Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

October 29, 2016
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President Buhari’s Daughter Marries

President’s Daughter Gets Married Hajiya Fatima, President Buhari’s second daughter, married yesterday. Her new husband is the former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Malam Gimba Yau Kumo. The wedding took place in Daura, Katsina state. She … 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 2, 2016
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Our History of Slavery

History of Slavery I’ve been saving this intriguing article on our history of slavery to share with you. “I Named My Mixed-Race Daughter for a Slave-Trading Town – Bristol!” was an opinion piece in The New York Times on July 16. The mixed-race … Continue reading

June 19, 2016
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Knock on the Door

Iku Aka Na Uzo, or Knock on the Door After the funeral of our beloved nephew Emeka last Saturday in Los Angeles, we stayed in California for another happier engagement. On Sunday we went to Hemet in a pleasant contrast to … Continue reading

June 12, 2016
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STEM in Nigeria

STEM in Nigeria Girls in Nigeria are building robots according to an article from CNN. They are part of interest in STEM in Nigeria. “The girls’ efforts were part of the First Lego League competition which has seen 233,000 children … Continue reading

April 24, 2016
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Tragedy

Family Tragedy I was at the lunch preceding my book talk in New York on Wednesday when our older son called from Nigeria. I told him I couldn’t speak right then. I asked him to call later when I would be … Continue reading

April 4, 2016
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Bring Back Our Girls

President Buhari Faces Criticism President Buhari disappointed the Bring Back Our Girls activists. He has come in for quite a bit of criticism in the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago he agreed to meet with the Bring Back Our … Continue reading

March 7, 2016
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Will You Celebrate?

International Women’s Day March 8th  How will you celebrate? I will go to the Westport Library in the evening to hear Caryl M. Stern of UNICEF speak on the refugee crisis and its implications for human trafficking. My friend Barbara is introducing … Continue reading

January 31, 2016
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Food, Drink, and Letting Go

Contours of Life This morning Rev. Dr. John Morehouse talked about “The Path of Least Resistance,” the final sermon on his month’s theme of resistance. He has asked us to demonstrate resistance when we confront injustice. But today he said there … Continue reading

January 27, 2016
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Fifty Pots of Wine

US Commerce Secretary in Nigeria Nigeria is struggling with the low price of oil and what that is doing to foreign exchange. These problems have happened before. The forming of Nigerwives, the organization I helped found in the late 1970’s, … Continue reading