The United States under President Donald Trump has completely abandoned Africa, a continent Mr Trump has repeatedly disdained, calling its nations shit-hole and its citizens as people who live in huts, the huts they will never return to once they see and taste the American paradise.
Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton announced a new but empty U.S. policy for Africa last December, promising to reduce assistance for the United Nations’ missions in Africa and begin bilateral trade deals with individuals African nations while labeling China and Russia as threats to the stability and prosperity of Africa.
Those trade deals will never happen as they may take many years to negotiate while China continues to connive with corrupt African leaders to further plunder our resources, pump in more loans that African nations will never be able to repay, and take over our national assets when that happens. This is all happening even as China continues to hurriedly sign non transparent contracts for poorly executed projects across the continent.
It is true, most American Presidents have been greedy and repeatedly focused mainly on America’s interests, but most of them have often tried to balance interests and a heart, a good heart, an extension of a hand of friendship to 1.2 billion people on the continent, especially after the atrocities of slave trade by the West.
But not Mr Trump. He has repeatedly tried to denigrate Africa, mocking the continent as a place where his friends come only to get rich, and doing nothing to extend a hand of friendship.
But he is not the most anti-Africa President for all the reasons mentioned above. His constant support of dictators and his attacks on the media make him almost a threat to African people who continue to seek justice, equality and basic means of livelihood.
These days, many African leaders and rulers who have been in power for decades, or who replaced their fathers who were in power for decades, are using Mr Trump’s approach and words to label the media as fake news and the enemies of the people.
By destroying the media in the United States, he has given dictators around the world, and especially in Africa a more powerful tool to oppress their own people.
Who do we turn to now? Africans used to call on America when human rights were abused and the media were under attack. Not anymore.
At the State Department in Washington D.C., Africa has suddenly disappeared from the agenda. Virtually all the events that used to be sponsored by the State Department in Washington D.C. to further peace, democracy and security in Africa have disappeared.
Mr Trump, a businessman himself whose friends he said come to Africa to get rich, has failed to call American companies to order, the new tech and social media companies that make millions of dollars from the continent but pay no taxes. This has happened despite constant protests from this publication.
Besides, by constantly supporting white nationalism in America, Mr Trump is endangering the lives of all black people around the world. That includes many Africans in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as well as all those living and working in the United States.
But Mr Trump is not alone. At the State Department, officials treat Africa with utmost disrespect. Emails for inquiry or questions from this publication often go unanswered, even though many officials are being paid by the government to do exactly that.
Mr Trump might have been the one who said Africa is a shit-hole continent, but most American officials believe the same thing and their actions or inactions speak for themselves.
Americans go to the polls in 2020 to elect a new President, Mr Trump might win again or lose, but the damage already done, may take a long time to repair.
I was born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria’s most populous city of Lagos, and moved to Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level. From here in the American capital, I ask big questions to leaders around the world, and focus on business, investment and politics in Africa. Back in Africa while doing my job, I was kidnapped, dumped in the woods and left for dead but survived, only to be attacked at gunpoint by sea pirates, arrested by security forces and falsely accused of being a spy for terrorists. As the publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA, I do not have the budget of Fox News, CNN or Amazon. I raise money through donations on patreon.com/todaynewsafrica.