Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

April 24, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe


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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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

January 3, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Happy New Year, and Two Questions

Holiday Pics Daughter Beth, husband Kelvin, & three kids, and son Chinaku came for Christmas and anniversary. Chinaku stayed, but B&K took their kids home, and came back with Ikem for New Year’s. The older children stayed home to be with friends. … Continue reading

November 5, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

10 Wealthiest Nigerians

Two Engaging Audiences  I spoke at Westport Rotary on Tuesday. I gave a “Happy Dollar” to celebrate my first boss in fundraising, Dick Foot, who was the CEO of the Westport YMCA and an active Rotarian. I knew many people … Continue reading

June 21, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Father’s Day and Forgiveness

Thinking About Charleston This morning I watched  CNN’s coverage of the service at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where the shooting took place on Wednesday evening. Their service was about to start. But I left for the Unitarian Church … Continue reading

June 17, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

June 17th Post

Anita Hill and Reimagining Equality Tonight was my book group meeting to discuss Anita Hill’s Reimagining Equality. I loved the definitions of home that Hill puts at the beginning of each chapter. Two or three others did too. But a … Continue reading

June 9, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Park City and New Nigeria

Park City Karen, my friend who has been most helpful in getting me set up in Park City, Utah for the final leg of my western book tour, took me to her Park City Newcomers Book Club yesterday morning. Almost all … Continue reading