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Africa’s Mixed Feelings about Donald Trump’s U.S. Election Win: America not ready for a Female President yet?

More than a few Africans are worried about the policy changes Trump may implement.

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Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga speaking to U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec during an election results watch breakfast at the ambassador’s home in Nairobi, Nov. 9, 2016. VOA
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Nairobi, November 10, 2016: Feelings about Donald Trump’s U.S. election win are mixed in Africa.

In Kenya, where President Barack Obama has familial roots, many were hoping Hillary Clinton could carry on his legacy, but were prepared for disappointment.

“Personally, I think it [Trump’s win] was expected because I don’t think America was ready for a female president just yet,” said Jamila Wafula, a student at Jomo Kenyatta University near Nairobi. “We were really hoping that Clinton would win, but it was expected for Trump to win.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally, Nov. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. VOA
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally, Nov. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. VOA

Sara Asafu-Adjaye, a Ghanaian social activist, says she would have loved to have seen the first female U.S. president.

“Not only is it that she is a woman. She’s a competent woman,” said Asafu-Adjaye. “And the fact that millions, over 48 percent of Americans believe that she’s not the better person for the job, it scares me.”

Charles Eboune, an international relations expert in Cameroon, was dismayed Clinton’s decades of experience in Washington was not enough to carry her to victory.

“[If] you look at the caliber of the lady who was in front of him in the election and all those who backed her, it was another translation that [the] majority is not always right,” said Eboune.

Change in style

Now, Africans have to adjust to the fact that a president with a very different style and priorities from both Obama and Clinton is going to take office.

More than a few Africans are worried about the policy changes Trump may implement.

“It might slow down immigration, probably from African countries toward the U.S.,” said Francis Kouamé in Ivory Coast. “It is going to make it more difficult. Really, I’m not happy that he won.”

Cardboard cutouts of both candidates on display during a breakfast at the home of U.S. ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya. VOA
Cardboard cutouts of both candidates on display during a breakfast at the home of U.S. ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya. VOA

A Congolese newspaper reported the election results as “The Trump Surprise,” while a popular Senegalese website displayed a photo of Trump, with a headline playing on the president-elect’s last name and the French verb se tromper, “to make a mistake.”

But an administrative worker in Dakar tries to remain optimistic about America’s choice of president.

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“I am a little disappointed, because I supported Hillary Clinton, but I see that the people of the United States have chosen their president,” said Moussa Traore. “Donald Trump is not bad. The essential is that the people are a little unhappy to hear this, but maybe there will be change.”

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist after giving his acceptance speech as his wife Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump follow him during his election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. VOA
President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist after giving his acceptance speech as his wife Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump follow him during his election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. VOA

Keith Benon Robe was active in Uganda’s opposition during his country’s presidential elections earlier this year. He says he is excited because he believes Trump will stand up to Africa’s dictators.

“I jumped off my feet in celebration. I was so joyous and I’m still, it’s just unbelievable,” said Robe. “I’m sure the economy will be better, better than it is right now. And I trust him because he’s a businessman; he’s going to change everything. But the main point is he’s going to help us change this regime, which we’re tired of.”

A good example

The fact that Trump was legitimately elected was not lost on some Africans, who have seen many rigged or suspect elections in their time.

Stanley, a history teacher at the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe in Kinshasa who preferred not to give his last name, says that regardless of winner, the American election cycle sets a good example for other countries.

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“The lessons which I draw as a Congolese citizen, as an African, is that it’s a handover of power, clear and clean, without problem. Mrs. Clinton has even called Trump to congratulate him,” said Stanley.

FILE - Malik Obama, half-brother of President Barack Obama, seen in a Nov. 4, 2012 photo. VOA
FILE – Malik Obama, half-brother of President Barack Obama, seen in a Nov. 4, 2012 photo. VOA

African leaders and politicians in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic on Congo and Somalia, to name a few, have already sent or tweeted messages to Trump, congratulating him on his victory. Malik Obama, President Obama’s half-brother, has also congratulated Trump. (VOA)

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  • gene

    No, we do NOT need a woman president! We don’t need a man president, either..or a gay president, or a Hispanic president, or whatever. We need a GOOD president. (Hopefully, we’ve finally elected one.) We are ELECTING A LEADER; NOT choosing a MASCOT.

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Trump’s Leadership: The First Errors and Achievements

One of the main reasons explaining Trump's unpopularity was reviews in mass media, according to the head of communications of White House

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Trump has not yet managed to implement the promised reforms of the healthcare system and tax legislation.

Nicole Lewis

It has already been a year since Donald Trump was authorized the Presidency of the US.
During the first year of the country’s leadership, Trump has 100% proven that he was one of the most controversial presidents in the US history.

