Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

July 16, 2017
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Climate Change Effects on Nigeria

The New York Times “Race-Related” I follow The New York Times “Race-Related” series. The stories provide wonderful and useful reflections on Black life in the U.S. The most recent said, “Our correspondents Rachel Swarns and John Eligon were joined this week … Continue reading

June 30, 2017
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Race, White Privilege, and Debt

Race, White Privilege, and Debt I’ve written several times about my two book groups and my group of “Sister Grandmas.” All three are educational and entertaining, valuable sources of intellectual stimulation and social interaction. Sometimes a member of a group … Continue reading

June 18, 2017
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Day Two of African Literature Association Conference

Never Look an American in the Eye I went back to New Haven on Thursday for Day 2 of the African Literature Association Conference. I was part of a panel with the title “Okey Ndibe and Life-Writing: Looking Igbos in … Continue reading

June 14, 2017
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Education in Nigeria

Education Aid for Sub-Sahara Africa Education in Nigeria is a mixture of very good and very bad, with not a lot in between. Teachers are not eager to be in rural areas. Teachers’ pay is often late and incomplete. Supplies … Continue reading

June 2, 2017
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The Kola Reaches Home

When the Kola Reaches Home We had the final class of the eight weeks on advanced essay and memoir writing this week. I’m sad it’s over. I read my introduction. The critique from the other class members was extremely helpful, … Continue reading

May 17, 2017
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Ogbanje, The Repeating Children

Ogbanje, the Repeating Children, or Changlings My second book with the current trial title, When the Kola Nut Reaches Home, describes ogbanje, the “repeating or returning children,” in Igbo traditional belief. Sometimes ogbanje is translated as “changlings.” I first read about … 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