Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

January 20, 2018
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Why Do Chibok Girls Remain With Captors?

Chibok Girls Stay with Boko Haram An article in Voice of America online reports on a newly released video from Boko Haram. The video shows 12 Chibok girls who appear, “to relish their new life and disavow their old.” A … Continue reading

December 15, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Racism Revealed in ADL Video

Racism Revealed in Video from ADL I had an email from the Antidefamation League, ADL, this week. TEAM Westport and ADL have overlapping interests in addressing racism and other forms of discrimination. The racism revealed in the video, not so … Continue reading

December 7, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Travel, Walls, Passports, and Lady Liberty

My Passport Error I mentioned our effort to get Clem a new Nigerian passport. Turns out he did have an appointment to go to the Consulate for the interview. When I submitted and then printed the passport application forms in … Continue reading

November 29, 2017
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Seeking Civil Rights for Blacks, Native Americans

One Final Note on Thanksgiving The NYTimes had an excellent article, “How Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving.” It is part of their Race/Related series which focuses on civil rights for people of color. The article contains comments from four Native Americans. … Continue reading

October 28, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Boko Haram Turns Girls Into Bombers

Boko Haram Still Active I keep hoping that the bits of positive information from the Nigerian government about defeating Boko Haram are true. Though there have been some successes, there are still so many more challenges. “So far this year, … Continue reading

October 12, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Afreximbank President in New York

President Oramah at New York University The African Export Import Bank, known as Afreximbank, was established in 1993 to promote intra-African trade. The President, Dr. Benedict Oramah, spoke on Monday evening at NYU. Clem and I went. We were early and … Continue reading

September 26, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Ethnic Group or Tribe?

New Canaan Library Author Talk The audience of about 35 people at my New Canaan Library Author Talk on Monday evening was enthusiastic and full of interesting questions. As people were leaving one audience member said, “Why do you use … Continue reading

July 28, 2017
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UNICEF Broadcasts School Over the Radio

School Over the Radio Children who are in refugee camps and conflict areas often have no opportunity for education. But for some there is a unique chance for school over the radio! “Tens of thousands of children across the Lake … 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 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