US Election 2020: What it Means for Africa

US Elections 2020
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The American Presidential election is at its peak, and this has an ocean of views and emotions with it. People all over the world are glued to the news outlets and analysis are ongoing.

Tension is high in several American states with a large number of immigrant residents as shopping centres close down for safety. The situation looks unpredictable, and most are scared for their businesses in what they term as the first “African election”.

This comes with the picture African politicians have painted over a period of time by clinging to power and opposing results which has been the mark of so much violence on the continent.

In a country like Kenya, where elections are no mean feat, analysts and youth have taken to social media and state the highs and lows that come with an initial complaint from one of the competitors.

This is after Incumbent Donald Trump registered his discomfort and claims that votes from his side have been interfered with. A lot is so much undecided as counting is still in process. And the race as it looks like is a tough one.

People of colour have had it tough this year and the previous ones in Trump’s term with a high number of assaults, deaths and racial discrimination reports. The biggest one which was condemned worldwide was the death of George Floyd by a police officer. This shows a huge stain marked in Trump’s legacy if this will be a take-home tale.

It is evident that none of this is stopping the minority groups from chasing the American dream as an impressive number of them have hit the victory line.

In a statement across her socials, second-time Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar of Somali descent says “We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted. Together. Today’s vote – the results of this election – are not the end.
This is just the beginning.”

Ilhan Omar and her “squad” consisting of fellow Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez among others have been assertive voices in their assembly. They have even gotten a word of ridicule from the President.

This election will be a large determining factor for Africans and Diplomatic relations between them and the United States.

The whole world awaits.