Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

July 8, 2017
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Biafra Fifty Years Ago and Nigeria Today

Did Biafra Teach Us Anything? The Nigerian army entered Biafra on July 6th, 1967. This was just two weeks after our daughter Beth was born in Enugu, Biafra’s capital. Two months later the Nigerians were bombing Enugu. We ran to … Continue reading

June 14, 2017
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Education in Nigeria

Education Aid for Sub-Sahara Africa Education in Nigeria is a mixture of very good and very bad, with not a lot in between. Teachers are not eager to be in rural areas. Teachers’ pay is often late and incomplete. Supplies … Continue reading

May 22, 2017
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Singing City with Noted Musicians and African Quilts

Singing City Clem and I went to Philadelphia for a delayed Mother’s Day celebration with our daughter Beth and her family. She sang yesterday with Singing City, an old and revered Philadelphia chorus. Before the concert she introduced me to “I … Continue reading

May 5, 2017
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Nigerian Politics in Crisis?

Love Does Not Win Elections Feyi Fawehinmi, contributor to the Guardian, an online Nigerian publication, writes about Ayisha Osori’s forthcoming book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about Nigerian Politics. He says, “I’ll go out on a limb and say this is … Continue reading

March 30, 2017
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Nigerwives and Intersectionality

Nigerwives and Intersectionality I read a fascinating interview with a Nigerian writer, Angela Ajayi. Her Yoruba last name interested me. I was also intrigued by the title of the article, “On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love.” Does the word ‘intersectionality’ … Continue reading

January 25, 2017
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Talking About Race

Talking About Race Sunday’s presentation “Talking to Children About Race” at the Westport Library, co-sponsored by TEAM Westport, was excellent. Catherine Lewis, LCSW and Zoe Tarrant, MA, MFT were the presenters. Their PowerPoint “What Do White Children See?” led them … Continue reading

October 13, 2016
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Twenty one Chibok Girls Released!

21 Chibok Girls Released  Twenty one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram two and a half years ago were released yesterday! CNN carried a report, as did many Nigerian newspapers. The Nigerian government says negotiations have been going on … Continue reading

July 29, 2016
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Family Birthdays

Family Birthdays Our older son Chinaku and our daughter Beth have June birthdays. All of Beth’s family have their birthdays in June and July, from Kelvin on June 3 to Nkiru today! We celebrated our grandson Kenechi’s birthday on July 4th. He … Continue reading

July 10, 2016
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Mohegan Sun My sister Beth has been visiting for the past twelve days. She’s flying home to Cincinnati as I write. We’re alike in some ways, different in others, like most siblings. She loves to gamble, so nearly every time … Continue reading

July 1, 2016
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Early Fireworks Celebration

Westport’s 4th of July Fireworks Westport and the surrounding towns agree every year about which nights to have their fireworks so they don’t interfere with each other. This year Westport’s fireworks were on June 30! Not even July, but still a … Continue reading