Nigerian Igbo’s misguided love for Trump, how limited understanding can affect our worldview – Perspectives by Simon Ateba, Washington


Some Igbo people in Nigeria due to extreme lack of exposure tend to support Donald Trump erroneously thinking he likes Igbo, Biafra or blacks. And so it was a big shock to them when Trump blocked the nomination of former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first African and first female head of the World Trade Organization.

President Trump
President Trump

She is an extremely qualified Igbo indigene with global experience. Trump is also fighting the World Health Organization mainly because the head of the organization is black and from Ethiopia. He also wanted to remove Akinwumi Adesina, the head of the African Development Bank with a fake corruption investigation, even after the first investigation failed. Adesina also is black and from Nigeria.

Although Trump has overseen the worst coronavirus response in the entire world with 230,000 Americans dead, and more than 9.1 million others contracting the deadly virus, some of our Igbo friends claim he’s such a competent leader even though an American dies of COVID-19 every 107 seconds.

How can the United States be the worst in the entire world and some still believe the man in charge of the country is the best? That leaves me baffled with only one explanation – Lack of exposure and brutal propaganda.

These days, Trump calls coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ even though he kept praising President Xi for the ‘great job’ he was doing. He also blamed the WHO for not giving him the right information, even though he granted almost 18 recorded interviews as far back as February, and was told as far back as January that the coronavirus was more deadlier than the common flu.

He had the information on tape, he says himself in the recording with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward that he is downplaying the coronavirus. He had the information but hid it from the public.

When many Americans began to die, he began to blame from China to the WHO.

In any case, viruses can come from anywhere. The Spanish Flu of 1918 came from Europe and killed more than 50 million people around the world. Ebola came from Africa, and experts warned this week that 850,000 viruses are in nature and may wreak havoc if we do not do the right thing.

In the past 48 hours, close to 2000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19 and almost 100,000 new cases were recorded on Friday, that’s in just one day.

If a disease kills a thousand people in your country each day, will you say such a leader is doing a great job? Will you say that, especially when only 42k Africans have died from the same disease in a continent of 1.3 billion people, a continent such a leader calls shit-hole? Will you? Lack of exposure is bad, but arrogance not to listen to informed opinion like this one, is even worse.”

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him:


  1. This kind of backward thinking, ignoramus who spend their entire lives in front of those fake news media controlled by the globalist 1% like CNN, BBC etc.
    That is why despite the ongoing horror imposed on the people by the lifeless terrorists Buhari (dead and doubled), his likes never learn anything to stand and reject another imposition by thw same soulless clique and in fact stop at all cost the Obama third term!
    Only fools will not agree that most real Ogbos knows good and bad market from afar! Apparently, the fellow writing this crap can’t be of true Igbo blood like that imposters calling themselves Igbo and still calling ‘nigeria’ their country!

  2. It’s funny how you ASSUME we Igbo people are ‘misguided and you are some kind of prophet who knows it all. Yet all you blabber on about is COVID. COVID is not Trump’s fault. It has nothing to do with Trump. And i can bet you every penny that COVID was manufactured by democrats in alliance with the Chinese. More so, It’s our responsibility to take care of our health and wear masks and avoid social contact. If Biden wins, COVID will still be there.

    Now ask yourself why do we igbo people love Trump despite the fact that he banned Nigerian visas? First, Trump is undoing the damage around the world caused by years of Democratic nuisance. Nigeria is a fake puppet state run by Buhari’s government that was strategically put in place by the US Democrats and their UK cronies.

    Also, why didn’t you talk about the amount of human rights abuses in Sudan and Northern Nigeria? Trump has made a strategic move to ban Nigerian and Sudanese Visas to STOP Nigeria government officials and criminals coming into USA.
    Take a look at how Sudan has totally reformed their country for less human rights abuses thanks to Trump. Nigeria is next. TRUMP 2020

  3. The writer is the most hopeless I would ever come across. I mean, what is the connection between US WTO preference and the Chinese virus? Can there be any topic aside Trump and the Chinese virus? Mr Simon Ateba you are a typical Blackman without a soul. Whatever you get writing hopeless news about Trump would soon end; and unlike the Mainstream media with fallback mechanisms, you are going to be very lonely and broke; you won’t have anything to write about again. With people like you, one just wish one has a white soul! If you feel you as redeemable, search for my post: Vote Trump, Save Humanity: A Concerned Nigerian Makes A Desperate Appeal to American Voters

  4. I strongly believe that the write Simon Ateba is the very one ignorant and myopic here. Africans and the Igbo will always have reasons to support Trump as long as it might take. Let him go for his opinion and allow ours. Period. @#We want Trump”.

  5. I do not think or agree it is ignorance or lack of exposure as it is being alluded.Many Americans also think He is great so are they not informed as well?
    The truth is that not being a politicians gave him the audacity to question the status quo although He may not have handled one or two things well but He won the heart of a typical cultured Nigerian when the recklessness of the LGBTQ world was not checked by His predecessor and that was insensitive from Obama. Nigeria need someone who can question the status quo ang get Nigeria going so any world lead that exhibit such quality will attracts Nigerians generally not just igbo.


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