Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

July 29, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Family Birthdays

Family Birthdays Our older son Chinaku and our daughter Beth have June birthdays. All of Beth’s family have their birthdays in June and July, from Kelvin on June 3 to Nkiru today! We celebrated our grandson Kenechi’s birthday on July 4th. He … Continue reading

July 10, 2016
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Mohegan Sun My sister Beth has been visiting for the past twelve days. She’s flying home to Cincinnati as I write. We’re alike in some ways, different in others, like most siblings. She loves to gamble, so nearly every time … Continue reading

July 1, 2016
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Early Fireworks Celebration

Westport’s 4th of July Fireworks Westport and the surrounding towns agree every year about which nights to have their fireworks so they don’t interfere with each other. This year Westport’s fireworks were on June 30! Not even July, but still a … Continue reading

May 5, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Fulani Herders Face Igbo Women

Fulani Herders I read this intriguing article about how a group of Igbo women confronted Fulani herders whose cows were destroying their crops. They put their heads together and came up with a novel solution. What did they do? A clue … Continue reading

April 12, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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UN Secretary General

Campaign for UN Secretary General Our presidential campaign sometimes seems like the only game in town now. But another is happening, only much quieter and mostly out-of-sight. That’s the campaign for the next Secretary General of the UN. Ban Ki-moon’s … Continue reading

March 12, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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CSW and Three Women Changing the World

International Women’s Day Part II  Last time I wished you a happy International Women’s Day and asked if you would celebrate. Did you? I honored the day by going to the Westport Library to hear Caryl M. Stern, the head … Continue reading

February 4, 2016
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25 Books by African Writers

Loan Request Not An Emergency Nigeria has asked for loans totalling $3.5 billion, $2.5 from the World Bank and the remainder from the African Development Bank, I read. If you are a subscriber to Financial Times and want more details, you … Continue reading

January 15, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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

January 7, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Superhuman Black Men?

Are Young Black Men Superhuman? Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview with BBC on January 4 is worth hearing. It’s just under 10 minutes. First, she says something about perceptions that is no surprise to those of us with close ties … Continue reading

December 10, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Books – Old and New – and Gold

Things Fall Apart I had the pleasure of meeting with the Scarsdale High School Teachers’ Association book group this afternoon, December 10. They had read Chinua Achebe’s masterful novel, Things Fall Apart, and invited me to talk about that and about … Continue reading