Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

November 2, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
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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
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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

July 29, 2016
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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 17, 2016
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One More Tragedy

One More Tragedy Zainab Usman, Nigerian scholar and blogger, writes beautifully. Her words about the Nice tragedy are poignant. I wanted to say “her words about the most recent tragedy,” but it’s no longer the most recent. I just read … Continue reading

July 5, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Ramadan and Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast Breaking fast at the end of each Ramadan day is for many Muslims a wonderful ritual. Nigeria’s President Buhari is using the Iftar, or breaking fast, as a time to entertain. Pulse, a Ghanaian online news source, has a blogger … Continue reading

June 19, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Knock on the Door

Iku Aka Na Uzo, or Knock on the Door After the funeral of our beloved nephew Emeka last Saturday in Los Angeles, we stayed in California for another happier engagement. On Sunday we went to Hemet in a pleasant contrast to … Continue reading

June 15, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Celebrate Life

Celebrate Life of Emeka Friday and Saturday afternoon in California were heavy and sad for us. How could we celebrate life? We were there for the funeral of Clem’s nephew Emeka who had been killed 51 days earlier. Friday afternoon we’d … Continue reading

June 12, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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STEM in Nigeria

STEM in Nigeria Girls in Nigeria are building robots according to an article from CNN. They are part of interest in STEM in Nigeria. “The girls’ efforts were part of the First Lego League competition which has seen 233,000 children … Continue reading

May 22, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Second Chibok Girl?

Second Chibok Girl? Just two days after the news of a Chibok girl found wandering in the forest, when she was being taken to meet President Buhari, there was news of another. That news is being challenged. There seems no … Continue reading