Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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

April 20, 2016
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Living in Community: Lessons from Africa

Living in Community: Lessons from Africa On Wednesday afternoon I spoke to the Women’s Alliance at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. I called my talk Living in Community: Lessons from Africa. My friend Marilyn, who was a … Continue reading

November 16, 2015
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Three Book Clubs, Two Ministers, One Astronomer

The Riverside Book Club Have you read Things Fall Apart? The novel is Chinua Achebe’s masterful work about life in an Igbo village when the missionaries first arrive. I read it during Peace Corps training in 1962. On Saturday I attended the Riverside … Continue reading

October 23, 2015
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How Do You Live With a Fatwah?

You Don’t Look Scary Salman Rushdie greeted the audience on Thursday night at Westport Library’s 13th Annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts by saying, “I’m sorry you’ve had a bit of a fuss about my arriving.” He continued, “You don’t … Continue reading