Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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

December 3, 2014
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Combining Past and Future

Memories of Madeira On Wednesday I had lunch in Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira! Well, not really. I had lunch with Adrienne Farrar Houël whom I’ve known and admired for years. She is President and CEO of … Continue reading

November 21, 2014
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Birthday, Connections and More

Birthday and Connections In 1969-70 during the Biafran War I taught 4th grade at St. Aloysius School in Covington Kentucky. Deborah Stewart was in my class. She told me who she was when she asked me to be her Facebook friend a … Continue reading

November 13, 2014
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In a Strange Land

Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement My friend and college classmate Anne Pardo is teaching a survey course on African History to Independence in the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. She invited me to talk about Nigeria. I drove … Continue reading

November 5, 2014
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First Book Talk a Success!

My first book talk was a success with a large audience of friends and strangers. Everyone was interested, people asked great questions, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Criminal justice is a topic for the times and for TEAM Westport.

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September 23, 2014
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Girls Win; ‘Ifemelu’ Blogs; Fear Factor

Scholarships for Nigerian Girls Fellow former Peace Corps Nigeria volunteer Steve Clapp sent me the news that the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation is funding scholarship for three girls who escaped from Boko Haram. In June I blogged about the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist … Continue reading

September 14, 2014
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New Yam Festival, Ebola, An Essay and a Book

Celebrating New Yam Igbo Ukwu is the Nigerian town where bronzes dating from the 9th century A.D. were discovered during excavations in the 20th century. It’s a few miles from my husband’s town. Igbo Ukwu’s celebration of the New Yam Festival … Continue reading