Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

July 16, 2017
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Climate Change Effects on Nigeria

The New York Times “Race-Related” I follow The New York Times “Race-Related” series. The stories provide wonderful and useful reflections on Black life in the U.S. The most recent said, “Our correspondents Rachel Swarns and John Eligon were joined this week … Continue reading

July 12, 2017
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Renewable Energy for Power in Nigeria?

Renewable Energy for Africa Tom Coogan, a fellow alum of the Yale School of Management and Facebook friend, posted a recent photo that intrigued me. He was in Northern Nigeria at the launching of a renewable energy project. I found … Continue reading

July 8, 2017
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Biafra Fifty Years Ago and Nigeria Today

Did Biafra Teach Us Anything? The Nigerian army entered Biafra on July 6th, 1967. This was just two weeks after our daughter Beth was born in Enugu, Biafra’s capital. Two months later the Nigerians were bombing Enugu. We ran to … Continue reading

June 30, 2017
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Race, White Privilege, and Debt

Race, White Privilege, and Debt I’ve written several times about my two book groups and my group of “Sister Grandmas.” All three are educational and entertaining, valuable sources of intellectual stimulation and social interaction. Sometimes a member of a group … Continue reading

June 26, 2017
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My Own Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias at Work I hear people say implicit bias is not real. I disagree. It is real, pervasive, and harmful. It affects the actions of police and juries. The NYTimes had an excellent op-ed on the topic. I experienced my … Continue reading

June 24, 2017
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Boko Haram’s Devastation

Boko Haram’s Devastation The NY Times had two excellent stories about Boko Haram and the devastation in people’s lives it has created. “Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram,” was the first one I read. It was … Continue reading

June 18, 2017
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Day Two of African Literature Association Conference

Never Look an American in the Eye I went back to New Haven on Thursday for Day 2 of the African Literature Association Conference. I was part of a panel with the title “Okey Ndibe and Life-Writing: Looking Igbos in … Continue reading

June 14, 2017
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Education in Nigeria

Education Aid for Sub-Sahara Africa Education in Nigeria is a mixture of very good and very bad, with not a lot in between. Teachers are not eager to be in rural areas. Teachers’ pay is often late and incomplete. Supplies … Continue reading

June 10, 2017
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Granddaughter Graduates from Radnor High School

Granddaughter Graduates Our granddaughter Nkiru graduated from Radnor High School on Wednesday afternoon. Of course we were there! Four years ago when Kenechi graduated from Radnor, the ceremony was at Villa Nova, in their Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr. But … Continue reading

June 6, 2017
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High School Graduation

High School Graduation for Two Chibok Girls I was reminded again of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Their abduction led to the hashtag campaign “#BringBackOurGirls.” I thought just a few had … Continue reading