Whereas the African Union has unanimously and angrily demanded that US President Donald Trump retracts his comments about their countries, reaction on social media seems to indicate that many youth on the continent agree with Trump's description of their countries.
It was widely reported on Thursday that Trump, in a meeting with US lawmakers, questioned why his country has to take in more immigrants from Haiti and ‘shithole’ countries from Africa, rather than countries such as Norway that would offer trade and foreign policy deals to his country. Trump admitted to using tough language in the said meeting but denied using derogatory language.
Many youth on the Africa continent, pointing to the corruption, political assassinations, bribery, under development, nepotism, self-inflicted poverty among others in their countries say that Trump is right. Here are some of the reactions.
I’m a future Doctor.— Señorita 🌸 (@AF_ROdisiac) January 12, 2018
I’m a medical student.
I have 3 degrees.
I speak 3 languages.
I‘m published in Psych-Oncology.
I’m a member of Zeta Phi Beta.
I’m from a #ShitHole country! 🇸🇸 pic.twitter.com/NXeQCjhLTH
Maybe once and for all Africans can stop looking for the American dream and focus on building the African dream. Guard our resources, be united and good to one another so we don't need these people who continue to disrespect & undermine us #shithole— Floridah R Mapeto (@floridahmapeto) January 12, 2018
A lot has gone bad in Africa sister, but I believe we can do something. Our leaders have totally failed us that's why we would always get remarks like this from a very #stablegenius. Africa needs to wake up and take care of itself and YES WE CAN.— Big Nitch (@BigNitch1) January 13, 2018
'Shithole' counties stink of corruption, tribalism theft of public resources, electoral fraud n self-imposed underdevelopment. Trump is right about us.— Edward Kisiang'ani (@ekisiangani) January 14, 2018
If Kenya is not a shithole, let @KeNHAKenya cancel that $3billion new Mombasa-Nairobi expressway bribe for @BobGodec.— Absorbent Observer (@geonal) January 14, 2018
Give it to one of Italy, Canada, Japan or China. Better results, less slave-dog treatment.
Let Americans go build their heaven.
Trump is Americas problem not Africas. African leaders that do not sincerely love thier countrirs are the enemy. Until Africa falls in love with its self all that wealth will remain abstract.#Africa #Trump #minerals #Kenya #shithole pic.twitter.com/RPORVeE21h— Muturi Kanini (@Muturikanini) January 14, 2018
Kenya is a Shithole country.. How is this fact debatable?— Joji (@Chemuna_) January 14, 2018
Remember when Trump said Africa has shithole countries and you all blindly attacked him without thinking deep about it. Yes, by shithole he meant Kenya among others. https://t.co/v6kjLJQPav— UNDERRATED NINJA (@iamjoseh_) January 14, 2018
Kenya is not a shithole country. That kinda mentality is the reason Trump and fellow colonialists succeed. By agreeing with them. We should be positive minded and strive to prove we aren't shitholes. Trump is the asshole.— D. B. Mubia (@dbmubia) January 14, 2018
But in Kenya we do have a shithole president,shithole government and shithole policies.For once have agreed with president Trump .Its a reality have to accept as a Kenyan— Khamati Godfrey( MD.Dr) (@Godfreykham) January 14, 2018
Trump says immigrants from shithole countries are bad for America whereas immigrants from northern European countries would be better. So Obama is from Kenya and Trump is from Germany. You do the math.— Lock him up! (@AgentZtheSecond) January 14, 2018
A Shithole Country is a country where 1%of the country's population is richer than 99% and that is Kenya. Don't throw tantrums Kenyans! pic.twitter.com/AfjMfmoSz3— Jahson Makili (@JahsonMakili2) January 14, 2018
Tbh, Photographers paint a picture of a Kenya that is a Las vegas part 2,but fail to paint the real Nairobi which is filthy, dirty, noisy. Kwa ufupi shithole. If I was to chose between living in Kenya and US, I'd go there very fast, like most people. Hii ni inchi ya mashida hii— Skinoo (@KIMANI_MOMO) January 14, 2018
Kenya is a shithole country corruption tribalism our politicians. @realDonaldTrump is right about us.— Ruthless Hunt (@Ruthless_Hunt) January 14, 2018
But @realDonaldTrump remarks about Africa are some how true, especially our country Kenya & it's politicians. Where police just kill innocent kids and women, politicians have siphoned taxpayers money through corruption and we still celebrate them. SHITHOLE— Clichy Skillz 🇰🇪 (@Clichy_Skillz) January 14, 2018
I am sure Kenya is not a #shithole— WALE (@waleolaN) January 14, 2018
Kenya really is a #ShitHole country where we have the same problems we had at independence only made worse by rampant Tribalism and corruption.— BlackandProud (@kungumaina1) January 14, 2018
