Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has held true to his promise to leave the United States if Donald Trump won the presidency, announcing Thursday that he has “disengaged” from the U.S. and thrown away his green card.
Soyinka was born in Nigeria but later relocated to the U.S where he has resided for more than 20 years.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986.
Before the U.S. election took place November 8, Soyinka vowed to start cutting up his green card “the moment they announce [Trump’s] victory.” Now that Trump has been declared the victor, Soyinka says he is upholding that promise.
Speaking to AFP during an education conference in Johannesburg, South Africa Soyinka said, “I have already done it. I have disengaged [from the United States]. I have done what I said I would do.”
“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,” he said, referring to his native Nigeria.
While residing in the U.S he held teaching jobs at Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Cornell and Yale, but most recently worked as a scholar in residence at New York University.