Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 18, 2017
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Emily Dickinson and Hope

Honoring Emily Dickinson for Women’s History Month Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College, then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, is ten miles away in South Hadley. Emily attended Mount Holyoke for just one year. Then she … Continue reading

February 22, 2017
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Astronomy and Asilomar

Fascination With the Stars I’ve loved astronomy for ever. I thought I’d have great views of the night sky in California. Instead we had rain! One night I did see Orion, but clouds covered most of the sky. I fell … Continue reading

February 6, 2017
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More on White Privilege

White Privilege: The Conversation Continues  Last week I wrote about TEAM Westport’s essay contest on white privilege. Interest has continued to grow. In fact, TEAM’s “student essay contest about ‘white privilege’ has created an uproar,” according to The New York Times! At … 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 10, 2016
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Were You Surprised on Tuesday?

Surprised and Disappointed I was completely surprised on Tuesday night! Hard to believe how wrong the polls were. What about you? I was also disappointed. On Tuesday afternoon I had volunteered at the Westport Democratic Headquarters. My assignment was to call … Continue reading

October 29, 2016
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President Buhari’s Daughter Marries

President’s Daughter Gets Married Hajiya Fatima, President Buhari’s second daughter, married yesterday. Her new husband is the former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Malam Gimba Yau Kumo. The wedding took place in Daura, Katsina state. She … Continue reading

October 21, 2016
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The Wife in The Other Room

President Buhari’s Wife in The Other Room President Buhari embarrassed some of his country-people last week! He was in Germany in an effort to promote investments in Nigeria. His wife had made a comment, saying she might not vote for him … Continue reading

October 5, 2016
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Four Small World Occurrences

Small World Occurrence Number 1 Since Oct. 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day, fell on a Saturday, the country declared Monday a holiday. People like a day off work. Of course that’s only relevant for the Nigerians who are fortunate to be employed. It … Continue reading

October 1, 2016
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Nigerian Independence Day

Nigerian Independence Day Nigerian Independence Day is October 1st! Today marks Nigeria’s 56th anniversary of independence from Britain. In 1960 the Queen’s representative Princess Anne graced the handover celebrations. Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took over as independent Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. But … Continue reading