Yesterday, America’s President Barack Obama announced a $7 billion pledge to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.
American real estate billionaire Donald Trump, on hearing the announcement took to Twitter and registered his displeasure. Trump tweeted: “Every penny of the $7 billion going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen – corruption is rampant!” Trump went on to tweet that Obama’s trip to Africa was a total waste of taxpayer’s money.
Ashish J. Thakkar, who we believe is Africa’s youngest billionaire (By Rand terms), was obviously displeased at the tweet.
So Thakkar tweeted at Trump: “This is a very ignorant statement – do not generalize us. We are not a ‘Country’ – we are a continent of 54 different countries.”
In a private message with Ventures Africa, Ashish continued, “The statement by Donald J Trump, that every penny of the $7 billion would be stolen is extremely ignorant. If he has travelled the African continent he would understand that this is a ridiculous assumption and that you cannot possibly generalise a continent of 54 countries. If you really want to generalise us then do so positively and not negatively. Today, most African governments are extremely committed to combating corruption, governance is increasing and overall Africa is going through an amazing transformation, which will make the continent prosper to become a world player.”