ONUMBA.COM – The treacherous road to peace and stability in the East African nation of Somalia could pass through Columbus where Abdulkadir “Fish” Ali officially kicked off his candidacy for the president of his war-battered homeland. Ali, who was the Chairman of the Somali Chamber of Commerce in Columbus, made his candidacy official last week at a rally held in Days Inn on E. Dublin Granville Road.
Before a group of friends and supporters, at an event bunting with Somali flags and patriotic songs, Ali urged his fellow Somalis in their native tongue to rally around his candidacy under the mantra: “2011 New Hope for Somalia.” If he prevails in his bid, he vowed to establish an effective government rooted in “honesty, integrity and accountability.” In his speech, Ali outlined some of his plans to steer Somalia out of the crippling conflict that has robbed it of an effective government for nearly two decades.
That conflict has shredded Somalia into a wreckage of despair, leaving its war-fatigued citizens dangling in brutal hostilities, which started in 1991 after the demise of strongman Siad Barre’s regime. “It’s time for a new leadership,” said Ali. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – When Rev. Comfort Kalu was planning the third anniversary celebration of the Fountain of Living Water Ministries International, she decided to gear the occasion in part towards an issue that’s hugely dear to her heart: ‘marriage.’
So she invited an expert all the way from the State of Washington, author Dr. Asopuru Okemgbo, to come and speak on the subject.
And Okemgbo didn’t disappoint.
Navigating through some of the biggest pitfalls of marriage, he identified a menu of factors he blame for weakening the pillars of an institution that has come under assault from a barrage of salvos. It has even come to a cusp where folks don’t even bother to get married anymore. They bypass it altogether, preferring instead to shack-up. What’s worse, society, even as it dangles morality as its foundational virtues, doesn’t even frown at that anymore because it has grown into an acceptable vogue. Apparently, the sense is, why say “I do” when many of the intrinsic bounties of marriage are also available to those who might as well be saying ‘I don’t.’ Single folks in relationships can do everything that married couples do: live together, have sex, bear children and raise a family, all while reserving the right to walk away from it all without any costly legal brouhaha which is often part of a typical divorce saga. Obviously, going that route makes the issue of divorce a mute point. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – It’s the kind of tragedy that’s mind-numbingly hard to imagine.
How in the world could a father take his rage this far? It certainly hammers home the point that domestic fights between grown folks, which are terrible enough for all involved, should never, ever involve kids.
Just keep them out of it. Sadly, it’s an advise that’s too late for little Jayden who was thrown into a ghastly saga that played out in a Columbus family last week. The 3-month old baby wasn’t just involved in a grown up fight; he perished in it. And it wasn’t even an accident. Rather, it was pure rage unleashed on an innocent baby by his father.
Quindell Sherman was involved in a fight with his girlfriend Sonia Mitchell outside of 1121 E. 16th Ave. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – Mahatma Ghandi’s words that we should be the “change we want to see in the world,” is probably no more than just a lofty cliché for a lot of people. But for one Columbus resident, it has become much more than that.
It’s also a call to action. Abdulkadir “Fish” Ali said that it’s time to rescue his war-battered homeland from the mean-spirited grip of politicians he characterized as “inhumane, unwise and heartless.” These folks, he said, have for years fanned the flame of a vicious conflict that has brought Somalia to its knees.
Yet, through it all, Ali, like other Somalis, paced the sideline with hands folded as their troubled homeland ravaged in deepening squalor. But that was then. In an interview last week, the 52-year old Ali told the Call & Post that he has seen enough. Continue Reading