Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic.
Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. “Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Burundi’s controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza – the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision to stay in power beyond a constitutional two-term limit- followed suit. “Your victory is the victory of all Americans,” he wrote on Twitter.
Buzz on social media
Social media platforms were abuzz with reactions just moments after the poll results were out. DW’s Kiswahili Facebook page showed more than 500 comments just 15 minutes after the announcement.
“President-elect Donald Trump has emerged the winner, but I fear for the future of the African countries and African Americans in the US. His policies are not friendly to our countries,” wrote Tanzanian Adam Ayo.