Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

February 10, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Damage from Boko Haram

Combating Boko Haram’s Influence About 70 freed Boko Haram captives are nearing the end of a 9-month program to aid their reintegration to Nigerian society. Psychologists and Islamic teachers are helping them. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, … 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

October 25, 2016
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Peace Pipes and Oil Pipelines

Niger Delta Avengers Destroy Oil Pipelines I have some sympathy for the Niger Delta Avengers, though I abhor their actions. They destroy oil pipelines to advance their cause. Yet they have reason to be upset. Since the early days of … Continue reading

October 17, 2016
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Brilliant Words from Michelle Obama

Michelle Speaking Out On Thursday last week Michelle Obama spoke out about Donald Trump’s disgraceful comments. I’d heard snippets. I’ve just read her whole speech. It’s amazing. Frank Bruni commented, “First at the Democratic convention in late July and then in New … Continue reading

September 15, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Refugees and Migrants at the UN

High Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants Yesterday in beautiful late summer weather, I met my friend Marilyn in New York. After lunch at Le Pain Quotidien we went to a panel on refugees and migrants hosted by the NGO Committee on the … Continue reading

September 7, 2016
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The Sharps’ War

The Sharps’ War My friend Denise, more commonly called Denny, Davidoff wrote an excellent review of Ken Burns’ film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. I read it online in UU World Weekly, the email from UU World. The magazine is sent … Continue reading

August 18, 2016
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Call for Gender Equality By 2030

Gender Equality At 16, Kehkashan Basu is bold. She is a fearless proponent of gender equality, and the founder and president of a youth organisation called Green Hope in her native Dubai. At the recent panel discussion on “Investing in Young … Continue reading

August 10, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Journey May Be Pilgrimage or Flight

Author’s Pilgrimages Whenever I listen to Krista Tippett’s OnBeing, I’m glad that I did! This past Sunday was no different. I switched on the radio at a few minutes after 7 am and settled into the Jacuzzi. I was shocked … 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

June 7, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Kano Horror, Birthday Joys

Kano Horror A Christian woman trader named Bridget said something offensive to Muslims in the market in Kano, northern Nigeria, on Thursday. The result was a Kano horror. Did she mean to be offensive? Or was her comment innocent but mis-interpreted as … Continue reading