Meanwhile, Trump is considered antagonistic to Kenya. The hashtag #SomeoneTellDonaldTrump became popular in Kenya last year after Trump made derogatory remarks about Kenyan athletes. Kenya is also one of the top recipients of US aid, which Trump has called for reducing. Kenyans comprise one of the fastest-growing immigrant communities in the US, a crucial source of remittances back home, a trend that could change if Trump cuts down on immigration.

“Trump’s obsession with and attraction to the ‘nativist’ movement, which frowns on foreign entanglements, does not augur well for improved US-Kenya relations,” says John Mukum Mbaku, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Africa Growth Initiative and a professor of economics at Weber State University in Utah.

Some Clinton supporters in Kenya see her as only the lesser of two evils in an election that has dented America’s reputation here. The presidency of Barack Obama, whose father hails from Kenya, has been a source of pride for the country over the last eight years. (Obama, as well as Clinton, are popular first names for children here.)

“This election has made me realize the US is not the wisest of countries I thought it to be,” says David Baruch Otieno, who works in development in Nairobi.

Trump’s accusations of election rigging and casual dismissal of fundamental democratic processes uncomfortably echo those of despots in Africa and elsewhere clinging to power, as illustrated recently by Kenyan political cartoonist Gado:

A Clinton win could also be a source of inspiration in Kenya, which has never had a female president. Wilson Lereete, 24, named his first child, a daughter, Hillary. Lereete, a farmer and math teacher in Samburu County in northern Kenya, first noticed Clinton during her race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

“Most people do not like female leadership, especially here in Kenya. That’s why I gave my daughter that name because I want her to be a leader when she grows up and to challenge people,” he says. “She might even become president.”

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