Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

May 17, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Ogbanje, The Repeating Children

Ogbanje, the Repeating Children, or Changlings My second book with the current trial title, When the Kola Nut Reaches Home, describes ogbanje, the “repeating or returning children,” in Igbo traditional belief. Sometimes ogbanje is translated as “changlings.” I first read about … Continue reading

May 13, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Okey Ndibe’s Memoir and Its Intriguing Title

Okey Ndibe’s Memoir Never Look an American in the Eye is the title of Okey Ndibe’s memoir. How did he choose the title? He says, Never Look an American in the Eye, A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making … Continue reading

November 2, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Feminist and Feminine – We Can Be Both

Feminist and Feminine Chimamanda is making ads for Boots No7 make-up. I like her combination of feminist and feminine. The Americans may not be familiar with Boots. I know the product and the stores from the UK. Boots was started in … Continue reading

January 27, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Fifty Pots of Wine

US Commerce Secretary in Nigeria Nigeria is struggling with the low price of oil and what that is doing to foreign exchange. These problems have happened before. The forming of Nigerwives, the organization I helped found in the late 1970’s, … Continue reading

March 14, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Boko Haram, Blog, Boycott

Mercenaries Fighting Boko Haram? Are South African mercenaries helping Nigerian forces battle Boko Haram? I saw a report in The NYTimes, and then found several other media, including the BBC, talking about the presence of South African and former Soviet Union soldiers … Continue reading

December 7, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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All About Books and Reading

Books for Nigeria I used to carry several books on each trip to Nigeria, though I often wouldn’t read even one. When I travel on Dec. 18, I’m carrying my books on my iPad, a lot easier. I bought a … Continue reading

November 17, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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New Subscribers Welcome

Welcome New Readers Three talks done! I’m excited to welcome new readers to this blog. Several people who heard me speak at the Westport Senior Center  signed on. Then several more from the talk I gave the next evening for the … Continue reading

October 28, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Human Rights, Go-Slow, Ebola Scare

Human Rights Watch reports on Boko Haram’s treatment of abducted girls and women in Nigeria and calls for the group to stop their campaign. American author Bridgett Davis writes about Nigeria and a missing sister. I share a story about Westport’s wonderful EMS team and their worry about Ebola.

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October 4, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Names and Photos With Meaning

Many Igbo names have meanings. Kelechi and Kenechi mean the same – thank God. I found photos for my book and used Miggs Burroughs’ lenticular image from Tunnel Vision for the cover.

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August 9, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Connecting Links

Connections – So Many! I’ve made many connections and reconnections in the last few days! I wish I could draw, and I’d make a diagram for you that shows all the links!  Most, but not quite all, involve Nigeria. The first also … Continue reading