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 10, 2017
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Granddaughter Graduates from Radnor High School

Granddaughter Graduates Our granddaughter Nkiru graduated from Radnor High School on Wednesday afternoon. Of course we were there! Four years ago when Kenechi graduated from Radnor, the ceremony was at Villa Nova, in their Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr. But … 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

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