Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

September 18, 2017
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We Belong to a Community

Rev. Barber: What We Must Do Have you seen, heard, or heard of Rev. William Barber? He has been speaking out about structural racism. He has tough words for all of us interested in confronting race issues in our country. … Continue reading

August 9, 2017
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Peace Corps Connect and Island Nations

Peace Corps Connections   Clem and I were in Denver Colorado for “Peace Corps Connect,” the annual 2-day gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends. The day before, Friday, Friends of Nigeria held its own meeting. Friends of Nigeria … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
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Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride My friend and blog reader J. wrote with a question. Her daughter is getting married in Nigeria to a Nigerian man. J. was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria and married a Nigerian. But instead … Continue reading

July 20, 2017
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Summertime and Compo Beach is Calling

Beach Party in Westport 06880 Dan Woog writes a blog called 06880. It’s all about the town and people of Westport. Whatever he writes must have a Westport connection. Compo Beach is a major feature of Westport. For the past … 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 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 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 2, 2017
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The Kola Reaches Home

When the Kola Reaches Home We had the final class of the eight weeks on advanced essay and memoir writing this week. I’m sad it’s over. I read my introduction. The critique from the other class members was extremely helpful, … Continue reading