Girls are mistreated in those arab states working as maids and still other girls are willing to leave Uganda to go work there. But Uganda is not a shithole country? Ok— Murungi (@mel_bae101) January 14, 2018
Are Ugandans still upset with President @realDonaldTrump reference to African countries as #Shithole? There is someone who moves with a mobile pit latrine everywhere in Uganda. Isn't that Shithole? #TUBALEMESE with their mobile pit latrine.— Ronald Muhinda (@RonaldMuhinda) January 14, 2018
At least we build latrines on highways
1/2 Thank you @Smith_JeffreyT for your honest take on the AU statement concerning #shithole statement by DJT.If you do a poll of young people in Africa,they will tell you how Trump in on 👌🏿point.look at slavery in Libya,failed Somalia,dictatorship in Uganda,DRC,Ethiopia,Gabon— Isaac Kiplagat (@DrKiplagatIK) January 14, 2018
30 years ago Uganda was at the same level with Singapore and Malaysia. Definitely a shithole https://t.co/0E77rIYwAG— Arimo💗 (@AbramRakim) January 14, 2018
@nwscug blames @UmemeLtd for water fluctuations whilst Umeme blames National water for loadshedsing! And @KagutaMuseveni says Uganda produces more power than it consumes. This is a shithole country indeed.— Rukirabasaija (@kakwenza) January 14, 2018
I am Yahya Osman, I did a degree from Amoud University, post graduate from Uganda and masters degree from Ethopia. I am a lecturer at Hargeisa and Amoud University. I am from Somalia 🇸🇴 especially #shithole countries. pic.twitter.com/YM0SuTyjZ6— Yahya (@yahyasomalia) January 14, 2018
Ok.Some Education Minister in #Uganda delegates her power to a country's speaker of parliament to go and start talking as if the duo belong to the country's opposition & then we go on wondering why some Maniac in the states calls us a #shithole country. https://t.co/NkxZ7RM5lD— ~Innocent~ (@Innocentt_T) January 14, 2018
I like how he was too honest with the #shithole fact. Just spot on.— Dennis Mugabe (@DennisMugabe) January 14, 2018
Does Africa or Uganda have a foreign commercial policy other than getting loans from Asia, that will see us get recolonised in the near future?
The shithole isn't about the beauty of Uganda. It's about the socioeconomic conditions of its people. As it stands, we can't even afford to enjoy that beauty you talk about. As others are progressing, we are getting poorer according to recent reports— Bantu Dragon (@DCalyne) January 14, 2018
Did I hear African Union? They can't be serious. Where were they when Uganda's Museveni was changing constitution to become life president, what have they done to DRC, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR and others. Shithole, that is what we are in Africa, simple.— Olayinka Mustapha (@Olafocus1) January 14, 2018
No sir! Trump is right. African leaders have destroyed Africa. Our citizens die in Mediterranean sea. No light, no water, no road, no food. It's story of war, hunger, disease and death. Sit tight leaders in Uganda, DRC, Cameroon, Burundi etc. Indeed, Africa is shithole sir.— Olayinka Mustapha (@Olafocus1) January 14, 2018
Future Hopeful Rwanda People's President #DianeRwigara is in prison just because she talked about Rwandan reality: #misery, #poverty, organized #assassinations by criminal #shithole Kagame Paul serial! This is what makes Rwanda a shithole forever under a shithole ruthless killer!— Muhire (@muhire534) January 14, 2018
Libya is a shithole. Zimbabwe is a shithole. Mauritania is a shithole. Madagascar is a shithole. Liberia is a shithole. Sudan is a shithole. Republic of Congo is a shithole. Democratic republic of Congo is a shithole. Should I continue??? Cameroon, Sierra Leone Rwanda etc— LebronLove (@jor689) January 14, 2018
I am black from Africa. I am still support @realDonaldTrump despite what he said. Look at DRC the Clinton with Kagame Rwanda are accountable of 6 millions people to take over coltan. DRC under Kabila is shithole country.— Bolingo Ya CONGO (@BolingoCongo) January 13, 2018
South Africa another " shithole " country where blacks oppress blacks and murder and crime and slums are a way of life. See what is there to be seen.— michael tarpey (@futureworld104) January 14, 2018
Beautiful and interesting are two different things. South Africa is a beautiful country but its being turned into a shithole by corruption and racism.— James Hayes (@LoveJuggernaut) January 14, 2018
yeah... no you're not...— Heka (@Heka) January 14, 2018
South Africa isn't a Shithole country. It has globally recognized universities and a powerful economy.
Keep purposely misreading Trump's comment though libtards.
There is no better word in the English language to describe the state of South Africa under the ANC rule like "shithole". There is very little to be proud off unless, like the ANC, we are all proud of this miss conduct & dishonesty of South African politicians & civil servants?— Bone Collector (@darkforest4u) January 14, 2018