Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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

August 30, 2016
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New Yam Festival

New Yam Festival You know that I love Igbo culture. This article in Naij.com has five photos that are really lovely examples of Igbo culture. All are related to the New Yam Festival which takes place now, at the end … Continue reading

August 18, 2016
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Call for Gender Equality By 2030

Gender Equality At 16, Kehkashan Basu is bold. She is a fearless proponent of gender equality, and the founder and president of a youth organisation called Green Hope in her native Dubai. At the recent panel discussion on “Investing in Young … Continue reading

May 26, 2016
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Gender Equality

Work for Gender Equality Lakshmi Puri is UN Women’s dynamic Deputy Executive Director. She spoke at an event in New York on May 17 with thanks and a call to action to promote gender equality. I love her reference to … Continue reading

May 22, 2016
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Second Chibok Girl?

Second Chibok Girl? Just two days after the news of a Chibok girl found wandering in the forest, when she was being taken to meet President Buhari, there was news of another. That news is being challenged. There seems no … Continue reading

April 16, 2016
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Georgetown’s Slave History

Georgetown’s Slave History New York Times columnist Rachel Swarms wrote a fascinating piece about Georgetown’s slave history. She tells  the story of the sale of 272 slaves in 1838 to keep the institution solvent. Then she describes efforts underway today to find … Continue reading

April 12, 2016
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UN Secretary General

Campaign for UN Secretary General Our presidential campaign sometimes seems like the only game in town now. But another is happening, only much quieter and mostly out-of-sight. That’s the campaign for the next Secretary General of the UN. Ban Ki-moon’s … Continue reading