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Ethnic Africans immigrants congratulate Donald Trump for hard won victory

Dr. Sylvester Okere
Dr. Sylvester Okere
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BOSTON---Despite threats of a possible deportation force and repeal of Obamacare as previously proposed by the newly elected US president, many leaders and activists in the ethnic African immigrant community in USA have congratulated Donald J. Trump for his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton, favored by most in the fast growing community.

In a congratulatory statement sent to members and supporters for Hillary Clinton, Dr. Sylvester Okere of the United People for African Congress (UPAC) and UPAC Organizing for Africa (UOFA) pledged that Africans immigrants in USA have a duty to support work together with the new president to empower the lives of all.

"America is the greatest country of democracy and freedom of the world. As good citizens, it is our responsibility to continue to support and pray for the candidate who won the general election, Donald J. Trump."

"My sincere gratitude and thanks to all of you for your ardent support during this election. Thank you so much-we worked together to build a united, non-segmented organization (UPAC) without walls, to support, uplift and empower all Africans in the United States--Not only a certain section of Africans in the Diaspora regardless of religion, language, culture and belief. I truly appreciate your hard work and personally know how you feel today as Ethnic Africans. Remember though your hard word does not stop here," said Dr. Okere from Maryland.

He added that even with Trump's presidency, UPAC was looking forward to a unified African Diaspora community and America as a whole, s well as a better future for inclusive public prosperity and happiness that America has, especially marginalized Ethnic Africans.

"We hope that our New Elected President Donald J. Trump will lend his undivided attention to the needs of UPAC and its membership. UPAC is ready and willing to work with this new administration," he concluded.

Praising trump for his bold move, James Ngari Mukarara, a former New England Kenyan Association Secretary and ethnic Kikuyu music artiste, said that Trump has shown everyone that they need to be authentic in fighting for what they believe in--regardless of what they are told to do by leaders who just want to keep them under their control selfish benefits.

"Donald Trump has done an amazing job. Americans have clearly shown that they don't have fear of change like we do. They have shown that they cannot be led like goats to the slaughterhouse without even raising a finger. President Obama had done a lot of campaigning for Hillary but it did not work because Americans wanted to have a new person at the White House, not a continuation of Obama's policies they did not like by electing Clinton."

Ngari, who said he has been a staunch Trump supporter all along, revealed that he even had composed a song in support of Trump's candidature, long before the elections happened.

He said that Kenyans and other Africans in the Diaspora need to take Donald Trump's lead and step us to mobilize in the fight for what they believe in.

He said that Trump won because he is very genuine, did not pretend to be who he is not despite his shortcomings, and promised to give people what they have been asking for.

"Our biggest problem is having Nairobi mentality when still in America. We are a big enough community but cannot mobilize to have one of us in Congress. Many people in our community are full of fear and very hypocritical. They tend to hide in church where they feel safe in case they get an immigration problems that they will need others to donate for them. They don't want to come out in the community and be seen as fighting for their common good through elected officials in local and national elections," decried Ngari during a telephone call to Ajabu Africa News.

"If God said you will be deported then you will be deported, whether Donald is president or not. Kenyans in USA should know that US has progressed this much due to democracy, education and activism. There is a time for church and a time for civic activism through voting. If you ignore one or the other, things will not go well," he stressed.

The fearless Kenyan added that Trump's victory is also good lesson for African Americans who did not turn up in big numbers to support Clinton as they did for Obama since 2008, just because many harbored racist views of Trump to a point of staying home on Election Day.

"All African Americans believe that they have to be in Democratic Party in order to change their situation. That is why they do whatever they are told to do by DNC but not much have changed over the years as it should. This is why many African Americans in the battleground states failed to come out and vote for Clinton in big numbers as they did for Obama."

Mukarara added that new leadership is badly needed among African Americans since the ones who served with Martin Luther King Junior are still the ones telling the current generation what to do. Leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson now need to retire and let new younger leaders guide the American community if they are to succeed in eliminating all the problems they are facing, which is the same for African immigrants".

On social media, a few Kenyans expressed support for trump, while most remained in a state of shock for Clinton's loss.

Republicans will control the US House of Representatives, US Senate and the White House. Nothing like American politics. Republicans all the way!!," wrote Chuck Kagunye of Kenya.

"Remember that this is a democrat who says an opportunity in the Republican Party. I think he will be good for immigrants.Half the country believed that Obama's presidency marked the end of America that was nonsense.The other half now is telling us the same and I say nonsense," added Joseph Kariuki.

"America has spoken -Congratulations President-Elect Donald Trump. Thank you Senator Clinton for a great run. Thank you President Obama for 2008 and 2016 - A new era begins," said Voury Ignagongba of Chad, president of the Africans in Boston that works closely with UPAC in a face book post.

As Africans in the Diaspora continue to process and recover from the severe shock of Trump's win, they remained wary of what policies the new regime that will have control of all the three arms of the government- Senate, House and white House will institute to reverse many executive orders signed by Obama.

Of most importance is whether President Trump will reverse the immigration executive order on DACA as well as a policy directing immigration authorities to exercise discretion in determining those with expired Visa for deportation.

Others expressed fear of loss of health insurance policies obtained by for those with existing conditions under Obamacare-- should Trump's administration move forward with his promise to repeal it during the campaign period.