Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said that he would be leaving the US on the day president-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated in 2017, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Soyinka vowed a week ago while giving a speech to students at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom that he would “cut up” his green card if Trump won the elections.
Following queries by social media users asking him about his promise, the author replied: “Come January 20, 2017; watch my WOLEXIT!”
He said that he was biding his time until January 20, 2017 when Trump takes the Oval office.
“Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office? I’m just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now,” Soyinka was quoted as saying.
‘Not my president’
Soyinka is currently a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.
During his speech last week, Soyinka said it was highly “unlikely that Trump would win the upcoming elections”. However, he cautioned, if Trump did, the “first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green card holders must reapply to come into the US.
“Well, I am not waiting for that. The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” Soyinka was quoted as saying at the time.
Following Trump’s surprise win yesterday, citizens around the US took to the streets in protest, voicing their dissent with a rallying cry of “Not my president”.
There was a mixed response from markets, with some reacting positively while others dipped. – News 24