Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

January 13, 2017
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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

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

November 6, 2016
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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
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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

August 30, 2016
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New Yam Festival

New Yam Festival You know that I love Igbo culture. This article in Naij.com has five photos that are really lovely examples of Igbo culture. All are related to the New Yam Festival which takes place now, at the end … Continue reading

August 26, 2016
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Inheritance for Igbo Women

Inheritance for Igbo Women Inheritance for Igbo women has been an issue in Nigeria for a long time. In 1991 a case was filed by a woman who said she could not be removed from the land that came to … Continue reading

August 14, 2016
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Good Deed, Also the Bad and the Ugly

Good Deed Margaret Anderson, the Persuasion Coach, sent me this story about a good deed by Delta – see what they did to help out the stranded Nigerian soccer team get to Rio in time for their first match! Given … Continue reading

July 17, 2016
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One More Tragedy

One More Tragedy Zainab Usman, Nigerian scholar and blogger, writes beautifully. Her words about the Nice tragedy are poignant. I wanted to say “her words about the most recent tragedy,” but it’s no longer the most recent. I just read … Continue reading

July 13, 2016
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Black Like Me

Black Like Me I’ve just learned the amazing story of John Howard Griffin. He wrote Black Like Me now in its 50th anniversary edition. My sister Beth and I were in our hotel room at Mohegan Sun last week. We were talking about … Continue reading

July 5, 2016
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Ramadan and Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast Breaking fast at the end of each Ramadan day is for many Muslims a wonderful ritual. Nigeria’s President Buhari is using the Iftar, or breaking fast, as a time to entertain. Pulse, a Ghanaian online news source, has a blogger … Continue reading