Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

April 27, 2017
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Legacies of Biafra Conference

Legacies of Biafra I had a wonderful time in London. Legacies of Biafra, Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra War 50 Years On, was an exciting and well-presented conference. Louisa Egbunike and Yvonne Mbanefo were the principal organizers. Unu mere nke oma! … 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

April 11, 2017
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Bridge Building

Bridge Building Early Sunday morning I listened to Krista Tippett’s On Being. She was interviewing Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee who come from opposite ends of the political spectrum but have a commitment to bridge building. “He’s a libertarian who … Continue reading

March 18, 2017
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Emily Dickinson and Hope

Honoring Emily Dickinson for Women’s History Month Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College, then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, is ten miles away in South Hadley. Emily attended Mount Holyoke for just one year. Then she … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
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Happy Valentine’s Day

White Privilege – More Conversation I love all the attention our essay contest is getting. After all, that’s the point – to stimulate conversation! On Saturday morning TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey was interviewed on CNN. The interviewer was Michael … Continue reading

February 6, 2017
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More on White Privilege

White Privilege: The Conversation Continues  Last week I wrote about TEAM Westport’s essay contest on white privilege. Interest has continued to grow. In fact, TEAM’s “student essay contest about ‘white privilege’ has created an uproar,” according to The New York Times! At … Continue reading

January 29, 2017
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Beauties and Beasts in Igbo Art

Igbo Art: Beauties and Beasts Thank you to my friend and fellow Mount Holyoke book group member Joan! She told me about the lecture, “The Astonishing Richness of Igbo Art: Beauties, Beasts, and Others.” I went on Thursday evening to the … 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 12, 2016
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Two Stories of Boundary-Crossing Marriage

Boundary-Crossing Marriage The first story of Boundary-Crossing Marriage comes from the online media site YNaija.com. Online media is alive and well in Nigeria. I would even say thriving! One of the popular online media sites is Naija.com. ‘Naija’ is the … Continue reading

November 26, 2016
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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