Zapiro's cartoon about Donald Trump
Zapiro's cartoon refers to previous comments by Donald Trump, who in April 2016 said he would "have the guts" to drop an atomic bomb Zapiro

As African users took to social media to joke about Republican Donald Trump's victory in the 8 November US presidential election, several of Africa's most renowned cartoonists picked up their pens to give their take on what a world under Trump's leadership might look like.

In February, Trump may have promised he would lock up Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe "in prison" if he got the top job, but African leaders, who were under pressure from Barack Obama's administration to improve their governance, warmly welcomed Trump's victory.

It was not long before African cartoonists Gado, Yalo and Zapiro posted their humorous illustrations on social media. IBTimes UK collates the best ones.

Godfrey Mwampembwa, whose pen name is Gado, made a cartoon depicting a doctor wearing a white coat on which is emblazoned the word 'Democracy'. The bespectacled doctor is seen speaking to a patient whose head is a round earth with what looks like a tumour in the form of Trump. The doctor says: "There is nothing I can do about that growth at the moment... We've to wait for 4 years and see!"

Political cartoonist Gado was a contributor for more than two decades for Kenya's largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, for which he regularly drew cartoons about local regional and international issues.

Yalo: You are fired!

In his post-election cartoon, South African Sifiso Yalo − pen name Yalo − referred to The Apprentice, a TV show in which Trump appeared and for which he became known for his fateful catchphrase: "You're fired!"

In his colourful cartoon, Yalo depicts America's most familiar icons Uncle Sam next to Trump, sitting behind what appears to be the Resolute desk in the Oval Office. Pointing his finger, Trump is shown saying "You are fired!" to three characters − a black member of the liberal media holding a paper reading 'Trump critics', a woman carrying a 'Feminists' placard, and a black worker with a pickax and a toolbox marked 'Migrants'.

Fellow South African Jonathan Shapiro, known as Zapiro, recreated Edvard Munch's famous expressionist painting, The Scream. In Zapiro's version, the male figure with the agonised expression has been replaced by a map of Africa and Trump is seen, mouth wide open, below the tumultuous orange sky.

In reference to fears over Trump having the nuclear codes and previous comments that he would "have the guts" to drop an atomic bomb, his famous yellow locks turned into mushroom clouds formed by what one can imagine being an A-bomb.

Zapiro has been a regular contributor to the South African Mail & Guardian newspaper since the 1990s and often draws about the American president elect's perceived similarities with African leaders.

In May, Trump comments went viral on social media after he lashed out at African heads of state and condemned a proposed African mass exodus from the ICC.

"When I saw them gang up against ICC, yet they can't even find an amicable solution for the ongoing quandary in Burundi, I thought to myself: 'These people lack discipline and humane heart.' They can't lead by example. The only thing they are interested in is accumulating wealth from poor taxpayers," Trump told reporters in Nebraska, lumping all African presidents together.

"Before they think of exiting from ICC, they should first restore peace in Burundi and other war-torn countries rather than gathering like hyenas with the aim of finishing [off] the poor people."