Nov. 2 (GIN) – On the eve of a possibly altered political landscape in the U.S., one U.S.-resident Nigerian, “glued to the TV”, as votes rolled in, recalled the current plight of his ancestral home.
“I know America has taken more than 232 years to be where she is today, and that Nigeria, 50 years after independence, still has a long way to go,” observed Dr. Wumi Akintide. “…. But when I remember little countries like Singapore, South Africa after years of Apartheid and even tiny countries like the State of Israel which was only founded in 1948… I see some sense of urgency in complaining about Nigeria.
“ Two years ago, a black candidate the least expected to win a presidential election was suddenly swept into power in the greatest country in the world,” he wrote on the website SaharaReporters.com “It is something nobody has predicted could ever happen in our life time, but it did, pretty much like the second coming of Jesus in a Tsunami of an election and a tidal wave that changed America forever.
“That is the kind of Tsunami Nigeria needs.”
Elizabeth Kuranchie-Mensah, writing on the BBC website, observed: “ Africans will continue to love and admire Prez. Obama – after all the first Black American President. ..Prez Obama has a mission and he is visionary…. Americans should just relax for our man to get things done the way it will benefit the good of all. Patience is more precious than “GOLD”.
Ismail Rashid concurred. “Ultimately, Barrack Obama will continue to enjoy a lot of solidarity from Africans, and peoples of African descent in the U.S. and around the world. His political achievement -even though it has not yet been translated into concrete change for them – still has a great symbolic resonance, especially in showing individually and collectively how far peoples of African descent have traveled in the last century.”
And “MelodySystem” wrote the following: “We still support the bro. He is the man of change. Africa for Brother Barack!” w/pix of international observer at Chevy Chase polling station, Virginia