U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) wave next to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (2nd R) and his wife, First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, at the Union Building in Pretoria, June 29, 2013. Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS)

Multiple expectations on display as Obama Africa trip nears

ONUMBA.COM, USA – Believe it or not, being the first African-American president of the United States has its downsides. Since his monumentally historic White House win in 2008, President Barack Obama, fair or not, has had all kinds of special expectations piled on him by his trifecta of communities.  There are expectations from his African- American community and some more from his community in Africa. And please don’t forget the president’s Asian community connection made possible after his mother’s marriage to an Indonesian man who fathered one daughter with her, thereby blessing Obama with a half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. And then there’s Obama’s Jewish link by way of his father’s 1964 marriage to Ruth Baker, a Jewish woman of Lithuanian background, whose seven year marriage to Obama’s father produced Mark Obama, the president’s half-brother. And somewhere in that ethnic and racial melting pot, poor Obama, in addition to staying connected to the hodgepodge of communities that claim him, still has to serve as the president of the United States elected to meet the vast expectations of all Americans. Continue Reading


Buhari, a mugwump with a cause, no cabinet until September

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


Okafor, son of a Nigerian immigrant, set to start swimming in dough

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

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, introduces newly inaugurated Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, second from right, to Hakeem Olajuwon, left, NBA Legend and Olympic Gold Medalist, before the start of a formal meeting near Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

With Buhari, Nigeria is back

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


Lauten’s ill-advised rant is stupid

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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. Why oh why would a congressional acolyte go after the president’s daughters with such a callous and unprovoked vengeance, unleashing toxic admonishment that totally failed to take into account the innocence of these kids who never asked to be in public eye? By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” Continue Reading

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, listen as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House bracing for Republican assault after GOP victory

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. The GOP gained control of the U.S. Senate while stiffing its grip of the House of Representatives after corralling additional seats there. It all sums up to a profound bad news for the Obama administration.  With a load of loathe for the president by the Republicans, clearly, daggers are drawn and a volcanic partisan tinderbox looms.  President Obama, facing immense pressure from grappling with a minefield of high-voltage issues,  both domestic and foreign, emerged from the thick and blinding fog of defeat to declare he isn’t a “mopey” milquetoast about his party’s monumentally catastrophic loss.  Of course, it was a self-consoling posture, a blast of confidence and defiance, if you will, that may well be helpful in managing his debilitating loss to soothe the sting, but there’s no denying the fact that his presidency is presently riding through bumpy potholes and appears destined to collide with GOP victory bus parade.  At this cusp, the president can only hope for an elevated spirit of bipartisanship to emerge from the dark ashes of his party’s massive shellacking. In short, it won’t be pretty moving forward. And it’s not just for the reason that the president’s Democratic Party lost control of the U.S. Senate, that too of course, but largely for the fact that the loss mean the Republicans will now control both chambers of legislative branch of government.  What that means is something President Obama is definitely not looking forward to:  working with a bullying brigade of torridly dogmatic and ideological GOP lawmakers acting more like vengeful and vitriolic foes than reasonable and accommodating opponents. Continue Reading