Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

November 5, 2017
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African History Revisited

African History Revisited in Paris Exhibit Africa in Words, a blog I follow, had a story about an exhibit in France that shows the depth of African history. It’s called “African Roads,” or “L’Afrique des routes.” The African history exhibit, … 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

May 26, 2016
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Gender Equality

Work for Gender Equality Lakshmi Puri is UN Women’s dynamic Deputy Executive Director. She spoke at an event in New York on May 17 with thanks and a call to action to promote gender equality. I love her reference to … Continue reading

May 5, 2016
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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

February 28, 2016
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US to Help Confront Boko Haram

Special Ops to Help Confront Boko Haram? Two NY Times articles claimed my attention on Friday morning. The first said that American special operations team members are going to help Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram. I was very … Continue reading

February 16, 2016
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African Wealth, Books, and Music

Oxford University Welcomes Wealthiest African Zainab Usman posted a notice about an event at Oxford University that was to take place this afternoon. My fundraising antennae are perking up – is Oxford, or are these students – seeking a donation from … Continue reading

January 23, 2016
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Blizzard in Connecticut

Massive Snowstorm Are you in the path of the blizzard that is underway? I hear the reporter on public radio calling it a massive snowstorm. The photographer across the street took this picture. I found it in Dan Woog’s blog. … Continue reading

November 20, 2015
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Paris, Terrorism, and Race

Aftermath of Paris Bombings I’m sure you were as saddened by the news from Paris last week as I was. So many lives, the disruption, the agony – and now the heightened fear of refugees and migrants among some. I … Continue reading

September 1, 2015
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Could They Do It?

Five Hundred Days The Executive Director of UN Women, South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, reminds us that 500 days have passed since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. She urges us to welcome what the Nigerian government is attempting to do, even though Boko Haram is … Continue reading

April 6, 2015
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Easter and Election

Easter Parade  My friend Luvon, on the left, told me about participating in the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City. She said, “I love this event. Immediately after leaving the Easter service at Riverside Church, I headed to … Continue reading