Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

Reviews of Nigeria Revisited

From Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: 

“The cover is just lovely – tells a story all by itself. Good synopsis, too – hits the highlights without going too far. (I like the figures on the back cover, too.)  I love the way your opening jumps right to the arrival. Love the gonorrhea sign on p. 2! I enjoyed the meeting with the parents on pps. 35-36. Very touching.

“Your use of language is impressively clear and direct. Really a pleasure to read. I can tell you spent many hours crafting it.

“It’s fun the way the cultural information threads its way through universal struggles like child-rearing and dealing with relatives. Take this little passage on the masquerades on p. 71. The hand sticking out of the earth – what a stunning vision! p. 127.

“The prospect of mixed-race children in 1970s Kentucky. Wow! You must have blown a few minds. And what beautiful children – the addition of the photos is quite a nice touch.

“It’s amazing, really, that you had a chance to see your biracial family against both of your cultural settings. From a sociologist’s point of view, this is quite a unique opportunity! And then the clash of Christian and Igbo customs in Nigeria itself.

“It’s a fascinating book, and an intriguing life. Congratulations on both.”

Although I didn’t win an award I was very happy with with the judge’s commentary.

Amazon Reviews

There are twelve reviews posted on Amazon. I’d love to have twenty! Can you add one?

The first Amazon review was by Deborah Stewart. She had connected with me on Facebook a couple of years ago. She actually searched for me and joined Facebook in order to connect. I was touched. And why did she do this? I was her fourth grade teacher in Covington, Kentucky, in 1969-70!

Lowell Fewster and David Koren wrote reviews. They were both Peace Corps volunteers in Nigeria, Lowell in my group and David a couple of years later.

Mike Briggs wrote a quick review. I knew him in Nigeria in the 1960’s! We re-connected at a Unitarian-Universalist Association General Assembly several years ago and have stayed in touch through Facebook!

Who will post the next review? Will it be you?


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  1. I just posted this on Amazon….
    An absolute amazing book!! I heard Catherine speak at the Westport Library and initially had no intention of buying the book. After I heard her story I was so intrigued that I decided to buy it. This was one of the best books I’ve ever read!! It combined history of a country I knew little about with the openly honest memoir of a young woman who at 21 years old in the 1960s took a big risk and volunteered in the Peace Corps. It is unbelievable that she had the courage to embark on this journey and when you read about the obstacles that she encountered it is unimaginable! Add to that her future marriage to a Nigerian man who she met there and the raising of 3 children during very tenuous times in Nigeria. I couldn’t put the book down and was so unhappy when it ended!
    My suggestion before you read the book is to learn something about the history of Nigeria, Nigeria in the 60s, and the Biafran War. I also kept a map of Nigeria close at hand so I could follow and understand where she was and where she traveled. Now that Nigeria is in the headlines again it makes this book even more meaningful.

    • Thank you, Andrea. I’m so glad you bought my book and loved it! I’m grateful to you for posting this wonderful review on Amazon. I hope you’ll also tell your friends about it. Are you in a book group? Since you’re nearby, I could come to a discussion if you wanted. Your suggestion of keeping a map of Nigeria close at hand is good.

      • I have recommended the book to many of my friends and acquaintances. Just like my first impression their response was ” Well….Okay but doesn’t seem to be something I’d be interested in” But once they see and hear your story just like I did they will definitely try reading it. And then be so glad they did!
        So my suggestion is to speak at as many libraries as possible, colleges and universities, social clubs and houses of worship. Once people hear your story and meet you they will be as intrigued as I was!

        • Thank you, Andrea, for your suggestion and encouragement. I’m trying to speak as frequently as possible. I have two engagements this coming weekend, and then several more in May and June. But I’d like more! I sold eight books at the conference in London after I had spoken on a panel.

  2. I was honored to meet you again after 45 years, and thrilled to receive an autographed copy of your book for writing your 1st review. I’m re-reading now, and trying to go at a slower pace than the 1st time around savoring each account of your journey.

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