By Jessica A Badebye
Africa and the rest of the world are still digesting the shock from the recently concluded American Presidential election that saw a Republican, Mr Donald Trump beat the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton with 279 against 228 votes in the Electoral College, despite her win of the popular vote with about 59,626,052 against 59,427,652.
Trump’s victory has been received with mixed feelings around the world. For a man who has no political background to be American president continues to anger and shock global citizens and has consequently ignited protests, with thousands of demonstrators shutting down major streets in the US. The impromptu protests were launched a day after Trump’s election as the 45th American leader criticizing racism, sexism and xenophobia which the President elect made mainstream during his campaigns. Demonstrations have taken place in several American cities that include New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Manhattan, among others. Carrying signs that read “NOT MY PRESIDENT”, demonstrators marched past Trump Tower, where the president-elect lives and is currently trying to form his government. Nonetheless, congratulatory messages have continued to flock in, from various heads of states including those from Africa. Most have sent messages using their twitter accounts. The first was Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. It read: “Mr@realDonaldTrump, on behalf of the people of Burundi, we warmly congratulate you. Your Victory is the Victory of all Americans,” The second was Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama. He tweeted: “Congratulations President-elect Donald J. Trump.” . The third African leader was Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli. “Congratulation President-Elect Donald Trump and the People of America. Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation,” Magufuli’s tweet read.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also posted his message to Mr Trump on his official tweeter handle. “I congratulate @realDonaldTrump upon his election as USA president. I look forward to working with him like I’ve done with his predecessors,” read the tweet. Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Hassan Sheikh of Somalia followed. “I sent congratulations statement to the US President-Elect, Donald J Trump for being elected as the 45th president of the United States,” Hassan Sheikh’s tweet read. Nigerian President Mahamadou Bahari also sent his message on twitter. “On behalf of the Govt and people of Nigeria, I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory in the US presidential election,” read Bahari’s tweet. In his message to the new American leader, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe said that he is ready to work with the Republican administration and hoped that President Trump would restore the relations that existed between Harare and Washington. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the U.S. presidential election and said he hoped his election would unleash a new era of closer ties with Washington. The government of South Africa issued an official statement in which President Jacob Zuma affirmed the country’s resolve, to build stronger relations between the two countries. He underlined that South Africa looked forward to working closely with the new administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent. Despite the many congratulatory messages, Mr Trump’s victory could mean a nightmare for Africa. Analysts in Africa have expressed fear that Mr Trump’s victory as the most powerful president in the world means that no place of the globe will be immune from the consequences of his victory.