Nobel Prize-Winning Author Wole Soyinka Leaves US Over Trump Victory

Wole Soyinka in 2012
Wole Soyinka in 2012 Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Grey Goose

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning author, said that he has fulfilled his vow to leave the United States upon Donald Trump’s victory.

“I have already done it; I have disengaged [from the United States]. I have done what I said I would do,” said Soyinka, according to The Independent. “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.”

Soyinka vowed to give up his residency before the election in the event of a Trump victory in protest of Trump’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.

Soyinka isn’t against people having or applying for green cards, but says it was the right move for him.

“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.

The 82-year-old writer had been in the U.S. for 20 years and in 1986 became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in literature. Soyinka has taught at Harvard, Cornell and Yale universities.

Read more at The Independent.

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