Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

August 9, 2017
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Peace Corps Connect and Island Nations

Peace Corps Connections   Clem and I were in Denver Colorado for “Peace Corps Connect,” the annual 2-day gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends. The day before, Friday, Friends of Nigeria held its own meeting. Friends of Nigeria … Continue reading

July 28, 2017
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UNICEF Broadcasts School Over the Radio

School Over the Radio Children who are in refugee camps and conflict areas often have no opportunity for education. But for some there is a unique chance for school over the radio! “Tens of thousands of children across the Lake … Continue reading

July 20, 2017
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Summertime and Compo Beach is Calling

Beach Party in Westport 06880 Dan Woog writes a blog called 06880. It’s all about the town and people of Westport. Whatever he writes must have a Westport connection. Compo Beach is a major feature of Westport. For the past … Continue reading

July 16, 2017
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Climate Change Effects on Nigeria

The New York Times “Race-Related” I follow The New York Times “Race-Related” series. The stories provide wonderful and useful reflections on Black life in the U.S. The most recent said, “Our correspondents Rachel Swarns and John Eligon were joined this week … Continue reading

July 12, 2017
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Renewable Energy for Power in Nigeria?

Renewable Energy for Africa Tom Coogan, a fellow alum of the Yale School of Management and Facebook friend, posted a recent photo that intrigued me. He was in Northern Nigeria at the launching of a renewable energy project. I found … Continue reading

July 8, 2017
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Biafra Fifty Years Ago and Nigeria Today

Did Biafra Teach Us Anything? The Nigerian army entered Biafra on July 6th, 1967. This was just two weeks after our daughter Beth was born in Enugu, Biafra’s capital. Two months later the Nigerians were bombing Enugu. We ran to … Continue reading

June 24, 2017
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Boko Haram’s Devastation

Boko Haram’s Devastation The NY Times had two excellent stories about Boko Haram and the devastation in people’s lives it has created. “Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram,” was the first one I read. It was … Continue reading

June 18, 2017
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Day Two of African Literature Association Conference

Never Look an American in the Eye I went back to New Haven on Thursday for Day 2 of the African Literature Association Conference. I was part of a panel with the title “Okey Ndibe and Life-Writing: Looking Igbos in … 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 25, 2017
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Free Trade Zone Not Used?

Free Trade Zone Unused? Zainab Usman posted on Facebook about a free trade zone in Nigeria that is now gone to waste. The Guardian News online calls it “Nigeria’s 450 million naira ‘White Elephant’.” More than a decade ago, the free … Continue reading