ONUMBA.COM, USA – That wise missive was from veteran conscious rapper Talib Kweli to Instagram. And the truth Kweli was caviling about and accusing Instagran of hiding from the people is that the Confederate flag represents racial hate. Count Talib Kweli, count Public Enemy (no longer active), count Anita Woodley, count Brother Ali and perhaps a bevy of others, and you are probably looking at the very extent of my love for rap, at least, the kind that I hear today. I just don’t care for it. And please understand me. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Polls this early in the presidential primary contest don’t really mean much to the candidates, but if you were Ohio Governor John Kasich, it might, at least, privately get you a bit excited knowing you are not polling badly in the one contest that potentially matters. No one knows for sure if Kasich is going to jump into the crowded race yet. But last week, he dropped an abundance of hints in favor of running for president, setting July 21 as the date he will officially declare his candidacy. Until then, officially, he is still thinking about it. But if Kasich is looking for something encouraging to nudge him over to the side of a decision to definitely get into the race, that is, if he is looking for a modicum of motivation, this might be it. A recent poll of 1,191 Ohio voters by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll showed that Kasich will defeat the presumed Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hilary Clinton 47-40 in Ohio in a one-on-one match-up. That was the best performance reported by the poll when compared to the other Republicans in the race squaring off against Clinton one-on-one. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Why the heck is everybody in Nigeria harping on President Buhari’s cabinet as though their next lunch depends on it? Shouldn’t we all be worried more about whether or not Buhari picks the right folks for cabinet jobs? I just don’t get it. Cabinet, cabinet, cabinet. Everybody is yackry-yacking about cabinet. That’s all you hear now. Not surprisingly, a cavalcade of the president’s apostolic foes are out there in full force caviling from the rooftop over his slow-poke approach to forming a cabinet, pointing to it and saying aha, you see, Buhari is intensely flummoxed and does not know his way forward. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – When Ibrahima Sow came to Columbus from Africa in 1998 with his mother, he was only 8 years old. Now, he could become a Councilman in just a few months. But Sow, who was a consigliere to former Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, got his work cut out for him trying to unseat Columbus city council incumbents, all Democrats. He knows that. He also knows that he is going to make huge history on multiple fronts if elected. What’s more important to the African immigrant from Senegal though, is not the history he will make if elected but the difference he hopes to make in the lives of many residents of the city he said are not currently well represented by City Hall. “There’s a huge population in the city of Columbus that does not have proper advocates, proper representation at the City Hall. That would be one thing to bring to the table,” Sow told Onumba.com, in a wide-ranging interview, recently. “We are going to bring City Hall to those that need it and make City Hall work for the people that pay for it.”
Sow, 24, is endorsed by the Republican Party. A recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and International Relations, he is one of a bevy of Republican candidates running for city council, hoping to halt the years of partisan monopoly of the city council by Democrats. Currently, and it has been that way for years, there is no Republican on the council. Sow, of course knows it is going to be an uphill battle dismantling the Democratic hegemony of the council, but he is counting on the force of his message, not politics, to catapult him to victory this November. He expressed the view that local politics is all about ideas that work for the people and not about the partisan ideologies that polarize them. Continue Reading
Onumba.com, USA – Before the NBA annual draft yesterday, there were endless effluvium of mock drafts, with basketball buffs eating it all up as speculations went into overdrive over whether Duke University’s pollux Jahlil Okafor would be drafted No. 1 overall. It was for the most part a toss-up between star centers Okafor and the University of Kentucky Karl Anthony-Towns, with Ohio State University’s ace guard D’angelo Russell in the conversation and rounding out the triptych of the coveted players largely favored to go first in the star studded draft. As the draft day approached, however, Anthony-Towns surged past Okafor as the favorite to be called first as the top draft pick. And sure enough, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – With all the republicans running for the White House, it is hard to say who is going to emerge as the frontrunner from that stampede to duke it out with the presumed Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. But one thing that is easy to conclude is this: running for the White House on the republican side is starting to look more like Boston marathon than a presidential contest considering the burgeoning crowd of candidates getting into the race. Just recently, four more Republicans entered the race. Highly touted pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former New York governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham and real estate developer Donald Trump, all threw their long shot hats in the ring, hyping their republican credentials and bringing the total number of Republican presidential candidates to …..a lot. The smorgasbord of choice of candidates is good for democracy. