Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

June 7, 2016
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Kano Horror, Birthday Joys

Kano Horror A Christian woman trader named Bridget said something offensive to Muslims in the market in Kano, northern Nigeria, on Thursday. The result was a Kano horror. Did she mean to be offensive? Or was her comment innocent but mis-interpreted as … Continue reading

May 30, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Buhari’s First Year in Office

President Buhari’s First Year Review Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari marked his first year in office with a speech on May 29. He touched on major issues – Boko Haram, the Delta insurgents, and the economy. Buhari opened his address this way, … Continue reading

November 16, 2015
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Three Book Clubs, Two Ministers, One Astronomer

The Riverside Book Club Have you read Things Fall Apart? The novel is Chinua Achebe’s masterful work about life in an Igbo village when the missionaries first arrive. I read it during Peace Corps training in 1962. On Saturday I attended the Riverside … Continue reading

August 8, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Black Lives Do Matter

Back Home in Connecticut My sister Beth and I drove back from Maine on Wednesday. The drive was long, of course, just like going, but we had fun. Our only disappointment of the whole trip was that we did not … Continue reading

July 15, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Get Out the Vote!

Go Slow? After President Buhari’s resounding victory and impressive inaugural ceremony in Nigeria on May 29 many people, myself included, expected quick action, at least visible action, against Boko Haram. We also thought he would announce his ministerial appointments within … Continue reading

May 28, 2015
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Four Challenges for Buhari

Four Key Challenges Max Siollun shared photos of Buhari and Jonathan together as Jonathan showed his successor through the presidential compound. I took one of his photos to share with you – thank you, Max. Buhari campaigned against corruption, mismanagement, … Continue reading

May 24, 2015
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Memorial Day

Tide Turning Max Siollun is a Nigerian journalist and historian. I’ve quoted him before. He shared his story in The Guardian about Boko Haram and how the fight has changed. Now it is Boko Haram that is on the run, … Continue reading

May 20, 2015
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May 20

Rescued from Boko Haram I am always both pleased and apprehensive to see “Nigeria” on the front page of The New York Times. Two days ago I found a sad, indeed horrific, story by Adam Nossiter which describes the girls and women rescued … Continue reading

April 14, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

One Year Anniversary

Chibok Kidnapping A Year Ago Today marks a year since the girls from the Chibok School were kidnapped. The International Business Times has a solid article describing how Boko Haram is still carrying out vicious attacks and how little has … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
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Women Power and Women’s Rights

Adichie To Speak At Wellesley I learned today that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be the commencement speaker at Wellesley. I wish it were Mount Holyoke, but I’m glad it’s a women’s college. I read the info on Ainehi Edoro’s blog Brittle Paper, … Continue reading