Prize Winning Author Exits US After Trump Win
Nobel-prize winning author Wole Soyinka has discarded his green card in protest of Donald Trump being elected president.
Soyinka, who is originally from Nigeria, became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986. He has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years and teaches at prestigious universities such as Harvard, Cornell and Yale regularly.
Prior to this year’s presidential election, Soyinka vowed to throw away his green car and “start packing” should Trump be elected president. The green card is a permanent residence permit for the United States.
According to The Independent, the scholar added that he would not discourage anyone from applying for a green card, but for him, Trump’s election to position of commander-in-chief.
“I have already done it, I have disengaged [from the United States]. I have done what I said I would do,” the 82-year-old told the AFP news agency at the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit in Johannesburg.
“I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the card and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been,” reportedly meaning Nigeria.