The Trump administration, with all it’s being blamed for not doing for Africa (as if it is the duty of the [any] US administration to do anything for Africa) has been an unintended humongous blessing to Africa and the political forces that dominate the continent.
For the most part, the Trump administration’s attitude towards Africa has helped the possibility of the phenomenon of what I term as “intra-national-political hegemonisation”, that is, a situation in which the ruling and dominant political and power groups within African countries ensure, by and through all means necessary and possible – ideological chicanery and/or the threat of, or indeed, use and application of force and violence – they have their views and interests dominating the political arena.
The surge of the phenomenon of “intra-national-political hegemonisation” in Africa is largely done under the, needless to mention, false pretext of “putting the country’s interests first“. Or, rather, with and in a more continental grandeur “Africa first.” evoking Trump’s chest-thumping signature claim – “America first“- made while attempting his shot at the US high office. A phrase, although not originally first used by Trump and his administration but has certainly been brought back into political discourse and amplified by Trump and has since been claimed by many other, mainly authoritarian polities across the world as a way to justify or cover up their horrid abuses of power.
This “African Trumpism” and Trump’s own apparent ‘lack‘ of interest in African politics but certainly not in Africa’s economic resources, has allowed African ruling power groups and their interests to dominate the African political discourse, with an authoritarian streak, claiming, of course, to “put their countries’ and Africa’s interests first”
It has also, although not surprising in the least bit, allowed and helped the same dominant ruling power groups, without the fear of much interference and threats of embargoes of whatever nature – especially if the US interests aren’t immediately and directly or indirectly threatened – at least for now – from the US administration, to consolidate, concentrate and centralise power in either an individual or a small group at the top.
This phenomenon of “intra-national-political hegemonisation” creates and allows the kind of formidable political power and force for the dominant ruling political power groups, or the dominant ruling individuals, and has thus made it possible for the creation of “political dynasties” on the continent of Africa by some of the dominant ruling political powers. As a result of Trump’s and his administration’s show of less interest, at least on the outset, to what happens in Africa and its politics, the dominant ruling power forces in Africa are taking advantage of this and busy creating or plotting for the creation of political dynasties.
In summary, those who stand to gain from the current “intra-national-political hegemonisation” in Africa will certainly appreciate Trump and his Administration as a humongous blessing in disguise, without doubt. They will treat Trump and his administration as, so to speak “manna from heaven“
While those who stand to lose as a direct or indirect result of the current “intra-national-political hegemonisation” of [the] African political sphere and its affairs, those who will either be its intended or unintended victims – who will be victimised by what happens – will possibly forever consider and curse Trump and his administration as and for a disaster – an unforgivable failure, perhaps in their own view but only they alone, can possibly articulate more than anyone else can pretend to. And they will more likely blame him and his administration for their [future] predicament than they will likely blame their own authoritarian African “Trumps” creating political dynasties that are essentially the cause and making of their troubles.