Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

October 28, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Boko Haram Turns Girls Into Bombers

Boko Haram Still Active I keep hoping that the bits of positive information from the Nigerian government about defeating Boko Haram are true. Though there have been some successes, there are still so many more challenges. “So far this year, … Continue reading

October 16, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations – a Final Report Several months ago I mentioned a program in which I participated at The Unitarian Church in Westport called “Beloved Conversations.” Beloved Conversations is a program created at Meadville Lombard, the Unitarian Seminary in Chicago. The … Continue reading

September 26, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Ethnic Group or Tribe?

New Canaan Library Author Talk The audience of about 35 people at my New Canaan Library Author Talk on Monday evening was enthusiastic and full of interesting questions. As people were leaving one audience member said, “Why do you use … Continue reading

September 18, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

We Belong to a Community

Rev. Barber: What We Must Do Have you seen, heard, or heard of Rev. William Barber? He has been speaking out about structural racism. He has tough words for all of us interested in confronting race issues in our country. … Continue reading

September 14, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Agriculture in Nigeria

President Buhari Praises Agriculture in Nigeria I’m happy to see President Muhammadu Buhari back in action. He cut the ribbon to inaugurate, “Africa’s biggest hatchery and feed mill,” according to Premium Times. Nigeria must feed itself – Buhari The project is … Continue reading

September 10, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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The Arc of the Moral Universe

The Arc of the Moral Universe You probably know the phrase, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I thought it came from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. And it does, but started elsewhere! … Continue reading

September 6, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Time for New Yam Festival

The New Yam Festival published an entertaining article yesterday about the new yam festival. This is the time of year for the festival. The first new yams have been harvested, and it is time to celebrate. The event begins … Continue reading

September 2, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Is There Slavery in Nigeria Today?

Slavery in Nigeria Today? Sahara Reporters, a Nigerian online publication, had an article about slavery. The story led with comments by Priti Patel, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development. During a recent visit she announced increased funding to … Continue reading

August 29, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination Warns U.S.

UN Issues Warning A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination. “Such statements are usually issued by the United Nations committee on the elimination … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride My friend and blog reader J. wrote with a question. Her daughter is getting married in Nigeria to a Nigerian man. J. was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria and married a Nigerian. But instead … Continue reading