Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

September 26, 2017
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Ethnic Group or Tribe?

New Canaan Library Author Talk The audience of about 35 people at my New Canaan Library Author Talk on Monday evening was enthusiastic and full of interesting questions. As people were leaving one audience member said, “Why do you use … Continue reading

September 18, 2017
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We Belong to a Community

Rev. Barber: What We Must Do Have you seen, heard, or heard of Rev. William Barber? He has been speaking out about structural racism. He has tough words for all of us interested in confronting race issues in our country. … Continue reading

September 10, 2017
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The Arc of the Moral Universe

The Arc of the Moral Universe You probably know the phrase, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I thought it came from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. And it does, but started elsewhere! … Continue reading

September 6, 2017
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Time for New Yam Festival

The New Yam Festival Pulse.ng published an entertaining article yesterday about the new yam festival. This is the time of year for the festival. The first new yams have been harvested, and it is time to celebrate. The event begins … 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 9, 2017
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Peace Corps Connect and Island Nations

Peace Corps Connections   Clem and I were in Denver Colorado for “Peace Corps Connect,” the annual 2-day gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends. The day before, Friday, Friends of Nigeria held its own meeting. Friends of Nigeria … Continue reading

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