Nobel Laureate, poet and playwright, professor Wole Soyinka has said that if Republican standard-bearer, Donald Trump is elected President of the U.S next week, he will cut his positive identification and leave the country.
“If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he will do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to return into the America. Well, I’m not expecting that,” said Soyinka, World Health Organization is scholar-in-residence at the big apple University’s Institute of African yankee Affairs this fall.
“The moment they announce his conclusion, i will be able to cut my positive identification myself and begin packing up.”
The Nigerian playwright and poet, who was imprisoned in Nigeria throughout its civil war, later fleeing the country and receiving a death sentence in absentia, urged youths to stand up against oppression.
Giving a seminar to students at Oxford University’s Ertegun House, he also laid into Brexit, adding that it was a “ridiculous decision”, and a part of an international rise in what he referred to as “ultranationalism” according to theguardian.com
“What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us. it has happened before,” said Wole Soyinka.
“We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here; it’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for youth like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”
“We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here; it’s a relentless fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”
Soyinka was Africa’s first nobel laureate in literature, winning in 1986 for writing that “in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”.
He told the students that African literature these days was “robust, without a question, particularly with the younger generation… i think we of the older are becoming a little bit tired, and i suppose our production gets thinner and thinner. But luckily, it doesn’t worry any of us, as far as i know, because the body of literature that is coming out varied and liberated,” Soyinka added.
“African literature suffered from some kind of ideological spasm in which the younger generation was bombarded by a sense of ideological duty, in other words it was bombarded with a very simplistic notion by leftist radical writers, very reformative revolutionary thinkers, that all literature is ideological and therefore writers must ensure that their writing illustrates progressive ideologies.”
This, he said, had “inhibited a number of very talented writers, crippled their sense of liberal creativity, forced them to try and narrow themselves into a very tight prism of viewing phenomena, relationships, humour, even politics. Fortunately, this next generation has been freeing itself and the result is really marvellous, very varied , the women in particular”.