In less than 24 hours, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. It is very glaring to the world that the 2016 presidential debate is one that has never been experienced before. To say that the election is unprecedented is an understatement as we have all witnessed the saga between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. With the race coming to an end today, I can only imagine who will win the election and what the future will hold, not only for Americans but for other countries directly connected to the US through immigration, business relationships and otherwise.
Africans make up a small share of the US immigrant population, but the numbers have doubled every decade since 1970. The number of African immigrants living in the US grew from 80,000 in 1970 to 1.8 million as of 2013, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. From this statistics, Nigeria tops birth places for African immigrants in the US.
Reminiscing on Trump’s speech in April when he mentioned that if he wins, Nigerians will leave; it is obvious that many Nigerian-American citizens will be voting Clinton today, likewise majority of other immigrants who have been offended by Trump’s anti-immigration speech. The Nigerian economy is heavily dependent on USA (dollar); many Nigerians flock into the States every year for education, medical treatments and business. The impact of this election will be greatly felt if Trump wins; many businesses will be affected. More importantly, the medical care and attention received in the States compensates for the poor Nigerian health sector and inadequate medical facilities. Pregnant women and nursing mothers testify that there is a difference with the care and professionalism in handling birth issues in US than what is received in Nigeria. The ease of doing business in Nigeria will be affected; with many multinationals flocking into African countries for investment, Nigeria seems to be the first point of call as Africa’s most populated country. If Trump’s heart desire is granted, we may just kiss goodbye to some foreign direct investments (FDIs). These are a few among many benefits that may be forfeited if Trump wins today.