Award winning author, Wole Soyinka has finally fulfilled the pledge he made when Donald Trump won the US Presidential election.
Shortly before the election, Soyinka had vowed to destroy his permanent US residency and leave the country if Trump won in a bid to protest against the Republican campaign promises to get tough on immigrants.
Speaking at an Education conference at the University of Johannesburg, the 82-year old said:
I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do.
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.
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.
However, he said 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 Nigerians or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it.