Soyinka shreds U.S. greencard in anger over Trump victory

JOHANNESBURG Dec 1 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka has torn up his United States green card and renounced his American residency in protest at Donald Trump’s U.S. election win, the writer told news channel eNCA on Thursday.

“I’ve done it,” said Soyinka, 82, when asked if he had followed through on an earlier vow to leave the United States if Trump triumphed in the race for the White House.

“When I was ready, when I’d finished, I negotiated my departure,” the Nigerian born author said in Johannesburg on the sidelines of a university conference.

Soyinka has had regular teaching stints at America’s ivy league universities since the mid 1990s following his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. He was the first African writer to win the award.

A frequent and fierce critic of his own government, particularly over the carnage being inflicted by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, Soyinka said he felt ill at ease in the wake of Trump’s shock victory.

“We on the African continent could boast that we had a contemporary descendent ruling the United States,” Soyinka said referring to outgoing President Barack Obama, whose father was a Kenyan.

“Suddenly, somebody is making speeches which are meant to reverse those gains.” (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; editing by Richard Lough)

Soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash – Reuters

By Andrew Downie

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.

The small club from the town of Chapeco had been heading for the biggest game in its history, the first leg of Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final, when its plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin.

One of the first messages came from their rivals in Wednesday’s now postponed final, Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

“Nacional deeply laments and stands in solidarity with @ChapecoenseReal in the accident and we await information from authorities,” the home town club tweeted soon after the disaster was reported.

FIFA President Infantino said on Twitter: “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.”

Rivals of both clubs tweeted their support, with Flamengo and Santos in Brazil, and Club Junior and Millionarios in Colombia among those sending their condolences, many of them accompanied by the hashtag #ForcaChape, or Strength Chapecoense.

The crash struck a chord with clubs elsewhere, with Arsenal saying: “Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal” and Barcelona tweeting: “All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia.”

England captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends”.

Real Madrid players observed a minute’s silence before training on Tuesday morning and players from around the world shared their condolences.

Brazilian striker Neymar simply tweeted the club badge and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas said “Good luck and stay strong!”

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack tweeted: “Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care.”

Sao Paulo cancelled plans to present Rogerio Ceni as their new coach on Tuesday and the Brazilian Football Confederation suspended Wednesday night’s second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Gremio and Atletico Mineiro.

(Editing by Alison Williams)


Enugu LG seeks foreign investors for its palm wine business

Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, Enugu State, on Friday said that it would soon seek national and foreign investors that could partner it in processing and packaging its palm wine for consumption and export.

The Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr Uwakwe Ezeja, said at the ongoing Nsukka Trade Fair, tagged “Nsukka 2016’’.

The theme of the 10-day fair, is “Promoting Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme (SMES) and Agriculture for National Economic Recovery. “Ezeja said that the council had a lot of palm wine trees, adding that the climate of the area was good for producing the product from its vast plantations.

“Our palm wine is among the best in the country and it tastes fine when consumed.

“We have thousands of these palm wine trees all around us in the council area.’’

Ezeja said that the council lacked the financial muscle to harness it and showcase it to the rest of the world.

“Hence, we are using this trade fair as an opportunity to showcase it and give free sample to everybody that comes to our council’s stand.

“Most especially, we are calling on both local and foreign investors to come and invest in the processing and packaging of this wonderful gift of nature which we have in abundance in our council area.

“As a council, we are ready to assist any investors to achieve their target of marketing and exporting our palm wine, “ he said.

Ezeja noted that investors could also invest in farming as the council remained one of the food baskets of Enugu State.

“A vast portion of our land is still fertile and remained virgin to enhance agricultural production.

“In short, no investment in agriculture and agro-allied investments in the council will ever be regretted, “ he said.