We should admit that perhaps no other leader of the United States has caught the keen
interest of the worldwide public. It is definitely so. Based upon the intense debate in social
networks, some thought that Trump was almost a general who would lead the battle against the breach of justice, while others argued that impeachment was just around the corner.

Still, others argued that the billionaire president just wanted to have some fun, therefore,
decided to run for the presidency. After keeping an eye on Donald Trump for more than a
year, we can sum up the first results of his presidency – on November, 8; it is exactly one
year after the inauguration of the 45th US president. So, let’s see how the first presidential
year was for Mr. Trump.

Victory or a Disaster?

Nearly 60 percent of the US population is disapproving behavior, actions, and decisions of
Donald Trump, as stated at essay birdie. There are many “yes” and “no” about his policy;
however, everything is subjective. In this post, we will talk about what Donald Trump has
achieved and what areas he has not succeeded in over 365 days his presidency.

Economic Policy – Victory

Economic policy and the growth of the stock market are indeed the main achievements of
Trump’s domestic policies. Another important change is the elimination of many legal
restrictions for businesses, which has contributed to the development of the country’s
economy. Considering his decisions, it is a true embodiment of the slogan of Trump’s campaign “Let’s Make America Great again!”

Healthcare Reform – Failure

Trump has not yet managed to implement the promised reforms of the healthcare system and tax legislation. There is the law that he aimed to start to implement almost the first day after taking his post – the idea has not been funded by the Congress.

 

Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. (Wikimedia Commons)

Behavior in a Political Scene – Failure

The current US president sometimes oversteps the mark. For example, Donald Trump threw paper towels to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, pushed the Prime Minister of Montenegro, and constantly curses the media.

Foreign Policy Is in Crosshairs

It’s not so easy with foreign policy. The German Foreign Ministry Representative Maria
Adebar called the decisions of the US president unpredictable, and many foreign leaders
would agree with the diplomat. Constant suspicions in relations with Russia is only one point in the long list of issues.

His uncertainty in politics is related not only to the foreign policy. This can be referred to the healthcare sector as well. His positions on health, tax reform, and financial regulation are highly attractive to super-rich people. However, it is quite difficult to understand how Trump intends to improve the position of the middle class, which is the popular majority of the population.

Diplomatic Failures May Result in the Loss of an Important Ally

Only yesterday Trump promised to make the world better, and today he has already faced the disagreement of Iran and Australia to follow the US orders considering the president not very competent and experienced. And this statement seems to be true if one analyze his behavior while having a telephone call with the Australian Prime Minister.

Trump was very impulsive and hung up, which may lead to unwanted consequences, if to be more exact, there is a risk of worsening of relations with the closest US ally. Moreover,
before hanging up, he said that the conversation had been the worst one lately.

It is known that Malcolm Turnbull reminded about the negotiations with Obama and the
decision to provide 1250 refugees. The refusal of Trump to keep the word of the previous
president may lead to the loss of Australia as an important ally, which seems to be unwise.

One of the main reasons explaining Trump's unpopularity was reviews in mass media, according to the head of communications of White House.
One of the main reasons explaining Trump’s unpopularity was reviews in mass media, according to the head of communications of White House. VOA

Trump is the “Winner” in the Negative Reports

According to the research of T. Patterson, the professor from Harvard, D.Trump has bypassed all previous presidents showing the most negative results. Compared to Obama, who had three times more positive coverage, Trump has 70% negative and only 30% positive.

The crucial event that played an important role in these results was the order of the president to attack a Syrian airbase. Trump admitted that he this action was his answer to the Assad use of chemicals. Was he authorized to react like this? As a result, six people died, among which there were Russians, moreover, there were a lot of wounded. It is not surprising that after this order, the BBC coverage became 70 % negative.

Trump Presidency: Trust His Promises or Not to Trust: That is the Question

One of the main reasons explaining Trump’s unpopularity was reviews in mass media, according to the head of communications of White House. As the administration states, an independent study showed that the reports of Trump in 95% of cases were negative. However, the dislike of the media and Trump is mutual. Mentions of Trump in the posts like “Enemies of the American people” are not the biggest disaster in the career of the US president.

According to the political consultant, there are plenty of fake news in NBC News, CBS News, ABC, and CNN, but in any case seems that the president won’t be able to meet the
expectations of his voters. A successful businessman turned out to be not a very promising
leader able to normalize relations between the US and other countries, vice versa, his actions may result in the worsening of the situation.

Nicole Lewis is an acclaimed writer with https://www.facebook.com/edubirdie/. Her works have been published in the leading newspapers and magazines.