Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has sworn to destroy his green card and leave the United States if Donald Trump is elected president next week.
Soyinka who now lives in the US and a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs this autumn made this known while speaking to his students of Oxford University, England.
“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.”
Urging young people to stand up against oppression, the Nobel Laureate described Britain’s decision to exit the European Union as a “ridiculous decision” and part of an international rise in what he called “ultranationalism”. According to him, the current happenings in Europe is no surprise as it has happened before.
At the seminar to his students at Oxford University, he said to try and get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions… the loftiness of human possibility is a constant fight. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.
Soyinka also informed the students that the torch of African literature was being carried by the younger generation. in his words;
“I think we of the older are getting a little bit tired, and I think our production gets thinner and thinner. But fortunately, it doesn’t worry any of us, as far as I know, because the body of literature that is coming out [is] varied and liberated.”
His comments are coming just a few days after about 370 economists and eight Nobel laureates denounced Trump, accusing him of promoting conspiracy theories, among other things.