Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

January 7, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Superhuman Black Men?

Are Young Black Men Superhuman? Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview with BBC on January 4 is worth hearing. It’s just under 10 minutes. First, she says something about perceptions that is no surprise to those of us with close ties … Continue reading

October 31, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe


Greenwich Arts Council I had a lively audience on Thursday evening at the Greenwich Arts Council. Everyone had read Americanah, the ‘Town Read,’ and were happy to hear Chimamanda’s greetings. The audience members had lots of questions. That’s always fun for … Continue reading

September 17, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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The Hummingbird

Outside of the Window I’m with my sister Beth at her friend Stephanie’s home in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. I lived in Fort Thomas from 7th grade through the time I was in the Peace Corps. Stephanie just served us a … Continue reading

September 1, 2015
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Could They Do It?

Five Hundred Days The Executive Director of UN Women, South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, reminds us that 500 days have passed since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. She urges us to welcome what the Nigerian government is attempting to do, even though Boko Haram is … Continue reading

August 20, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Dear Hillary, Why #Black Lives Matter

My Letter to Hillary Did you see the video of Hillary speaking with the activist Julius Jones from Black Lives Matter? This was backstage in Keene, New Hampshire. I read about the exchange in The New York Times, and watched … Continue reading

July 27, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Live as Brothers or Perish as Fools

Girls as Bombers Reading about girls being used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram is so sad. I can’t imagine they are undertaking the task willingly. Are they tricked into wearing the bombs? Or forced? Do they realize what it … Continue reading

July 15, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Get Out the Vote!

Go Slow? After President Buhari’s resounding victory and impressive inaugural ceremony in Nigeria on May 29 many people, myself included, expected quick action, at least visible action, against Boko Haram. We also thought he would announce his ministerial appointments within … Continue reading

May 20, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

May 20

Rescued from Boko Haram I am always both pleased and apprehensive to see “Nigeria” on the front page of The New York Times. Two days ago I found a sad, indeed horrific, story by Adam Nossiter which describes the girls and women rescued … Continue reading

May 8, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Mother’s Day

Women and Children Rescued There have been several stories recently of women and children rescued from Boko Haram. One reporter from the BBC, Will Ross, was able to interview some of the rescued people. He relates their frightful stories. A report on … Continue reading

April 30, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Two Strong Women, Fela, and My Book

Women in Nigeria’s Election An analysis piece in All Africa on April 24 bemoaned the lack of women in Nigerian elected offices. There had appeared to be some progress, but it hasn’t lasted. The writer said, “In 2003, women made up … Continue reading