Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

Second Installment Anniversary Celebration

Our house in Nanka before the festivities. Generator is in the small building on the left.

Our house in Nanka before the festivities. Generator is in the small building on the left.

I started writing while at Charles de Gaulle Airport after the flight from Lagos and waiting for the flight to the U.S. Now I’m home in Connecticut, exhausted but relieved to be done with travel for now.

Kelvin posted a great picture of our house in the village as it looks when all is quiet.

It was transformed for the anniversary celebration. First canopies went up. Then a table for the cake was set up with chairs behind it for us, the chief, the chairman, and immediate family. Chairs and tables were placed under canopies all over the yard for the guests.


The cake

The amazing cake. When we cut it, the bakers ignited sparklers at each end.

We could barely see over the cake table but early in the event the cake was uncovered and then we could see our guests!

After the opening prayers, hymns, and solos, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, the chair, spoke. Clem gave the tribute to me next, and I followed with my tribute to him and to our marriage.

Dozie spoke first, then Clem, then me.

Dozie spoke first, then Clem, then me.




Dr. Ekwueme, the former Nigerian vice president, also said a few words.

Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former vice president.

Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former vice president. He still has a bodyguard.





Third installment coming in four days!

Author: Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, blogger, speaker. Born in New York, grew up in mid west United States, lived in Nigeria for 24 years, back in U.S. since 1986. Advocate for racial justice.


  1. what a house….looks like a mansion compared to what I saw many years ago…Looked like you all really had a party, but then 50 yrs., what else could you’ve had but what you did!! Congrats again!

    • Thanks, Beth. There are several mansions in Nanka though ours is not one. But it’s an improvement over what you saw 48 years ago and the house we stayed in during the Biafran War! We have indoor plumbing, electricity, and a gas stove. We even bought a microwave this time. But we couldn’t use it! It knocked out the generator every time we turned it on.

  2. You guys certainly know how to throw a party – looks amazing and joyous – a fitting tribute to 50 years together!

  3. Oh my, these pictures are terrific! You all look so beautiful, warm and happy. So sorry you had to come back to this rotten weather.


  4. What a beautiful story and celebration! Congratulations and all good wishes!
    Your ceremony and party reminds me of a piece of student art we received from Nigeria a year or two ago.
    I want to send it along to you to enjoy!

  5. Catherine,
    I have greatly enjoyed hearing about and seeing pictures of this landmark event. How wonderful!
    Hard to believe a person who looks as young as you do has been married 50 years. Congratulations!

  6. Congratulations to you and Clem for 50 very full years together. My only regret is that I haven’t known the two of you for more than a quarter of that time. I’m so happy that your celebrations were so warm and loving. Best wishes to you both, Marilyn Mehr and Betty Walker

  7. Thanks for the lovely photos. And again, Happy Anniversary!