Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

Speaking engagements

First place for Speech at CT Press Club awards celebration, enjoying the company and the wine!

First place for Speech “Sharing & Caring in Community” at CT Press Club awards celebration, enjoying the company and the wine!

Upcoming Events 

  • PeaceCorpsConnect, Denver, CO, Friends of Nigeria, “Nigeria Today: Malls, Mayhem and Modernity,” August 3, 2017
  • Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, CT, First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830, “Nigeria Its Culture and Its Place in the World Today,” September 20, 2017, 11 am. Open and free to the community
  • New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT, September 25, 2017, 6:30 pm

Most Recent Nearby Events 

  • Bigelow Center, Fairfield, CT, 6-week course, “400 Years of Nigerian History,” began April 17, 2017
  • Yale Conference Africa and the World, “Nigerwives A Major Transnational Connection,” New Haven, CT, June 14-17
  • Lifetime Learners Institute, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT, Lunch & Learn, Culture, Customs and Chaos in Nigeria January 20, 2017
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Stamford, CT, Guest Speaker: Living in Community, Lessons from Africa, A Story of Belonging, Again, November 6, 2016
  • Westport Woman’s Club, Westport, CT, Author Talk, October 10, 2016
  • Sugar and Olives, Norwalk, CT, Westport Writers Workshop Authors’ Reading, July 14, 2016
  • Meadow Ridge, Redding, CT, Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, April 252016
  • Westport Sunrise Rotary, CT, Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, April 3, 2016
  • Yale Women Connecticut Author Conversation, Westport, CT, February 7, 2016
Five Highlands High School classmates came to Joseph-Beth Booksellers talk.

Five Highlands High School classmates came to Joseph-Beth Booksellers talk.

National and International Book Talks and Author Signings

  • April 21-22, 2017 SOAS Igbo Conference, London, “Powering Biafra, One Key Actor”
  • Feb. 16 – 19, 2017 International Unitarian Universalist Women’s Convocation, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA,  “Living in Community-Lessons from Nigeria”
  • September 21-25, 2016 PeaceCorpsConnect, George Washington University, Washington DC, Memoir Panel & Exhibit Hall book sales
  • September 22, 2015, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, KY (Cincinnati area)
  • September 18, 2015, All 8th grade students, Aiken New Tech High School, Cincinnati OH
  • August 3, 2015, Southwest Harbor Library, Maine
  • June 8, 2015, Park City, Utah, Joint meeting of two book clubs
  • June 5-6, 2015, PeaceCorpsConnect, UC Berkeley, Memoir Panel & Exhibit Hall book sales
  • June 2, 2015, Paradise Valley Estates, Fairfield California

New York City

  • Women’s Alliance Luncheon, All Souls Unitarian Church, April 20, 2016 Living in Community
  • Sisters Uptown Book Club, February 27, 2016
  • Riverside Book Club, Riverside Church, NY City, December 12, 2015
  • Morningside Retirement and Health Services, Nigeria Revisited, 100 LaSalle, New York City, Oct. 21 2015

Other Book Talks and Author Signings 

Fairfield Library with Program Director Karen Armold

Fairfield Library with Program Director Karen Arnold

      • Senior Men’s Association of Stamford (SMAS), CT, April 7, 2016
      • Fairfield Senior Center, CT, March 15, 2016
      • International Book Group, Fairfield Library, Fairfield CT, January 13, 2016
      • Y’s Women, Westport CT, Temple Israel, January 11, 2016

        2015 Events

      • Scarsdale Teachers Association, High School, December 10
      • Fairfield Library, CT, Nov. 4
      • Westport, CT, Rotary, Nov. 3
      • Greenwich Arts Center, CT, Oct. 29, Americanah and Nigeria RevisitedAmericanah was Greenwich’s 2015 Town Read
      • Greenwich High School, CT, Oct. 26, Nigeria News
      • Greenwich Library Book Club, CT, Oct. 13, Conversation about Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
      • University of Bridgeport, CT, Oct. 1, Professor Hess’ class
      • Weston, CT, Newcomers Book Group, Thursday, May 21
      • Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe CT, May 11  YouTube
      • Mt. Holyoke Fairfield Villages Alumnae Club, Sunday, April 26 
      • Weston, CT, Library Lunch and Learn, March 2015
Book signing Westport Senior Center

Signing my book for a purchaser at the Westport Senior Center talk.

News from Early Events

My first public author appearance took place on November 5, 2014, at the Westport Senior Center. I blogged about the event later. In this photo I was speaking with a couple of members of the audience.

My second talk was for the Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Bridgeport the next evening, November 6.

My third event was a talk for the survey course in African History that my friend and college classmate Anne Pardo was teaching at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. I spoke mostly about my husband’s childhood growing up in colonial Nigeria.

I’m very glad my daughter recommended I create PowerPoint presentations for the talks. I know including photo, pictures, and maps makes the talks more engaging.

Then came the program for Lunch and Learn at the Weston Connecticut Library. I was interviewed for the cable television program Carousel, hosted by Marcelle Soviero in early December. Here’s the article from the Weston paper about my appearance.

Other past events include:

  • Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Organization, Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • Westport Library – “Writing Women’s Lives” March 20th, 2015 at 12 noon, Joint Program with Marcelle Soviero (we spoke about the memoir writing process, self-publishing, and editorial work)

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