Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

September 14, 2017
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Agriculture in Nigeria

President Buhari Praises Agriculture in Nigeria I’m happy to see President Muhammadu Buhari back in action. He cut the ribbon to inaugurate, “Africa’s biggest hatchery and feed mill,” according to Premium Times. Nigeria must feed itself – Buhari The project is … Continue reading

September 2, 2017
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Is There Slavery in Nigeria Today?

Slavery in Nigeria Today? Sahara Reporters, a Nigerian online publication, had an article about slavery. The story led with comments by Priti Patel, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development. During a recent visit she announced increased funding to … Continue reading

August 13, 2017
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Fela and His Music

Fela, His Music, and His Activism Do you remember the Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti? His life was featured in the award-winning musical on Broadway simply called “Fela.” The musical ran from 2009 to 2011. Clem and I saw it with … Continue reading

June 26, 2017
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My Own Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias at Work I hear people say implicit bias is not real. I disagree. It is real, pervasive, and harmful. It affects the actions of police and juries. The NYTimes had an excellent op-ed on the topic. I experienced my … Continue reading

February 10, 2017
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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
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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