Onumba.com – Most events of this sort come with themes, and this one was no different. “Climate Change and Migration” was chosen as the two-pronged theme of the recently concluded Miss Africa Beauty pageant held in Nigeria. It was a suitable theme that highlighted the importance of combating a pair of global issues wreaking havoc on humanity, particularly the heartwrenching incidents involving hapless Africans embarking on what has become a suicide mission to Europe swooning for juicier economic opportunities. But in many ways, “The foolishness and Ignorance of Skin Bleaching” would have also garnered plenty of thumbs up as a fitting theme. Why you ask.
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Some Africans have been caviling from the rooftop knocking President Obama for not visiting Africa enough. The president would probably beg to differ, but all of that is now water under the bridge with the good news for everyone being that Obama is about to visit there. And as Obama prepares to visit Africa, with plans to go to his ancestral homeland of Kenya for the first time as president, his grandmother Mama Sarah who lives in the western village of Kogelo has already turned in her special request, asking that she be allowed to prepare a meal for her grandson. That right there is not asking for much. Onumba.com hopes they grant her modest request. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – If you ask Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, he would tell you straight up he is not under investigation for anything. And he is right. But even so, Coleman knows quite well that federal investigators are fiercely looking into whether there is any connection between the sale of his pricey pad to a Chinese business woman and the fact that the same woman was also exploring the possibility of establishing her business in the city. “This is simply untrue,” said Coleman, in a statement concerning ongoing investigation involving the sale of his home. “I have cooperated with federal authorities in their investigation into the buyer of our property, but I have no reason to believe that I am under investigation.” Presently, it doesn’t appear as though the mayor is under investigation but federal officials are rummaging through a mudslide of documents obtained from city employees who were allegedly directed by Coleman to assist the Chinese business woman Jianhua Li set up a business in Columbus. Continue Reading
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 – 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 — 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