Professor Wole Soyinka has confirmed that he will
keep his word and tear his green card, on the day
Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of
Soyinka made the vow last week, while giving a
speech to students of Oxford University in England
According to the literary icon: “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.”
Trump won the US presidential election early this
morning in an incredible victory that has shocked
and observers all around the world
for the first time since the results of the elections
Did Donald Trump’s victory surprise you?
Not altogether. The possibility was looming nearer
and nearer, getting scarier and scarier.
What do you think Trump’s victory means for the
world, especially Nigeria?
It’s brought an already teetering world closer to
Do you think the victory of Trump, who threatened
to build a Wall is a coincidence coming exactly 27
years to the day the Berlin Wall came down?
Trump’s Wall is already under construction. Walls
are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls,
not only across the mental landscape of America
but across the global landscape. I am glad you
referred to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin
Wall – that was one anniversary in reversal!
Will you thrash your green card, as you reportedly
said you would?
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)
At what point did it occur to you that Trump’s
victory was inevitable?
As Election Day approached, the specter became
near palpable. I refused to switch on the television
this morning until I had stiffened myself with a
strong espresso. I felt disaster in my marrow.