Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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 19, 2017
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Combating Boko Haram

Can Boko Haram Be Defeated? My friend Laura sent me this excellent 2 and 1/2 minute video from the Carter Center. The speaker, Dr. Fatima Akilu, “is a university educator and an advocate for marginalized groups working in the area … 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

April 7, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Let There Be Light

Solar Power in Africa Kieran Guilbert is based in Dakar, Senegal, where he is the West Africa Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He wrote about solar power in Africa. As he says, much of Africa is without a regular … Continue reading

March 14, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Pi Day

Math Fun Do you remember Pi? No, not the book or movie Life of Pi, but from math! Think of today’s date – 3/14. Does that remind you? It would, if you studied geometry or trigonometry in high school or college. … Continue reading

March 10, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Humanitarian Crisis

Humanitarian Crisis The former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell is at the Council on Foreign Relations. He writes about much of sub-Sahara Africa. He has written before about the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. He had two recent posts I want … Continue reading

March 2, 2017
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Nigeria’s Economic Woes

Nigeria’s Economy in Distress The Financial Times in an article on February 28 says that Nigeria saw the first year in a quarter century with a decline in economic growth. It’s a sad end to a difficult year, a year of … Continue reading

February 26, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Kitchen Cabinet

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet The author Adrian Miller wrote Inside the President’s Kitchen Cabinet, The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.  He spoke at the Westport Historical Society this week. … Continue reading

January 21, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Finding My Way in Nigeria

Finding My Way in Nigeria From my first days in Nigeria, I knew I had to depend on others for help in finding my way. My school’s headmaster gave me the address of the apartment where I would live. It was 25 … Continue reading