Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 10, 2017
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Humanitarian Crisis

Humanitarian Crisis The former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell is at the Council on Foreign Relations. He writes about much of sub-Sahara Africa. He has written before about the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. He had two recent posts I want … Continue reading



February 14, 2017
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Happy Valentine’s Day

White Privilege – More Conversation I love all the attention our essay contest is getting. After all, that’s the point – to stimulate conversation! On Saturday morning TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey was interviewed on CNN. The interviewer was Michael … Continue reading



February 10, 2017
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Damage from Boko Haram

Combating Boko Haram’s Influence About 70 freed Boko Haram captives are nearing the end of a 9-month program to aid their reintegration to Nigerian society. Psychologists and Islamic teachers are helping them. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, … Continue reading



February 2, 2017
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What Does White Privilege Mean to You?

Former Westport Resident Talks About White Privilege TEAM Westport is our town’s committee dedicated to multi-cultural awareness. The acronym TEAM stands for is Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism. I am a member. We are holding our 4th annual essay contest for … Continue reading



December 8, 2016
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Nigeria in Need

Nigeria in Need A frightening article in AlJazeera online warns of the situation in northern Nigeria. It says Nigeria is in need. President Buhari is claiming victories against Boko Haram. The article says, “The counterinsurgency has clawed back some territory, … Continue reading



November 19, 2016
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Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Nigeria

Child Deaths in Northern Nigeria For months there have been hints that all is not well in the camps for IDPs – Internally Displaced Persons – in northeast Nigeria. I’ve read bits about the humanitarian crisis. The New York Times … Continue reading



November 14, 2016
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Small World Coincidences Abound

Small World Coincidences As I get older and have more connections, small world coincidences seem more frequent. Do you find this too? The past week has been overflowing with small world coincidences. First – my friend Nick Thiemann who was a lawyer … Continue reading



November 6, 2016
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Guy Fawkes Day is Celebrated

Guy Fawkes Day  I had forgotten, despite the chant, “Remember, remember the 5th of November!” I first learned about Guy Fawkes from my children. When they were at St. Saviour’s School in Lagos, Nigeria, they were introduced to Guy Fawkes Day. … Continue reading



November 2, 2016
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Feminist and Feminine – We Can Be Both

Feminist and Feminine Chimamanda is making ads for Boots No7 make-up. I like her combination of feminist and feminine. The Americans may not be familiar with Boots. I know the product and the stores from the UK. Boots was started in … Continue reading



October 13, 2016
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Twenty one Chibok Girls Released!

21 Chibok Girls Released  Twenty one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram two and a half years ago were released yesterday! CNN carried a report, as did many Nigerian newspapers. The Nigerian government says negotiations have been going on … Continue reading