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US elections: How Nigerians started the #Nov8AfricanEdition trend and the 50 most hilarious tweets

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US elections: How Nigerians started the #Nov8AfricanEdition trend and the 50 most hilarious tweets

A hilarious hashtag – #Nov8AfricanEdition – trended on Twitter on Tuesday as Nigerians took to the social networking site to make jokes about the forthcoming US election using Nigerian and African realities.

The hilarity of the tweets aren’t just due to how it reflects on the conduct of elections in some countries in Africa but also because of how the 2016 US election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton resembles an African contest in terms of the name calling, racist undertone, threats to lock up opponents, violence and allegations of plans to rig.

The hashtag and trend began with this tweet from @gidimeister:

 

 

And then @rosanwo joined in:

 

Ever ready to trend hashtags, @Nwankpa_A suugested this:

 

And after a little back and forth, they settled on:

It’s taken a life of its own now. Below are the funniest tweets:

 

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