Donald Trump – An ignorant billionaire!

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Before 2008, during President Barack Obama’s first win as the president of America, I used to be a big fan of Donald Trump. Had a couple of his books, followed him passionately on twitter, retweet most of the things he tweets, and also study some of his business concepts. Most of this likeness and personal attachment changed during that period, after I dig deeper to understand the kind of man he is and the things or rather ideals that he stand for.

Donald Trump for those of you who do not know the man is for one, a billionaire. He is an “American” business magnate, television personality and an author. He is the chairman and president of “The Trump organization” and the founder of “Trump Entertainment Resorts”. His extravagant lifestyle and role on the NBC reality show – The Apprentice, made him a well-known celebrity who was number 17 on the 2011 FORBES Celebrity 100 list.

That is the portfolio occupied by Mr Donald Trump. A man who acquired over 65% of his wealth from his father’s business empire. Added to that portfolio, is that the man is an “ass”, a “racist” and a “hypocrites”. He fought insanely during Barack Obama’s emergence as the 44th American president and the first black president in America. He called Obama counts of unprintable names and made some derogatory and condescending remarks about him, his office and then his linage. These are however not my concern right now or rather not the reason I choose to take upon this topic today. My aim is to address Trump’s condescending remark about Africa and Africans.

Obama’s recent visit to a few African countries was for amongst other reasons, to assist the government of the day in strategizing for a better alternative ways of providing better living for their people as well as helping out through the $7 billion pledge, provide sustainable electricity power grids in sub-Saharan Africa. Few hours after he made that statement, Donald Trump went haywire via his twitter page and began making comments like “Every penny of the $7 billion going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen – corruption is rampant!” he went further with tweets like “Your thoughts on Obama’s trip to Africa? A total waste of taxpayers money! $100 million”, “Obama should concentrate on providing employment for youths in America as well as invest here, not going to waste it in Africa”.

The statement by Donald Trump that every penny of the $7 billion pledged by Obama will be stolen tells me one thing, that Trump may be a billionaire but still very ignorant about other continents most importantly Africa, and needs to do a bit of traveling. The way I see it, he’s just a local champion, until he steps out of America to play in the international community, he has not yet done anything and will possibly remain shallow in his thoughts and actions.

One too many times I have said this, Africa is not one country. It is a “continent” of 54 countries and if that is the case, how dare Trump generalize issues.

In case he doesn’t know, let me break it down for him. Most African countries today is going through a new phase. The governments seeking for new ways to combat corruption; governance increasing and in near future, Africa will be the only continent left to provide succor to others.

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  • But he is correct na! Every penny in that project will go into personal pockets of African leaders whose country are suppose to benefit. Haba! Why are you acting like this now, so you mean to tell me if that money should find itself to countries, like Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Togo, the 2 Sudans and many more that money can be explained how it went the leaders of these country?

  • My point Chris is that, you can’t judge a community based on the single error of an individual in that community. Africa as a continent has 54 countries in it, what makes you think all leaders of this 54 countries will all act alike? Moreso, there is a new wind blowing right now in Africa, a wind of change and yearn for improvement. These people are more corrupt than even some of the African leaders only that they shout out first to their corruption in order to conceal theres.

  • But we are students of history, and precedence is firmly stacked against us. Until we managed our own money and resources, I dont expect others to trust us with theirs. That being said, the way Donald said was a bit too harsh and condescending…

  • By my opinion Mr Trump is very correct as most times money has been voted to this country for assistance by Bill Gate Foundation, Actionaids, WHO, UNICEF, even the recovery of Abacha’s loot etc came to us but in the end Nigerian leaders cannot account for how the money is been spent rather enriching themselves at the expense of the poor. Our leaders are not developmentally conscious and do not have a good intention for this great nation.

  • joy

    my brother Jeff, I know you re trying to be patriotic and I agree with you that some people can be very selfish, but is Mr. Trump wrong? the man is only protecting his tax because I can sure you that 60% of that money will develop wings and fly into the thin air in Africa, so don’t blame the man too much, blame the African leaders instead.

    • Jeff Okoroafor

      My dear Joy, African leaders has been blamed and are still being blamed for all their actions and inactions. But these people, the likes of Trump should understand that we are a continent of 54 countries nd that we all will never act alike at any given point in time.