The hashtag Trump started trending on Twitter in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa after the social media platform blocked the US president following the chaos at the US Capitol
Africans are astonished at the disarray around the US seat of power especially those familiar with the playbooks of leaders who refuse to concede defeat, carry out coups, or incite political violence.
While the continent’s current leaders stayed mute about Wednesday’s events in Washington, former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan gave a stern rejoinder to Trump.
The average African seemed unable to resist having a little fun at the expense of the outgoing US president.
“Trump should just pull off his mask and tell us which African country he’s from,” a Twitter user in Zambia remarked.
Trump never visited the continent but famously called African nations “sh**hole countries” in 2018. He also made unkind comments about prospective immigrants to the US from Nigeria.
Some Nigerians drew parallels to what has happened in their own country.
Nigerian Salihu Yakubu told DW’s Hausa service that “America’s present democracy is no different to Africa’s.”
In South Africa, Floyd Shivambu, deputy to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader Julius Malema, sparked lively discussion after he put his thoughts out on social media.
The EFF is notorious for its spectacular disruptions of proceedings in the halls of power.