Soyinka Says He Will Hold Private Funeral On Trump’s Inauguration Day


Nigerian professor and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka says he will have a private funeral keep to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense on Donald Trump’s inauguration day.

Speaking at a media parley at Freedom Park, on Monday, Soyinka while analysing the reaction of Nigerians to his threat to tear his green card, after Donald Trump emerged the US president-elect, said he is embarrassed to be in the same country as “imbeciles and morons”.

Soyinka, explained that the funeral is not to mourn with the citizens of the US over their choice of president but to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense.

The Nobel Laureate said he was planning his own Wolexit, an adaptation of Brexit.

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In his words:

“Why do Nigerians wail louder than the bereaved? Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed to occupy the same nation space as some imbeciles and morons.  I am planning my Wolexit, which could be internal or external.

“On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, I will have a private funeral keep to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense. If the board agrees (because I do not like to be authoritarian), I will move the residency of my foundation out of the country.”

Soyinka Backtracks

He also stressed that Nigerians did not have the right to query his personal decision to tear his US green card.

Recall that on Thursday, last week, in an education conference at the University of Johannesburg, Soyinka reportedly said he had fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Shortly before the vote, Soyinka 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.

In the words of the 82-year-old:

“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 – meaning his homeland Nigeria.”

Soyinka further said he would not discourage others from applying for a green card, saying 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.

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The Nobel Laureate had been in the U.S. for 20 years and in 1986 became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in literature. He has taught at Harvard, Cornell and Yale universities.