Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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 9, 2017
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Eighty-two Chibok Girls Released

Eighty-two Chibok Girls Released You probably already know the exciting news from Nigeria this past weekend. President Buhari had campaigned on promises to defeat Boko Haram and attack the country’s long-standing corruption. He needs victories, the NY Times said. “Over the … Continue reading

May 5, 2017
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Nigerian Politics in Crisis?

Love Does Not Win Elections Feyi Fawehinmi, contributor to the Guardian, an online Nigerian publication, writes about Ayisha Osori’s forthcoming book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about Nigerian Politics. He says, “I’ll go out on a limb and say this is … Continue reading

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

October 29, 2016
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President Buhari’s Daughter Marries

President’s Daughter Gets Married Hajiya Fatima, President Buhari’s second daughter, married yesterday. Her new husband is the former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Malam Gimba Yau Kumo. The wedding took place in Daura, Katsina state. She … Continue reading

October 25, 2016
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Peace Pipes and Oil Pipelines

Niger Delta Avengers Destroy Oil Pipelines I have some sympathy for the Niger Delta Avengers, though I abhor their actions. They destroy oil pipelines to advance their cause. Yet they have reason to be upset. Since the early days of … Continue reading

October 21, 2016
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The Wife in The Other Room

President Buhari’s Wife in The Other Room President Buhari embarrassed some of his country-people last week! He was in Germany in an effort to promote investments in Nigeria. His wife had made a comment, saying she might not vote for him … Continue reading

October 5, 2016
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Four Small World Occurrences

Small World Occurrence Number 1 Since Oct. 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day, fell on a Saturday, the country declared Monday a holiday. People like a day off work. Of course that’s only relevant for the Nigerians who are fortunate to be employed. It … Continue reading

October 1, 2016
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Nigerian Independence Day

Nigerian Independence Day Nigerian Independence Day is October 1st! Today marks Nigeria’s 56th anniversary of independence from Britain. In 1960 the Queen’s representative Princess Anne graced the handover celebrations. Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took over as independent Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. But … Continue reading

September 27, 2016
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Peace Corps Friends and Family

Peace Corps Friends and Family We had a wonderful few days in Washington DC with Peace Corps friends. I loved it all, but my favorite was the final event. The Walk for Peace started at George Washington University where the … Continue reading