Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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 6, 2017
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High School Graduation

High School Graduation for Two Chibok Girls I was reminded again of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Their abduction led to the hashtag campaign “#BringBackOurGirls.” I thought just a few had … Continue reading

May 29, 2017
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Frightened Fawn in the Doorway

Deer in the Doorway A little while ago I heard a cat’s loud meow just outside the door. I looked out and saw a black and white cat, looking comfortable and eager, as if hoping to come in. I said through … Continue reading

March 30, 2017
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Nigerwives and Intersectionality

Nigerwives and Intersectionality I read a fascinating interview with a Nigerian writer, Angela Ajayi. Her Yoruba last name interested me. I was also intrigued by the title of the article, “On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love.” Does the word ‘intersectionality’ … Continue reading

March 22, 2017
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Conversations About Race

Conversations About Race I was pleased to get an email from my college classmate and friend, Judy. She said, “I’ve just finished reading Roots. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it.  Nor have I seen the series.” She said, “My daughter … Continue reading

February 22, 2017
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Astronomy and Asilomar

Fascination With the Stars I’ve loved astronomy for ever. I thought I’d have great views of the night sky in California. Instead we had rain! One night I did see Orion, but clouds covered most of the sky. I fell … 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

July 29, 2016
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Family Birthdays

Family Birthdays Our older son Chinaku and our daughter Beth have June birthdays. All of Beth’s family have their birthdays in June and July, from Kelvin on June 3 to Nkiru today! We celebrated our grandson Kenechi’s birthday on July 4th. He … Continue reading

May 14, 2016
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Diversity in Dubai, on NPR

Diversity in Dubai So much in Dubai was amazing. The diversity of the population is just one of the ‘wow’ factors. I met people from dozens of countries. I learned that only 20% of the population of two and half million is actually … Continue reading

April 28, 2016
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Emeka and Other Names

Emeka I shared the tragic news of our nephew Emeka’s death in California with you in my last post. My husband Clem and I were there when I wrote. We came back Sunday night, arriving home Monday morning, tired but … Continue reading