Soyinka relocates to Nigeria, rips Green card, stands by his pledge

  • December 2, 2016

The much talked about decision of Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel-literature laureate to rip his green card if Trump won the U.S. presidential polls has been affirmed by his decision to relocate to his native Nigeria.

A green card simply is a document that identifies the bearer as an alien with permanent resident status in the United States.

“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. 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,” he said.

Soyinka is one of Africa’s most famous writers and rights activists, he was jailed in 1967 for 22 months during Nigeria’s civil war. He was reported to have recently completed a term as scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.

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