 50/50 electoral college votes, House of Rep would decide not number of votes. Clinton lost by massive electoral votes to Trump and Democrats and their supporters should deal with it and move on. There is no point in consolation and saying ‘if or maybe.’

  • MI

    Sir,
    It does not befit your status Sir to destroy a legal document, issued to you based on respect and your status. You are so well recognized in the world that, if some people are to be exempted from requiring visa to travel anywhere in world, you are definitely one of such people. So, it will be a gross disrespect not to a person but to the USA to even have uttered such words, I believe you said it more or less as a parable or extend of your distaste for Trump candidacy. Unfortunately, we are living in a country where many read things in literal terms and forgetting that you are a Nobel laureate per excellence. I urge you to disregard such people amongst us and not to do that as you’ll always remain a good example to many of us around the world.
    Remember, Trump won through electoral system of America and voted for across the country by his people. He remained confident throughout of the last 18 months when many never gave him a chance but he believed in his message and it resonated well amongst majority of his country people.
    The concept of him being termed in various negatives by the corporate media, though, many of which were done out of context even after he corrected many of those statements; I do acknowledge his errors, and many thing he said might have been said in better ways, but the bottomline message to me remained strong, truthful and critical to America being on the path of its founding principles. Unfortunately, the mountains of corruption associated to Hillary, many are proven to be true and add to the uninspiring leadership of Barack Obama thus far, her chances have deemed and popularity waned amongs many people especially the US citizens, unless we want to set America on the path to being a third world.
    All we should wish America and Trump at this time is success; I believe he will make it as Reagan.

    • Mide Akerele

      His so called message was based on division, sexism, racism, and fear. why are Americans protesting now then. Hillary won the popular vote

      • MI

        I heard the other aspect of his campaign more, his programs are pro-America and he’s passionate, nationalistic in view. Addressing real issues and I don’t think any true / legal American should be worried, whether on immigration, refugees, bringing back the jobs, re-building American infrastructures, the trade deals, America first etc.
        Americans have spoken through their electoral system. If at all, Hillary isn’t the only candidate to loose election on the electoral college. While the margin of the electoral college is large and Trump winning more states through real hard work winning number of the swing states and traditionally blue states but that of the popular vote is relatively marginal with both having 60 million each. Just Califonia and NY gave her 10 million votes & 84 electoral college?
        The body language of Obama, Clintons, the campaigns, majority of the establishment media is disappointing and worrisome to American image as such culture seem a bit alien to them.
        At this time, I wish Trump good presidency and God’s guidance.

        • Mide Akerele

          Don’t forget the Central Park 5 and how Trump demonised those black kids. What till Giuliani brings bank stop and search . now black lives is not going to mean shit

      • iyanga

        Actually, his message was based on ignorance.

        • Mide Akerele

          Thank you

      • emmanuel

        which Americans are protesting? your type who Tinubu funded to protest subsidy removal in 2012?
        They are insinificant numbers funded by their negative influence or driven by the fear of possible ejection in the USA.
        The people wanted a realist to rule them, such that would checkmate all trouble makers. They are not like Enugu state Governor who would weep over his people killed by cattle rearers and still hobnob with the patron of the killers who refused to do anything.
        The Americans are like Ekiti people who would support a true and independent Son to checkmate intruders, pretenders and threat to their land. The son who would ensure peace at home while he pursues development.
        Not a daughter who eats from the desk of their enemies in the midle East through shady deals, regular lecture presentations from where her family collects so much gratification and would turn def ears to budding threats like the one in Libya that killed a high price American
        Americans trully know what they want.
        They want you to come back to Nigeria and choose a wise leader instead choosing a blank brain; who would destroy your system, then you run away to their land to inconvenience them with your credit card fraud, rape, armed robberies and shipping back home of their rented cars. etc.

        • Mide Akerele

          Don worry very soon you will find out that black lives means nothing . Giuliani, your new attorney general does not give a shit about. welcome back to stop and search boys 🙂

        • Mide Akerele

          I am Ekiti, hence my independent thought , Remember how Trump hounded Obama for his BC? Why? He took out ads to demonise 5 innocent boys (Central Park Five) for raping a white woman and the turned out to be innocent. Don’t worry, Giuliani is bringing back stop and search for you guys. i;ll be here feeling sorry for you guys.

    • Daniel Ayozie

      Tell him if he have ears.he made such a reckless statement because he never believed that Trump could win. I support the call for him to honor his words because that is what a real mansshould do. And if I were the U.S. I will cancel his green card .The U.S. is not like Nigeria where people make reckless comments and go free with it.

  • okenwa

    Grammar up and grammar down, bobo soyinka when will you tear tear the card and shut up your mouth just like your brother Tb joshua don padlock his mouth.

