Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

May 17, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Ogbanje, The Repeating Children

Ogbanje, the Repeating Children, or Changlings My second book with the current trial title, When the Kola Nut Reaches Home, describes ogbanje, the “repeating or returning children,” in Igbo traditional belief. Sometimes ogbanje is translated as “changlings.” I first read about … Continue reading

May 1, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Charly Boy and Other Fascinating People

Charly Boy Among the many people with fascinating stories and interesting connections at the Legacies of Biafra Conference was Charly Boy. I had never heard of Charly Boy until Friday when people were saying, “Did you know? Charly Boy will be here … Continue reading

April 15, 2017
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Missing Girls Three Years Later

Boko Haram Protest April 15 marks three years since nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Most parents are still waiting to hear the fate of their missing girls. They still have hope. On April … Continue reading

January 13, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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New Year and A Traditional Ruler

Happy New Year! I hope you had a joyful New Year’s celebration, or at least a relaxing one! We rejoiced in Clem’s hometown of Nanka with a group of 20 people in our living room. We drank champagne and wine, … Continue reading

December 8, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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 26, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Two Very Different Author Interviews

Author Interview: Catherine Onyemelukwe, an American in Nigeria I promised you the interview by Margaret Anderson, the Persuasion Coach. Here is her introduction and part of the interview, with a link to the rest. Posted by margaret on Nov 13, 2016 … Continue reading

November 22, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Africa Business Conference

Africa at Wharton On Saturday last week my husband Clem was a featured speaker at Wharton Africa Business Conference. MBA African students put on this conference annually, we learned. In the morning Clem participated in a panel, “Electricity Infrastructure: How … 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

September 19, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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 2, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Our History of Slavery

History of Slavery I’ve been saving this intriguing article on our history of slavery to share with you. “I Named My Mixed-Race Daughter for a Slave-Trading Town – Bristol!” was an opinion piece in The New York Times on July 16. The mixed-race … Continue reading