Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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

September 27, 2016
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Peace Corps Friends and Family

Peace Corps Friends and Family We had a wonderful few days in Washington DC with Peace Corps friends. I loved it all, but my favorite was the final event. The Walk for Peace started at George Washington University where the … 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

August 30, 2016
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New Yam Festival

New Yam Festival You know that I love Igbo culture. This article in Naij.com has five photos that are really lovely examples of Igbo culture. All are related to the New Yam Festival which takes place now, at the end … Continue reading

August 6, 2016
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Olympic Refugee Team

Olympic Refugee Team I watched much of the Olympic Opening Ceremony last night. The beginning portrayed the history of Brazil, immigration, slave trade, and urban development. Then came the parade of athletes. Did you watch? I love seeing the U.S. … Continue reading