Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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

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

April 7, 2017
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Let There Be Light

Solar Power in Africa Kieran Guilbert is based in Dakar, Senegal, where he is the West Africa Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He wrote about solar power in Africa. As he says, much of Africa is without a regular … Continue reading

April 4, 2017
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White Privilege: The Winners

White Privilege Essay Winners The three winners of TEAM Westport’s Essay contest on white privilege read their essays to a full house in Westport Library’s McManus Room yesterday evening. They were brilliant! I was amazed at the sophistication of their writing. … Continue reading

March 22, 2017
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Conversations About Race

Conversations About Race I was pleased to get an email from my college classmate and friend, Judy. She said, “I’ve just finished reading Roots. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it.  Nor have I seen the series.” She said, “My daughter … Continue reading

November 2, 2016
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Feminist and Feminine – We Can Be Both

Feminist and Feminine Chimamanda is making ads for Boots No7 make-up. I like her combination of feminist and feminine. The Americans may not be familiar with Boots. I know the product and the stores from the UK. Boots was started in … Continue reading

July 25, 2016
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Implicit Bias

Can Implicit Bias Be Changed? Like many of my white liberal friends, I like to think I am not biased against people of color, people with disabilities, Muslims, or anyone different from me, because of that difference. But science has shown … Continue reading

June 3, 2016
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Forgiveness

Wisdom on Forgiveness I’ve had mixed feelings about the gorilla and the mom. How could she let her child escape from her sight? Did she deserve forgiveness? Was it even her fault? Margaret Anderson is a trainer, author, and consultant. … Continue reading

February 16, 2016
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African Wealth, Books, and Music

Oxford University Welcomes Wealthiest African Zainab Usman posted a notice about an event at Oxford University that was to take place this afternoon. My fundraising antennae are perking up – is Oxford, or are these students – seeking a donation from … Continue reading

February 4, 2016
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25 Books by African Writers

Loan Request Not An Emergency Nigeria has asked for loans totalling $3.5 billion, $2.5 from the World Bank and the remainder from the African Development Bank, I read. If you are a subscriber to Financial Times and want more details, you … Continue reading