Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has made good his threat to destroy his United States (US) green card and also leave the country if Donald Trump won the country’s presidential election.
Soyinka had shortly before the US election vowed to give up his permanent US residency over Trump’s victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to go tough on immigration.
According to agency report, Soyinka made public his action at an education conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He was quoted as saying: “I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do.”
Soyinka, 82, who spoke on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg, added: “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” – meaning his homeland Nigeria.
The prolific playwright, novelist and poet won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and has been a regular teacher at US universities including Harvard, Cornell and Yale.
Soyinka however said that he would not discourage others from applying for a green card.
“It’s useful in many ways. I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerian or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it,” he said.