Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 30, 2017
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Nigerwives and Intersectionality

Nigerwives and Intersectionality I read a fascinating interview with a Nigerian writer, Angela Ajayi. Her Yoruba last name interested me. I was also intrigued by the title of the article, “On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love.” Does the word ‘intersectionality’ … Continue reading

November 26, 2016
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Two Very Different Author Interviews

Author Interview: Catherine Onyemelukwe, an American in Nigeria I promised you the interview by Margaret Anderson, the Persuasion Coach. Here is her introduction and part of the interview, with a link to the rest. Posted by margaret on Nov 13, 2016 … Continue reading

September 19, 2016
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Igbo Marriage Rites Full of Tradition, Modified!

Chidi’s Igbo Marriage Igbo marriage rites were in full swing when my husband Clem went to Hemet, California, for the wedding of his nephew Chidi. Other African customs were in play too. Clem’s younger brother Godwin, Chidi’s dad, died a few years … Continue reading

July 10, 2016
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Mohegan Sun My sister Beth has been visiting for the past twelve days. She’s flying home to Cincinnati as I write. We’re alike in some ways, different in others, like most siblings. She loves to gamble, so nearly every time … Continue reading

May 22, 2016
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Second Chibok Girl?

Second Chibok Girl? Just two days after the news of a Chibok girl found wandering in the forest, when she was being taken to meet President Buhari, there was news of another. That news is being challenged. There seems no … Continue reading

January 31, 2016
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Food, Drink, and Letting Go

Contours of Life This morning Rev. Dr. John Morehouse talked about “The Path of Least Resistance,” the final sermon on his month’s theme of resistance. He has asked us to demonstrate resistance when we confront injustice. But today he said there … Continue reading

November 8, 2015
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Amazing Grace

Peanuts Confronts “Sea of Violence” “He has a great attitude,” Marleik Walker, the boy voicing the black character Franklin in The Peanuts Movie. says about his character in an NPR interview. A little background from Wikipedia in case you don’t know: “Peanuts … Continue reading

October 11, 2015
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Seven Wonders of Igbo Customs #2

Legal vs. Moral Actions The service at The Unitarian Church in Westport on Sunday morning was on the theme of immigration. Mary Collins, our Director of Religious Education told a story, The Legend of Lucia Zenteno, which comes from the … Continue reading

August 20, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Dear Hillary, Why #Black Lives Matter

My Letter to Hillary Did you see the video of Hillary speaking with the activist Julius Jones from Black Lives Matter? This was backstage in Keene, New Hampshire. I read about the exchange in The New York Times, and watched … Continue reading

August 16, 2015
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Giants in Death and in Literature

Another Giant Falls Julian Bond has died, I read this morning in my NYTimes alert. I’ve known his name for ages as a respected civil rights leader. I recall being at Episcopal Relief and Development fourteen years ago with Coleen, now … Continue reading