Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

June 2, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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

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

November 26, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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

November 6, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Guy Fawkes Day is Celebrated

Guy Fawkes Day  I had forgotten, despite the chant, “Remember, remember the 5th of November!” I first learned about Guy Fawkes from my children. When they were at St. Saviour’s School in Lagos, Nigeria, they were introduced to Guy Fawkes Day. … Continue reading

September 19, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Igbo Marriage Rites Full of Tradition, Modified!

Chidi’s Igbo Marriage Igbo marriage rites were in full swing when my husband Clem went to Hemet, California, for the wedding of his nephew Chidi. Other African customs were in play too. Clem’s younger brother Godwin, Chidi’s dad, died a few years … Continue reading