Mills, Klein are new members of Columbus city council

ONUMBA.COM – The new look of the Columbus City Council finally emerged last week after Michelle M. Mills and Zachary M. Klein were sworn in as new members. 

Both were sworn in at the City Council Chambers on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Mills replaced Charleta Tavares who is now a state senator while Klein was appointed to the seat previously held by Michael Mentel, who recently resigned as council president to focus on his law practice and spend more time with his family. The new council President Andrew Ginther expressed confidence in his new colleagues. “I am certain that council members Mills and Klein will serve with distinction as we work to create an even better community to live and raise our families,” he said. After they were sworn in, both spoke to the about their momentous day and one issue of concern they would like to focus on. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the city of Columbus,” said Klein, who has a law degree from Capital University School of Law. Continue Reading


Pony up Halliburton: Oil giant to pay Nigeria $35 million to settle bribery case

ONUMBA.COM – When Nigeria filed a lawsuit on December 7 against former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney and oil company Halliburton, some probably dismissed the move as an ostentatious pursuit of the impossible. Well – it wasn’t.    

Rather, it was pay-up time. 

Halliburton has agreed to pay the West African nation the sum of $35 million to settle a bribery scandal which Nigerian officials said occurred when Cheney was the Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton. Cheney, 69, and ailing, was with the company before being elected vice-president of the United States under President George W. Bush in 2000. Nigeria accepted the deal even though a settlement of $250 million was sought. By accepting the deal, Nigeria agreed to rescind the lawsuit and all charges filed against Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and all entities and persons named in the case. 

This saga escalated after Nigeria’s anti graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, deepened its investigation of Halliburton activities in the country, probing Cheney’s role in the bribery scandal.       

Cheney, arguably the most powerful vice-president in the history of the United States, was the leader of Halliburton when a suspicious gas plant popped up in the Delta region of Southern Nigeria, prompting questions by Nigerian officials over whether Cheney and other Halliburton officials paid Nigerian government officials $180 million in “cash for contract” bribery to secure $6 billion contracts for the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant. Continue Reading


Ray Miller retires: praises rained on him for decades of service

ONUMBA.COM – One of the most productive legislators in the history of Ohio Ray Miller retired January 13, 2011. 

A throng of people braved the frigid weather that day to come and be a part of an event organized to pay tribute to him after decades of public service. The event was held at the Lincoln Theatre in the King – Lincoln District on the eastside of Columbus near the neighborhood where Miller grew up. 

“We salute his brilliance and his boldness,” said Bishop Timothy Clark, Senior Pastor of the First Church of God. In attendance were government, religious and community dignitaries including Rev. Leon L. Troy, Pastor Emeritus of the Second Baptist Church; Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman; State Senator Charleta Tavares; State Representative Sandra Williams; Columbus City Council Member Hearcel Craig; Ako Kambon, President of the Visionary Leaders Institute; Cheryl Boyce, former Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and others. Miller represented the 15th senatorial district in the Ohio Senate. 

State Senator Charleta Tavares spoke at the event. “I refuse to say he is retiring, because it is antithesis of who he is,” said Tavares, a longtime friend and colleague of Miller who replaced him in the Ohio Senate. Continue Reading

Seven ways you can tell that an African immigrant has been in the U.S. for too long?

ONUMBA.COM – It’s OK after sojourning in a foreign land to morph some, but a complete whitewash, an overhaul is something else.  To each his own, though. 

Here are seven signs that an African immigrant has been in the U.S. for too long. Can’t say his name right anymore

He no longer is able to say his name the proper way – the way he said it when he came here.  He now pronounces his name the way Americans would say it, therefore becoming a willing participant in the corruption of his African name. Frowns at African food

He doesn’t eat African food because he thinks it smells. English only rule

He is doggedly determined, even as he proclaims love for the culture and language from the rooftop, to keep his children from learning how to speak his African tongue. Whuzzup and all that comes with it

He still has his thick African accent, but his incessant quest to swap that with an American drawl leaves him sounding like a rambling oaf unable to communicate effectively and intelligibly. 

I’m no hood rat

He is now a blended creature who ostracizes himself from the African immigrant community, but ventures out every now and then to escape boredom in his new distant suburbia community. Continue Reading


Fraudulent Nigerian physician sentenced to prison

ONUMBA.COM – Dr. Charles C. Njoku, 61, the Nigerian-born physician who pleaded guilty to charges of committing medical fraud and having his office assistant, Veronica Scott-Guiler, practice medicine, will spend a year and a day in federal prison for his shenanigans. That was the sentence handed down last week by the U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley. 

Njoku, who owned The People’s Family Medical Center, with offices in two locations, Akron and Columbus, including one at 1279 E. Dublin-Granville Road, could have received 30 years in prison plus a fine of $1.5 million. His package of punishment includes three years probation, including one year of house confinement, and 416 hours of community service. 

What’s more, he and Scott-Guiler will reimburse the government the $131,995 paid to People’s Family Medical Center as a result of these fraudulent billings. Prosecutors had pressed for a three year sentence for Njoku.  But his attorney Walter Madison argued otherwise, contending that his client should have been spared of any prison time, noting Njoku’s “exceptional life.”

Indeed, Njoku has had that kind of life. But it all came to an abrupt end after his arrest in January, setting off a saga that belied the storied career of a man whose impressive resume helped him build a thriving medical practice after earning his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1979. 

In 1983, Njoku was licensed to practice medicine in Ohio. Continue Reading


Onumba Communications receives community award

ONUMBA.COM – TAWI Family Village, a Columbus group ferociously committed to promoting a way of life, education and cultural consciousness rooted deep in African ethos, organized an event to observe the ‘First Night of Kwanzaa.’ 

It was held at the Columbus Africentric School on Livingston Avenue on December 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  An enthusiastic crowd of community leaders, activists, parents and students attended the family clambake. It was jam-packed with activities, bunting with all kinds of cultural expressions, drumming, poems, storytelling, student performances, singing of the Black National Anthem, and community updates. One of the highlights of the gathering was the presentation of awards to eight community organizations that “have practiced Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility” in Columbus. Onumba Communications, publisher of, is proud and humbled to be a recipient of the Ujima community award. 

The staff and management of Onumba Media Group (OMG) would like to thank TAWI Family Village for the award, and most importantly, for the commitment it has shown over the years building a Columbus community and Black families rooted in Africentric culture, consciousness, respect and responsibility.  Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Continue Reading