Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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



March 27, 2016
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#Pray for Nigeria

#Pray for Nigeria Do you know the publication Atlanta Blackstar? They say, “We publish narratives intentionally and specifically to enlighten and transform the world.” I learned about the #Pray for Nigeria campaign on their page. The writer David Love points out in … Continue reading



February 28, 2016
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US to Help Confront Boko Haram

Special Ops to Help Confront Boko Haram? Two NY Times articles claimed my attention on Friday morning. The first said that American special operations team members are going to help Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram. I was very … Continue reading



January 7, 2016
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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
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Halloween

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
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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
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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
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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