‘I have done it,’ Soyinka says of his vow to shred his U.S. Green Card

Wole Soyinka [Photo: dailytimes.com.ng]

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, says he has shredded his United States Green Card following the emergence of Donald Trump as the US president.

Speaking to the AFP news agency at a conference in Johannesburg, Mr. Soyinka, a professor of Literature, said he had fulfilled his earlier vow made ahead of the US presidential election.

“I have already done it, I have disengaged [from the United States]. I have done what I said I would do,” Mr. Soyinka, 82, said.

Mr. Soyinka had said he would destroy his card if Mr. Trump triumphed 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 had told a gathering at Oxford University.

As soon as it became clear that Mr. Trump had emerged victorious at the elections, social media became agog with calls for Mr. Soyinka to fulfill his vow.

The Nobel laureate responded with a note he titled “Red Card, Green Card – Notes Towards the Management of Hysteria”, wherein he said he would not be bullied into fulfilling “a private decision whose execution was already in the making”.

He also hinted to The Interview magazine that he could fulfil his promise on January 20 as soon as Mr. Trump is sworn as president.

“Come January 20, 2017; watch my WOLEXIT,” the Interview quoted Mr. Soyinka as saying.


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  • Alfred G. Obih


    Is this January 20, 2017? What exactly is wrong with Professor Wole Soyinka?
    He is no longer behaving rationally. He just talks anyhow like gramophone record.
    If you say you will tear your green card are you not supposed to tear it in public?
    Why go and hide inside a forest and come out to say “I have torn my green card!”.
    How would we know the truth? Were we there when he tore anything? Did we see him?

    • Pirofessor2000AD

      Premium Times Editor,

      General Obasanjo and Wole Soyinka:- Birds of the same feather

      Nigerians are empty headed. They just grandstand. Wole Soyinka is no
      exception. Nigerians seek personal glory amid a national rout. Nigerians are
      undeveloped animals. The other creature called Olusegun Obasanjo wasted his
      own entire life in false existence. He induced journalists to address him as
      “statesman” despite his not having more than two-year post Waec School
      certificate, and without any formal training or knowledge of economics,
      philosophy, political science, international law or such-like.

      The more decent Europeans swatted him off with hisses as a misfit the
      more Obasanjo tried to be accepted into decent circles despite having nothing
      sensible to contribute. The Americans barred Olusegun Obasanjo since 2007 and
      never invited him for anything since. The Europeans followed suit. And since then
      Obasanjo has been rummaging the forests of Congo – filled with baboons – in his
      delusive belief that he’s engaged in African diplomacy, notwithstanding the terrain.
      Whereas he’s been shut out of diplomacy in the real world for his reckless thoughts
      and deeds. I fear Wole Soyinka may be on that same road to infamy.

      • Deji

        Pirofessor, is it academic certificates alone that make people statesmen. It will interest you to know that many statesmen across the world do not have much certificates to show, yet they accomplished great feats for the masses of their countries. Without attempting to hold brief for OBJ, it is obvious that our economy was much better in the Obasanjo years than the time of GEJ who has a PhD. It is not about certificates dear Pirofessor, it is competence and compassion for the masses/love for country that make statesmen. OBJ secured reprieve from our national debt burden, yet you claim he has no formal training in many areas. Well my smart people round the world do not rest on formal training alone, many are self taught, learning by experience and association with great achievers. I’m not sure you are right that OBJ is being ignored by the U.S. and European leaders. Only recently he was chosen to chair the forum of former Heads of State and Presidents around the world. That is a big endorsement of the man. I must confess I’m not a fan of OBJ myself, but fair is fair, let’s give him his due credit.

    • Indomie


      All that Donald Trump has said
      is what President Barack Obama’s been doing. So far till now Barack Obama has deported about two
      (2) million illegal immigrants, including Nigerians. Donald Trump said he will deport two to three million
      illegal immigrants. Why did Wole Soyinka not tear up his green card when Barack Obama became the
      first American president to deport about two million illegal immigrants? The answer is BLACK RACISM,
      the backward mentality that similar act has different interpretations if done by a black and a white man

      • miamitiger



      • Julius

        That wasnt all that Trump said about immigrants. He said he will not let anybody from a muslim nation come to the U S till he find out what the hell is going on. The problem with that sir, is its against the Constitution of the United States to do that. Obama didnt do or hint of doing that. Get your story together before trying to justify your diluted belief

  • emmanuel Azodoh


    • Julius

      Genius, at 82 and from what he has accomplished in his life, what has he lost ?

      • Justice

        And what has been achieved in all of these? Soyinka has belittled himself with all this infantile nonsense. Does it matter to the Americans if he chose to leave their country forever? I am really disappointed.

        • Julius

          I hate to break the news to you, he doesn’t care what you think.

      • Otile

        He lost his precious green card. When he falls sick next month where are you going to fly him to, Yemen?

        • Julius

          Poor you. You didnt know that he can still come to the U S without Green Card to do what he has to do .Be it on business, vacation or medical. You really need to stop making an ass of yourself .

          • Otile

            Poor you. What on earth can you tell me about US gov that I don’t know more than you? I don’t want to waste my time responding to your uninformed opinion about dozens of reasons US should refuse him re-entry into the country. Of what importance is he to the United States in the first place?

          • Julius

            lol@What on earth can you tell me about US gov that I don’t know more than you? Yea sure, I forgot that you are one of the founding fathers. Mr Washington

  • Otile

    Whatever happens, Honorable Trump is not going to be wasting $2.1 billion every now and then to support Islamists from Northern Nigeria.

  • Lanre

    Congratulations. Run away from Abacha; run away from Trump. When are you running away from the World?

  • Kuku Timothy

    Show us the pieces