Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

April 27, 2017
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Legacies of Biafra Conference

Legacies of Biafra I had a wonderful time in London. Legacies of Biafra, Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra War 50 Years On, was an exciting and well-presented conference. Louisa Egbunike and Yvonne Mbanefo were the principal organizers. Unu mere nke oma! … Continue reading

April 19, 2017
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Combating Boko Haram

Can Boko Haram Be Defeated? My friend Laura sent me this excellent 2 and 1/2 minute video from the Carter Center. The speaker, Dr. Fatima Akilu, “is a university educator and an advocate for marginalized groups working in the area … Continue reading

April 11, 2017
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Bridge Building

Bridge Building Early Sunday morning I listened to Krista Tippett’s On Being. She was interviewing Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee who come from opposite ends of the political spectrum but have a commitment to bridge building. “He’s a libertarian who … Continue reading

December 1, 2016
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Two Untold Stories

Untold Story by Edward Baptist The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist, is the book we read for my Baker’s Dozen Book Group, which met tonight. Somehow I got confused. I thought we … Continue reading

November 10, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Were You Surprised on Tuesday?

Surprised and Disappointed I was completely surprised on Tuesday night! Hard to believe how wrong the polls were. What about you? I was also disappointed. On Tuesday afternoon I had volunteered at the Westport Democratic Headquarters. My assignment was to call … Continue reading

September 7, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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The Sharps’ War

The Sharps’ War My friend Denise, more commonly called Denny, Davidoff wrote an excellent review of Ken Burns’ film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. I read it online in UU World Weekly, the email from UU World. The magazine is sent … Continue reading

January 15, 2016
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Step It Up and Other News

Step It Up I flew to Miami, Florida this afternoon for the bi-annual board meeting of the USNC UN Women, the United States National Committee for United Nations Women. Our meeting starts Saturday morning and finishes at noon on Sunday. … Continue reading

July 11, 2015
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My Father’s Birthday

No Victor, No Vanquished Former Head of State in Nigeria General Dr. Yakubu Gown was the speaker at the 6th Convocation ceremony in March 2015, of the Chukwumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) in Anambra. He titled his speech, “No Victor, No … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
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Women Power and Women’s Rights

Adichie To Speak At Wellesley I learned today that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be the commencement speaker at Wellesley. I wish it were Mount Holyoke, but I’m glad it’s a women’s college. I read the info on Ainehi Edoro’s blog Brittle Paper, … Continue reading

February 21, 2015
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Elections, Prejudice, and Influence

Campaign Video? I watched a YouTube video about Nigeria and Boko Haram called “COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATION: The Gains and Prospects,” from Max Siollun’s website. The video opens on five men in uniform, most white, at the back of a truck … Continue reading