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“I’m no longer part of the society” – Wole Soyinka says He Has Made his Green Card “Inoperable”



Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has said that he has fulfilled his promise to “cut” his green card (permanent resident’s card in the U.S.) and “start packing up” if the then, Republican Candidate, Donald Trump wins the election.

Soyinka in an interview with The Atlantic on Tuesday, said that he had made his green card “inoperable”.

“I don’t have strong enough fingers to tear up a green card. As long as Trump is in charge, if I absolutely have to visit the United States, I prefer to go in the queue for a regular visa with others. I’m no longer part of the society, not even as a resident,” Soyinka said.

“I delivered myself from uncertainty, from discomfort, from internal turmoil,” the veteran writer said.

He had said, after Trump emerged winner in November 2016, that he was bidding his time until Trump is inaugurated.

“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 had said.

He also announced in December that he “threw away” the card.

Soyinka recently told The Interview magazine that “Trump’s wall is already under construction.” “Walls are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls, not only across the mental landscape of America, but across the global landscape,” Soyinka had said.

Soyinka said his decision is a “personal” and “private” one, and “no one else is invited.”


  1. Nurumba

    January 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Professor agba, don’t worry. We know American passports is not like PDP card that baba iyabo tore. You don’t need to over explain with all this english. We forgive you.

  2. Weezy

    January 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    When you read the full interview he makes a lot of sense.

    • Prince Charming

      January 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Cutting his green card because Donald Trump won the presidency is a very stupid idea. He only did it to save face, if he actually did it. The funniest and stupidest thing is: if the need arises, he would still travel to America. Why cut your green card and relocate to Nigeria, but still go back when the need arises? I don’t understand! What he should have done is to boycot America until the end of Trump’s tenure. That would’ve made more sense.

    • seriously

      January 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Mr Soyinka is smart, he’s saying all this only because he’s getting older and won’t be as active as before. He won’t teach or give lectures as much. He’s most likely retired in the U.S. I bet if he was younger and during his prime, he will be singing a different tune right now. If he gets very ill, he can always travel to Europe or go to the best hospital in Nigeria. So, he has nothing to worry about.
      Cutting his green card won’t make any difference or change the mind of Americans. Trump is not brand new, majority of white men think like him and that’s what Europe and America is built on. They’ve all managed to build their country, create vast opportunities in the midst of their racist mindset. There are laws in place to protect you as a citizen. Yeah, there’s racism and discrimination but at least you have some form of freedom as a human being. You can come here from any part of the world and create your own path. I love being an American. God bless America. I’m not scared of Trump or what he plans to do. He’s a narcissist and the more he sees how much people fear him, the more he does more to put people in fear. That’s his thrill

      I don’t understand why Africans are getting angry at someone like Trump when Africans are just as divided, hate one another and can’t even develop themselves/country. In Nigeria alone, none of these leaders can put their differences to the side and do their job to benefit the country.

  3. Mimi

    January 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    As an American citizen, I can relate to this !!
    You will not understand how things are in America unless you live here.
    Great choice Mr.Soyinka

    • Prince Charming

      January 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Why not give up your citizenship and relocate to another country?

    • oo

      January 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I wonder o.

    • Marian

      January 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      How are things in America? Help us get it o.

  4. NG

    January 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    As in Trump and Americans care a cent? You have earned a voice as a NL Prof but truth is until Naija gets to be respectable much of these symbolical actions will remain inconsequential.

  5. Anne

    January 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Nigerians. My people will always feel very important sha in another man’s land. America is one of the few countries in the world that opens its shores to the world courtesy of the founding fathers who wanted it to become a dream come true for people, a freedom empire where anyone can achieve greatly even Dubai does not send you, if you like carry your millions there. Yet Nigerians feel they own America. How friendly are you to Ghanaians in Niger. Naturalized or US citizens, if you like tear your passport. No one cares. Yet Nigerians are tripping here overstaying their visitor’s visa and finding ways to stay back. I hear all of you. Pride goes before a fall.

  6. Tolulope

    January 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Smh, You’re being governed by Buhari but you’re having head ache and heart attack over Trump presidency in the USA…. Prof….well done sir, well donesir

  7. rain

    January 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Soyinka should go and sit down and stop posturing about . Trump won the election and will be sworn in very soon. So deal with it and stop making noise . Buhari without certificate is ruling you and you havent destroy your Nigeria passport with inflation and recession so high and many people suffering

  8. ngozi

    January 20, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Rubbish, i respect him as a writer but this over the top reaction to an election is ridiculous. why not wait until his tenure is over. maybe he should give up his Nigerian passport, given the state of our country. An 80 something year old man who has already made his money and established himself is giving up the supposed american privilege that maybe he doesn’t really care for or need — abeg tell that to a 23 year old unemployed graduate selling groundnut in the market for a living, if only people can trade places. take your opportunity and sit down. biko!!!!

  9. Me2

    January 22, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Where is the evidence? Seeing is believing

  10. Jordie

    January 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    i thought he said he will tear it

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