Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

February 24, 2016
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Lose a Day?

The White Heron My friend and choir colleague Charlie sent a video he made this morning of a white heron in flight. I’m trying to include it for you, but don’t know how! Suggestions welcome! Lacking his, I’m giving you a picture I … 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

December 14, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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#1 Best Seller on Amazon

Best Seller Nigeria History I don’t know how many books are in the category Nigeria History on Amazon, but my memoir is the #1 best-seller in Nigeria History category for this hour at least! I found this on the author page. … Continue reading

November 16, 2015
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Three Book Clubs, Two Ministers, One Astronomer

The Riverside Book Club Have you read Things Fall Apart? The novel is Chinua Achebe’s masterful work about life in an Igbo village when the missionaries first arrive. I read it during Peace Corps training in 1962. On Saturday I attended the Riverside … Continue reading

October 19, 2015
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Italian Marble, Anyone?

Nigeria’s superrich have ceased buying for now. Buhari has frightened them away from luxury stores.

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October 15, 2015
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Seven Wonders of Igbo Customs #3

Masquerades I love the Igbo masquerades. They are the third of the wondrous Igbo customs I want to share with you, and I’ll do it with a story. The children start running at the clacking of hard seed pods from the … Continue reading

September 13, 2015
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Serena, Winner Even When She Loses

Bernards Book Talk At nearly every book talk, I meet interesting people. Often there are one or two people with surprisingly close connections. At Bernards on Thursday the first woman to raise her hand for a question said, “I was fascinated … Continue reading

August 28, 2015
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Paul Robeson on Race

Paul Robeson, in a 1960 news conference in Australia, comments on race in America. And everything he says about race then is still true today!
He says that the American Negroes and Africans, like Nigerians – and he mentions Azikiwe, an old friend – are brilliant. He says that America is losing out by “not making us first class citizens.”

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July 23, 2015
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Will President Buhari Find the Chibok Girls?

Buhari in Washington Nigeria’s President Buhari has gone! In his three days in Washington DC he met with President Obama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nigerians in the Diaspora, and Vice President Biden among others. “In talks on Monday, Obama … Continue reading

July 15, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Get Out the Vote!

Go Slow? After President Buhari’s resounding victory and impressive inaugural ceremony in Nigeria on May 29 many people, myself included, expected quick action, at least visible action, against Boko Haram. We also thought he would announce his ministerial appointments within … Continue reading