Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

August 28, 2018
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Peace Corps Connections, Part II

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award The National Peace Corps Association, NPCA, gives out several awards every year. The Harris Wofford Award, named for an influential leader of the early Peace Corps, is the highest. It “honors an outstanding global leader … Continue reading

July 27, 2018
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Empowering Women and Girls

Empowering Women and Girls in Nigeria’s Adamawa State An article about Jamila Babuba, a female candidate for office in Nigeria’s Adamawa State, led me on a search about the UN program empowering women and girls. I read about her in … Continue reading

July 14, 2018
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Justice in Nigeria

Justice in Nigeria How does anyone get justice in Nigeria? The country’s justice system is broken. Even when relevant laws are on the books, they are poorly enforced. Lawyers are expensive and not easily accessible. One radio and TV host … Continue reading

June 25, 2018
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Preparation for Nigeria’s General Elections

Gender Sensitivity Training for Nigerian Journalists Nigeria will hold general elections in 2019 to choose the President and the National Assembly. This is the 6th time elections are being held since 1999 when military rule came to an end. President Buhari has … Continue reading

June 2, 2018
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Implicit Bias Training

Starbucks Implicit Bias Training The writer and associate professor of journalism at Temple University Lori L. Tharps lives in Philadelphia. She wrote about the recent Starbucks incident when two Black men were arrested. She offers five easy steps for Starbucks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018
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Can an Oba End Human Trafficking?

Using Tradition to Combat Human Trafficking Benin was a powerful West African kingdom centuries before Europeans arrived in what is now Nigeria. Portuguese explorers came in the late 15th century. Trade developed between the Edo people of Benin and the … Continue reading

March 6, 2018
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Native American Graduate of Mount Holyoke

Native American Graduate of Mount Holyoke College Ruth Muskrat Bronson was not the first Native American woman to attend Mount Holyoke. There had been others even as early as 1846. But she was the first Native American to graduate. Mount Holyoke … Continue reading

February 17, 2018
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Angel Adelaja, Hyrdoponic Farmer

Angel Adelaja, Hydroponic Farmer BBC News has a great story about a Nigerian entrepreneur who is doing hydroponic farming in Nigeria. Angel Adelaja is using shipping containers to grow salad greens. The story is part of BBC World Hacks. The … Continue reading

October 24, 2017
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Alumnae Seminar – Thirty-Eight Years Strong

Thirty-Eight Years of Alumnae Seminars Several times over the last twenty-four years, since living in Westport, I’ve attended the annual Alumnae Seminar put on by the Seven Sisters Alumnae in Fairfield County. It is always from 9:30 to 12:30, includes … Continue reading

October 8, 2017
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Nigeria’s Anniversary Gift

Super Eagles Victory – An Anniversary Gift Nigeria’s senior men’s football team, the Super Eagles, defeated Zambia on Saturday. President Buhari called the match Nigeria’s anniversary gift, coming right after Oct. 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day. “Tonight the Super Eagles gave us … Continue reading