Wolexit stands despite the hysteria, declares Soyinka
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka yesterday decried what he termed ‘media fascism’ and condemned ‘noisome creatures’ believed to have masterminded the hysteria trailing his ‘personal’ decision to relocate from the United States of America if Donald Trump had won the presidential election.
In an essay (3984 words long) entitled Red Card, Green Card – Notes Towards the Management of Hysteria, Prof. Soyinka insisted, “WOLEXIT stands – I coined that deliberately, to signify repossession of my space of legitimate decisions…”
And in response to ’a brief questionnaire’ from two Nigerian journals on when he would perfect the relocation, Soyinka said: ”My exit time schema applies, not yours. If it even becomes convenient to bring it forward, I intend to do so, but please, don’t come at me with plaints of time imprecision. I never discussed it with you, nor invited you to a private decision whose execution was already in the making. Do not try to browbeat me. It’s a waste of time – all you have to do is immerse yourselves in my antecedents.”
While confirming that he did make the threat, and that the resolve to carry it out remains on course, the literary giant laced the essay with similar decisions he had taken in the past to boycott ”places (Australia, China, South Africa) of normally congenial roosting, for a variety of reasons, and dictated by individual temperaments.”
He detailed what led to his decision to vacate US over Donald Trump’s win: ”I was in New York during the run-up to elections. I watched this face, its body language, listened to his uncouth, racist language, his imbecillic harangues, the insults to other peoples, other races, especially the Hispanics, Africans and Afro-Americans, even citing once – I was told – Nigeria as an instance of the burdensome occupation of global space. I watched and listened, disbelievingly, since this was America, supposedly now freed to a large extent – as we like to believe and have a right to expect – from its lamentable history of racism.