Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka has made good his threat to destroy his American residency green card and leave the country if “Donald Trump wins the presidential election.”
Shortly before the election, Soyinka, a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.
The Noble Laureate had said: “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.”
Immediately Trump was declared winner of the presidential election, Nigerians took to social media to urge the scholar to “couple his words with action.”
However, while speaking at a conference in South Africa, the internationally-acclaimed playwright and poet said he had thrown away the green card and returned to where he had always been.
“I have already done it; I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” he reportedly told AFP on the sideline.
“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.”
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However, Mr Soyinka is not inviting others to follow suit:
It’s useful in many ways; I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerians or anybody from acquiring a green card… … but I have had enough of it.”
According to AFP, he has been reported to have recently completed a term as scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.