Trump’s Presidency: Fears & Expectations of Africans in the Diaspora

It is no longer news that the US Presidential election was won by the Republican Party nominee Mr. Donald Trump, a business man with little political experience. He defeated Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was also a former first lady and US Senator. The outcome of the election came with surprises, and disbelief. Hillary Clinton won 61,998,843 votes (47.8%) against Donald Trump’s 60,328,203 votes (47.3%) but Trump won with 290 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 232 votes.

The president elect, Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office and be sworn in as America’s 45th president on January 20, 2017. Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court will administer the oath on the steps of the United States Capitol Building.

Wazobia Global Times Newspaper spoke with African resident in United States and other parts of the world regarding their fears and expectations regarding the Trump administration.

“Though the victory was a major setback, but the American congress will checkmate his activities. I believe that he will not carry out all those things he said during his campaign, he may end up being one of the greatest American presidents.”

-Kwame Ayei, a Ghanaian based in Texas

“I am not a fan of politics, the election of Donald J Trump has solidified my hope in the ‘American Dream’. A place where a business man without prior political or military experience can become POTUS with hard work, dedication, resilience and criticism.”

-S. Rufus, a Nigerian in Michigan

“It is too early to conclude that Trump is going to carry out all his campaign promises, he might have said all those things just to get Caucasian votes but doubted it if he will be able to carry them out. However Africans and other minority groups should be prayerful and law abiding.”

-Samir Abaza in Califonia

“Africans here have the same fears as those of immigrants from other countries. They are afraid of his immigration and foreign policy plans, many believed that it may be difficult for Africans to get visa to study and school here compared with people from other continents of the world. I feel he will do well, the campaign is over, it is now time to settle down and govern. He cannot afford to put the country in chaos, so I implore him to focus on growing the economy with a view to creating more jobs for Americans.”

-Danladi Ahmed from New York

“I wasn’t surprised that Donald Trump won, in fact I saw it coming. I think the ruling party took people for granted and like we know, power belongs to the people so the people demonstrated this so Trump won. He knew what the people wanted and he kept telling them what they wanted to hear. He told them he will give them their country back, the support for him kept increasing day by day and he eventually won. I will implore him to rule with the fear of God and try to foster unity among Americans regardless of their skin color, class, or social status.”

-Maria Williams, a South African based in Chicago.

“Donald Trump is the new President of the free world whether we like or not, and he was chosen by the American people. He never forces anyone to go vote for him, everyone voted according to their will. Throughout this election campaign, I felt like Donald was honest even if he sometimes said mean things to people. I strongly believe that Donald will bring the American jobs back, stabilize the economy and make foreign countries trust America again. America needed someone different from the typical politician because all they do is make promises and nothing gets done. I can’t wait to see him signing fair deals with African nations, China, and Russia. AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

-Sardou Iradukunda, a Congolese based in Kalamazoo

“Until now, the rest of the world has looked up to the United States as the champion of democracy due to our respect for the rules of the game, whereby the loser gallantly accepts defeat. It was in conformity with this virtue that gracious Hilary Clinton magnanimously conceded defeat and congratulated the president-elect immediately after the polls. I humbly advise fellow Africans in America to fully embrace the new dispensation and to desist from any disparaging remarks against the person of the new President. Most religious tenets enjoin us to respect earthly constituted authority. Besides, no one person in my opinion is wiser or more patriotic than the other Americans whose votes, in a free and fair election, have been decisive on who should be at the helm of affairs. Politics is a game of numbers. If we minorities continue to be politically sidelined, the least we can do is for us to impress it upon our local representatives to advance our cause as much as possible at the centers in Lansing here in Michigan and in Washington. We cannot expect the majority to neglect their own partisan interests and focus primarily on our own.”

-Hon. Francis Awosika, a community leader based in Westland

“When he starts acting as president, all these things he said that he is going to do, build a fence and deport many people, will not be possible without the support of the Congress. Our people have no reason to fear provided we obey the law of the land.”

-Ikechukwu Iroha, based in Maryland

 

No doubt about this, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of United States of America means many things to many people. However, the fact that you can aspire and succeed once you are determined is very inspiring. The direction of Trump’s presidency will be fully unveiled after the swearing in. We join all Americans in hoping for better days ahead.

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