Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 10, 2017
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Humanitarian Crisis

Humanitarian Crisis The former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell is at the Council on Foreign Relations. He writes about much of sub-Sahara Africa. He has written before about the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. He had two recent posts I want … Continue reading

March 6, 2017
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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month I’m borrowing an idea from blogger Margaret Anderson who mentioned honoring Women’s History Month. I’ll write about a few women whose history is important to me. And I invite you to suggest women you’d like to honor in Women’s … Continue reading

March 2, 2017
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Nigeria’s Economic Woes

Nigeria’s Economy in Distress The Financial Times in an article on February 28 says that Nigeria saw the first year in a quarter century with a decline in economic growth. It’s a sad end to a difficult year, a year of … Continue reading

February 26, 2017
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Kitchen Cabinet

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet The author Adrian Miller wrote Inside the President’s Kitchen Cabinet, The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.  He spoke at the Westport Historical Society this week. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017
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Damage from Boko Haram

Combating Boko Haram’s Influence About 70 freed Boko Haram captives are nearing the end of a 9-month program to aid their reintegration to Nigerian society. Psychologists and Islamic teachers are helping them. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, … Continue reading

January 29, 2017
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Beauties and Beasts in Igbo Art

Igbo Art: Beauties and Beasts Thank you to my friend and fellow Mount Holyoke book group member Joan! She told me about the lecture, “The Astonishing Richness of Igbo Art: Beauties, Beasts, and Others.” I went on Thursday evening to the … Continue reading

December 8, 2016
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Nigeria in Need

Nigeria in Need A frightening article in AlJazeera online warns of the situation in northern Nigeria. It says Nigeria is in need. President Buhari is claiming victories against Boko Haram. The article says, “The counterinsurgency has clawed back some territory, … Continue reading

October 9, 2016
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Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate 1986

Wole Soyinka On Friday evening Clem and I joined our friend Ruth Omabegho for an evening in New York. We enjoyed plantain, chicken, steak, sweet potato fries, and coconut flan at a lovely Cuban restaurant. Then we headed to NYU … Continue reading

September 19, 2016
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Igbo Marriage Rites Full of Tradition, Modified!

Chidi’s Igbo Marriage Igbo marriage rites were in full swing when my husband Clem went to Hemet, California, for the wedding of his nephew Chidi. Other African customs were in play too. Clem’s younger brother Godwin, Chidi’s dad, died a few years … Continue reading

September 15, 2016
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Refugees and Migrants at the UN

High Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants Yesterday in beautiful late summer weather, I met my friend Marilyn in New York. After lunch at Le Pain Quotidien we went to a panel on refugees and migrants hosted by the NGO Committee on the … Continue reading