Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate will hold private funeral when Trump is inaugurated

Soyinka has been in the news since he threatened to rip up his US green card if Trump emerged victorious.

  • Published:
Nigerian Literature Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka speaks during an interview with Reuters in his home in the southwest city of Abeokuta July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye play Nigerian Literature Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka speaks during an interview with Reuters in his home in the southwest city of Abeokuta July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said that he will hold a private funeral on the day US President-elect, Donald Trump is inaugurated.

Soyinka made the comment on Monday, December 5, while speaking to journalists at the Freedom Park in Lagos.

He however said that the funeral would not be to mourn the choice of the new US president but to grieve over the death of Nigeria’s common sense.

“Why do Nigerians wail louder than the bereaved? “Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed sometimes that I occupy the same nation space as some imbeciles and morons.  I am planning my Wolexit, which could be internal or external," he said in reference to Brexit, which is a term for the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union (EU).

“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 added.

Soyinka has been in the news since he threatened to rip up his US green card if Trump emerged victorious in the US presidential elections.

“If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that. The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up," he said in November.

Upon Trump’s victory, Nigerians took to social media to remind the playwright to carry out his threat.

 

He however took offense at the statement and described his critics as "noisome creatures."

"Let me end with a Red Card to those noisome creatures, the nattering nit-wits of Internet: maybe Trumpland is not as despicable as the Naijaland you impose on our reality from your secure cesspits of anonymity. Go back to school. Your problem is ignorance, ignorance of whatever subject you so readily comment upon. Learn to study your subjects before opening up on issues beyond your grasp," he said.

ALSO READ: Nigerians remind Wole Soyinka to tear US green card

Soyinka eventually revealed on Thursday, December 1, that he had thrown his green card away and relocated to Nigeria.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.