Would Wole Soyinka really destroy his green card if Donald Trump emerges as USA president?

  • Professor Soyinka described Brexit as a ridiculous decision by Britain – The Novel laureate said he would leave the US id Donald Trump wins the election
  • He called on the younger generation to take the torch of literature Professor Wole Soyinka has vowed to destroy his American Green Card if Donald Trump is elected US president.
  • Trump, a republican candidate is head-to-head with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate and the Nobel laureate has vowed to leave the US if Trump wins.

He said: “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.

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“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.” He also described Britain’s decision to leave the European Union as a ridiculous move. He said: “What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us … It has happened before. We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here.

“It’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.” Soyinka also spoke about African literature and noted that the older generation was getting tired.

“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.

“African literature suffered from some kind of ideological spasm in which the younger generation was bombarded by a sense of ideological duty, in other words it was bombarded with a very simplistic notion by leftist radical writers, very reformative revolutionary thinkers, that all literature is ideological and therefore writers must ensure that their writing illustrates progressive ideologies.”

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