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA — If Nigeria was ever on the path of social and economic glory at one time, and somehow lost its mojo somewhere along the way, there’s good news: it just got back on that track with the recent inauguration of Mohammadu Buhari as president. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. BUT THERE ARE CYNICS
Yeah, yeah, I know, it easily sounds like a premature cockahoop mixed with hasty exuberance. We have been here before. That feeling is probably why for some, all of this is pregnant with a smorgasbord of unknowns. And for others, embracing a wait-and-see posture is a prudent course of reaction for now. I get it. I completely get the soft cynicism fed by the thinking, ‘we have all travelled down this road before.’ True, previous Nigerian leaders with shitty performance records also came preaching the sermon of social and economic deliverance on the mountain of hope and saying all the right things, promising succor and raising hopes for a better future sky high. The most recent of these pretenders is former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a military-civilian hybrid with a pugnacious demeanor, who before my eyes, gave a very believable speech full of optimistic Theravada at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio shortly after he took office. But after eight years as president, capped off by delusional acrobatic moves to cling on to power beyond his lawful duration (an effort which by the way blew up on his face like a dynamite and vividly exposed his power-gluttonous nature) all that Nigeria got from him was a profound pittance. For instance, all the talk about stamping out corruption, improving education, revamping the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, solving Nigeria’s power (electricity) shortage problem was just that ——- talk, blah, blah, blah and more blah, blah, blah. His administration failed woefully, featuring eight years of hollow shibboleths and impeccably packaged effluvium of lies that in the end produced absolutely nothing for Nigerians, just doldrums.
So yeah, I know all about empty promises, dashed hopes and looting galore. But guess what, in my opinion, and I have no doubt about this, Buhari is different. He is the absolute best man for the job today, bar none. Simply put, for Nigerians, his election as president is a sweet Christmas gift coming months in advance. FAITH IN THE NEW PRESIDENT
For the first time since I started paying close attention to Nigerian politics, political leadership, issues of governance, conundrums of poverty and challenges of national development, I can gleefully declare without equivocation my complete faith and support for a Nigerian president. It is a first for me.
All told, I just don’t trust Nigerian politicians, not even one bit. Their utterances are 99 percent balderdash. They are all full of shit. Naturally, I see them as a load of harpy and pestiferous boneheads, a gaggle of unpatriotic and pusillanimous buffoons, a pack of glib talking charlatans with the pedigrees of grand thieves (Great late Fela Anikulapo Kuti) and rapacious con men only good at turning government jobs into lucrative criminal enterprise. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Way to go Mr. President. Since Muhammadu Buhari took over as Nigeria’s new president, speculations have been beyond rife in Abuja and across the country about folks being considered for cabinet jobs. The heightened anticipation has given rise to all sorts of premature assumptions being fueled by an inpatient and pushy media, with some even moving forward with decision to publish their own list of cabinet members. Perhaps, they do that to sell their newspapers and magazines. Of course, it is common knowledge in a hopelessly corrupt Nigeria that being named to the cabinet is the quickest route to being stinkingly wealthy. Continue Reading
Onumba.com commentary It’s hard to understand why anyone, let alone a congressional aide, would stoop so low.
Call it boredom brought on by Capitol Hill Christmas season lull, call it partisan crapulence at its worst or just chalk it up as the typical rabid disdain for the first family that we have come to expect from a sorry gaggle of conservative screwballs these days. But whatever you end up calling it, there’s no denying the smorgasbord of stupidity that fed that kind of toxin. Continue Reading
Onumba.om —With the Midterm elections now over and the outcome being a nice ass thumping for Democrats, the Obama administration, perhaps, would have to adopt a whole new partisan posture against his victorious and tumid Republican opponents now threatening to dismantle all that he has achieved in the past six years while looking to thwart all that he plans to accomplish in the remaining two years of his administration. Continue Reading