  • ijelejames

    Unnecessary grammar and foolery yet again from Wole Soyinka. When will this arrogant talkative shut his large mouth and hide his head in shame. Americans or anybody else are not interested in what you do to your green card or international passport or airline ticket. Enough of the noise.

    • Mide Akerele

      1)Trump was endorsed by the KKK, The Nazi Party and he hates minorities
      2)England is now controlled by the RiGHT ( Bad for minorities)
      3)Marie Le Pen is going to win next year;s elections in France (National Front is one of the most racist parties in Europe).

      Wole is fighting for all of us especially blacks. Half of Hollywood stars vowed to move to Canada if Trump wins, Why are you not picking on them. You would rather put down your own and praise what’s not yours, America does not give a shit about you. The way you guys reason is scary

      • emmanuel

        Soyinka fighting for you and your family. What has the Oni jekukje fought for since after he founded the confraternity in schools that led to other s turning Nigerian institutions of learning to killing field?
        He is an agent of political leadership gangsterism in the developed world who dominate Nigeria political landscape; through manipulation and would only ask for protest when it suits the pay masters.
        Soyinka, i have known for over 40 years is an opportunist noisemaker of the grade of beneficiary.

        • Mide Akerele

          Bringing my family into a matter of discussion signifies your intelligence and class, “Pirate” was formed to fight political oppression in Nigeria at the time. It was the following generations that took things to the next level. There were no killings until EYE and other fraternities where formed. Also read a book about the history of frantenity in Nigerian universities. My regards to your sister.

      • ijelejames

        Moron, and you think America gives a hoot about you and your Wole Soyinka. Go have a sit. What is his and your business in American and world politics when Nigeria is a hell hole. Shameless fools. Remove the log in your eye before going to remove the speck in another person’s eye. What is our business with Hollywood stars and Americans about what happens in their politics when tribalism and rigging of election are the order of the day in Nigeria. Shut your mouth. America is crying over you and mr soyinka’s opinion if it makes you sleep well at night. Mumu!

        • Mide Akerele

          I am aware of the fact that I am a moron,and i can assure you that I will be here when a white police officer harasses or even kill you. He demonised the Central Park 5.only for them to be innocent, You will soon to find out who is the moron, when you are lying in the pool of your own blood a white officer is bending over to beat the shit out of you

  • emmanuel anizoba

    Dear Prof Soyinka, I see your unenviable position as that of The Hyperbole, the Poet and the Rabble! You may consider using a spokesperson henceforth when addressing folks who are bound to take every statement literally. Cheers!

  • Nta Ekeng

    Woe onto u, yee man of lil faith!!!

  • Lateef Kadiku

    Americans have every right in the world to choose whoever they please as president, enough unneccessary protesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ikechukwu_67

    Tear the Green card as you promised Prof.
    Too much beke will not suffice. Be a man of your word,Prof.

  • NoSpinEd

    Professor Soyinka, I imagine you were as certain as most US left-leaning pundits that Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide. That must be why you considered it a safe bet. With all due respect, sir, I doubt that anyone in the US will lose any sleep over you tearing up your green card. Hold on to it. You might need it.

  • Otile

    Kongi,
    Tactics comrade tactics. Do not tear your green card. By next year Nigeria may suffer depression and Imam Buhari may turn violent even unto the Yoruba race. In such a horrible situation where can you run to?

  • emmanuel

    First thing first PT. It is Wole Soyinka; a professor of literature and Nobel laureate or Michael Green a Pastor, if you do not wish to splash his name with the relevant appellation or title. The world you seem to emulate does not use Mr. wherever the name(s) of people appear in their report.
    They would rather use proper reference at introduction and use the names simply in the rest of the report which is the proper way to go.
    You have over the years reported everyone as Mr or MS as the case may be.
    Please do the needful.
    As for Soyinka, we long ago knew pretenders in Nigeria who rode on the backs of some foreign agencies who fund locals to help foist their demonic ideologies to frustrate governments. They come as saints, but are real undertakers.
    Their shame was revealed when Amaechi a renowned crook became a cash-cow ad they got the best out of it.
    Anyway, if Soyinka likes he should tear his Green card. That is not our problem. He may also tear his Nigeria identity card (if he has any) the day Buhari sacks Amaechi

  • Brahim

    African Greedy
    I am just surprised that you as writer says such insulting words toward a country that accepted you as persona non-Grata from other country! FBI should kick your African a..somewhere in African forest where there is no nationally ! I do not think you need to get any paper from any country. Your Nobel burned you mouth and you become GREEDY! At your level you should say things that makes senses even Hillary would not accept what you said on her country! By saying this you doing the same thing that dash does and putting the rest of the world in shitty boxes. Your next address should simply be GWANTANAMO I guess Trump will renovate some boxes there.
    Woroubaa! hummm you pushed the button too hard
    Yacoo for the rest