THE world is still reeling from the shocking news that the maverick Republican billionaire businessman Donald John Trump is the next President of the United States of America. Fate can be cruel sometimes. How many
Africans ever dreamt of that possibility? Today the continent is in mourning to imagine what prospects it has with not only the Republicans in the White House, but Donald Trump! While we cannot begrudge the unsurpassed free spirit of the United States where even a no-hopper can be lifted from obscurity to world fame if only he or she tries very hard, Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton has left many African leaders shell-shocked. With the Democrats in the White House, Africans always felt secure, and ready to receive support from the world’s no.1 Superpower. The 8-year rule of Barak Obama will forever be remembered for America’s generosity in the partnership to fight HIV/AIDS and climate change and the struggle for economic development. For Africa and the Third World who depended on Big Brother for most things, sadly the honeymoon is over. As we congratulate the President-elect for his resilience, bullish persona in the face of such heavy odds and a brilliant election campaign, we cannot escape the feeling that Americans really know how to let everyone down when it matters most. How could they elect such a man as leader of the world’s leading military, economic and technological nation? It is not only Africans who are jittery about the triumph of Donald Trump. A top US television anchor man remarked yesterday: “If Donald Trump is going to do what he says he will do, we’re going to have a lot of trouble.’’ Another American political commentator, referring to his campaign rhetoric, said: “His supporters listened to that garbage and believed him.’’ Africans, like everyone else, are dead scared with Donald Trump in power in Washington DC. In the first place the prospects of world peace and social advancement look dim. It is quite clear the man is a warmonger, going by his view of the world. Trumps victory sent global markets into mayhem as analysts mulled over the uncertainty shrouding the world over his unpredictable, Cold War-era foreign policy and what they perceive as his unstable, erratic personality. The million-dollar question is: How will Donald Trump deal with the rising militarism of Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin and his new military strategy of testing America’s resolve in the world’s hot spots such as Syria and Ukraine? Are we headed for another Superpower confrontation in Syria similar to the Cuban crisis of 50 years ago? Even worse, will Trump tolerate the arrogance and militancy of the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un whose publicly stated official policy is to make a nuclear warhead powerful enough to ‘’rip apart’’ the heart of America? What will be his policy towards China? These are the fears gripping the world today and they are real. What surprises political pundits about the result of Tuesday’s US election is that the American economy has excelled under the Democrats since Bill Clinton. The economy is booming, this month’s employment figures are impressive and the US dollar is untouchable. It was expected that Hillary Clinton, who was going to make history as the first woman president of the United States, was going to put the icing on the US economy’s cake. It seems Americans, although claiming to be the champions of gender equity and equality, have no faith in the leadership of a woman. After being the favourite since the beginning of the campaign up to the day of the election, the scale and depth of her loss was staggering. No wonder her supporters wept openly when reality dawned that their candidate had lost. Some must have wondered why Donald Trump kept griping about the US election being rigged. Could it be he was right?