Soyinka to Hold Private Funeral on Trump’s Inauguration



WOLE Soyinka, a professor of Comparative Literature and a Nobel Laureate, has promised to hold a private funeral when Donald Trump is inaugurated as the president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

Soyinka spoke on Monday, December 5 where he said the funeral was not to mourn with the citizens of the US over their choice of president but the death of Nigerians’ common sense.

He said: “Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed sometimes that I occupy the same nation space with some people.”

“I am embarrassed to occupy the same nation space as some imbeciles and morons.  I am planning my Wolexit, which could be internal or external.

“On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, I will have a private funeral keep to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense. If the board agrees (because I do not like to be authoritarian) I will move the residency of my foundation out of the country.”

He also lashed out at Nigerians for querying his decision to tear his green card following the victory of Trump at the polls, November 8.

A few days ago, Soyinka confirmed the destruction of his US residency green card.

The award-winning author said on Thursday, December 1 that he has fulfilled his earlier pledge to destroy his residency permit and abandon the United States if 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.

“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,” BBC quoted Soyinka as saying at an education conference at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Soyinka caused a stir when he vowed to destroy his green card if Trump emerged as president and carried out the threat although this brought different reactions from some Nigerians.

—  Dec 5, 2016 @ 17:58 GMT


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