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Soyinka honours vow, destroys US green card

Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka has honoured the vow he made ahead of the US presidential election by destroying his United States green card.

The noble man vowed to denounce himself a citizen of US should Donald Trump emerges victorious of the election.

Soyinka made it known on Thursday that he has fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country should Donald Trump won the presidential election.

“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 said on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg.

“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.

The prolific playwright, novelist and poet, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, has been a regular teacher at US universities including Harvard, Cornell and Yale.

Though the action was to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration, at the same time it was not discourage others from applying for a green card.

“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 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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