I'm With Her, I Stand By Her: The American Election and Lessons For Nigeria.

By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju "Mum, I woke up to the news of a Trump Presidency. What has the world become? Those were the words of my 1...


By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju


"Mum, I woke up to the news of a Trump Presidency. What has the world become? Those were the words of my 11 year old daughter on Whatsapp as she sent it to me yesterday. Her words were mature, jarring, searing and very poignant. Indeed what has happened to the world? America now faces protests, I can't recall that happening in over 20 years if at all it happened before in history. Chief Executives are facing serious questions from employees on technology and specialty visas. America feels uncertain. Jitters went through the financial world.

For me, November 9, 2016 was the second saddest day of my life. It was as though I was bereaved. It was a kind a death. A tugging kind of feeling. Is this America? Is this my America? Is this the America where I went as a Pupa, in a cocoon, inert, undirected and emerged as a beautiful butterfly who flapped its wings to the delight of the world? This America is unrecognizable! The America where voters lied to pollsters because they are ashamed of their choice. A closeted America fed on racism, sexism and debilitating fear of a change that is guaranteed to come.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the hillbillies. I wrote about the political ideology of America as distinct from the politics of the urbanites. I understand their angst. America is changing. The world is changing. The threat of loss of identity is sweeping through the world. Ethnonationalism and ethnoculturalism is sweeping through the world in response to the swirling amalgam of globalization.

Immigrants like me, fueled American anger. I am not the picture perfect immigrant, America had always known prior to the technology boom. I went to America to study like many on this wall who are now Americans. Worked in corporate America. We even got stock options and sign-in bonus. We bought houses, bought fancy cars, enjoyed vacations and sent our children to elite schools. The prosperity has left rural America in the dust with very little economic prospect. They see us and wonder how did it happen? How did we come here and made it so good within 5-10 years. They have forgotten that our skills and talents brought prosperity to America. The resentment is huge!

Yes, there is a lot that is wrong with America but I trust Hillary to fix it more than Trump. I am alarmed by rising premiums of Obamacare, I worry about security about the America my daughter will live in. I am also conservative in my views. I oppose abortion, same sex marriage and many others, but the Republican Party is not for me. I'm too compassionate about the human condition to allow disdain and bigotry to colonize my heart.

Trump's victory has questioned my beliefs and shattered my expectations about America. I will not be voting in American elections for a long time. I will redouble my efforts in volunteerism as soon as I set my foot on America soil. The next four years will be a difficult and tenuous one for me because men don't change. Trump will be Trump. My only hope, is that I have faith in American instructions and one man cannot hold a nation to ransom.

I wish America well with this choice. I pray for Hillary and I hope she heals soon. I will heal from this and I have learned from this. Nigeria must also learn from this? Nationalities within Nigeria will fight to retain their identity and boundaries. Secondly we must watch out for the rise of rabid populism by leaders who have nothing to offer but a shot at power by taping into the anger and resentment of the working poor. It is the new wave of identity preservation sweeping the world.

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