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Soyinka vows to leave US if Trump wins election

Soyinka vows to leave US if Trump wins election

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Nigerian Nobel-literature laureate Wole Soyinka has vowed to quit the US if Republican Donald Trump is elected president of the United States next week.

Speaking at Oxford University in the UK, Soyinka said it was unlikely that Trump would win but if he did then he will cut up the green card which allows him to stay in the US.

“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,” said Soyinka, who is a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs this autumn.

Soyinka was the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1986.

The latest forecasts show polls in the US are tightening ahead of the election which will be held on 8 November with Trump attempting to capitalize on Hillary Clinton’s latest email scandal.

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