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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Plagiarism: Donald Trump lifts his 'Irish Proverbs' from Nigerian Poet's Quote

President Trump, on Saint Patrick’s Day met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and decided to share his favorite 'Irish Proverb' with the crowd.


Trump said: 'As we stand together with our Irish friends, I'm reminded of a proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I've heard it for many, many years and I love it.

'Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.'

However, it has been revealed that the 'proverb' he read is in fact a poem written by a well-known Nigerian poet, Albasheer Adam Alhassan.

The poem, titled 'Remember to Forget' was written by the young Muslim man in 2001, 'before people in Nigeria had access to the internet,' he said.

The quote is pulled word for word from Alhassan's poem, much to his surprise, as he posted it online many years ago. 

'I don't know why he related it to St Patrick's Day — it's got nothing to do with that. It's just based on my personal experiences.' Alhassan told NBC.

Alhassan said he doesn't have much time for poetry these days, as he now works at the largest bank in Nigeria.


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