American billionaire and presumptuous republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump may not necessarily have the convincing support-base from the black communities in America and around the world but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the forthcoming general elections in the United States against former First Lady and former Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton. His thought provoking rhetoric and uncontrolled outbursts have captured headlines worldwide drawing strong criticisms from opposition members and even members of his own political party, the RNC. For those of us living here in Africa, what effect does this whole "telemundo-like" saga of an election have on us and what do we as Africans and as Africa stand to gain if either candidates reach the White House come November 2016?
What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
For starters, the proposed temporary-ban of all Muslims entering into the united States proposed by Donald Trump is preposterous to say the least. Muslims make up 45% of the African population and a ban on all Muslims indirectly culminates as a ban on half the population of Africa. Alienating certain ethnic groups because of their religious backgrounds and Geo-location is undoubtedly racist and an act of racism if we're to be sincerely blunt with our review. It's an eyesore in today's leading democratic nation to see such a hateful and shameful approach towards the highest seat of office in world government.
Africa has always been friends and allies with the WEST, most especially the USA. We're extremely terrified and reasonably worried about who the next president of the United States of America will be. Africans are also skeptical about Democratic presumptuous presidential nominee Hillary Clinton solely because of the role she played in supporting the Libyan opposition movement - the National Transitional Council which ultimately led to the capture and execution of former Libyan leader Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi. Libya has since been in turmoil and is now a breeding ground for Islamic Extremists such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Asides from this, Hillary Clinton is a "friend of Africa" as was/is her husband, former president of the United States, William .J. Clinton.
Africans are well aware of the immigration and economical backlash that may arise from a President Trump or a President Clinton come November 2016 but one thing is certain, the support for Hillary Clinton here in Africa is far more stronger than that of Donald Trump's. Africans view current U.S. president Barack Obama as a role model and an iconic figure whose rise to power has inspired and continues to inspire many young Pan-African leaders into civic leadership and public service. We see President Obama as our successful big brother whose words, deeds and character are much to be desired. President Obama has taken 2,000 African Youth from 49 sub-Saharan nations to the U.S in the last 3 years through the Mandela Washington Fellowship; a flagship initiative of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative Network for intensive training on public management, civic leadership and business entrepreneurship. A positive step in helping young Africans take charge and responsibility of Africa's domestic and global growth.
Africans do not see the possibility of any of these human capital development programs seeing the day of light with Donald Trump at the helm of affairs. We have a better chance at continuity with Hillary Clinton as president. The republican presumptuous nominee has promised to build a wall on the Mexican boarder and has hit out against anyone who oppose this absurd notion. During a statement after the horrific Orlando mass shooting on June 12th, 2016, Donald Trump doubled down on his proposed plan to ban all Muslims (temporarily) and later declared his support for the LGBT community. But here's what's getting us so unsettled and unconvinced about his so called "support"; if someone can claim to support a certain minority in society, how can this same person turn around and attack a religious minority and ethnicity of fellow citizens of that great nation? For what it's worth; it's certainly better and more cost effective to build bridges (between ethnic, religious and sexually-oriented groups) than it is to build a wall between them.