Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

June 15, 2016
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Celebrate Life

Celebrate Life of Emeka Friday and Saturday afternoon in California were heavy and sad for us. How could we celebrate life? We were there for the funeral of Clem’s nephew Emeka who had been killed 51 days earlier. Friday afternoon we’d … Continue reading

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

January 7, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Superhuman Black Men?

Are Young Black Men Superhuman? Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview with BBC on January 4 is worth hearing. It’s just under 10 minutes. First, she says something about perceptions that is no surprise to those of us with close ties … Continue reading

July 27, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Live as Brothers or Perish as Fools

Girls as Bombers Reading about girls being used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram is so sad. I can’t imagine they are undertaking the task willingly. Are they tricked into wearing the bombs? Or forced? Do they realize what it … Continue reading

April 22, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Four Women’s Stories

Women in Technology Westport Library is presenting a series called “Wisdom from CEOs.” Tonight the presenter was Jennifer Lawton of the digital manufacturing companies Stratasys and MakerBot. As an industry leader in the global 3D desktop printing industry, she focuses … Continue reading

February 5, 2015
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Nanka, New York Times, Problems and Hope

Unique Greeting Anniversary Greeting from Nanka Students’ Union We received an email from the Nanka Students’ Union a couple of days ago. It’s a warm and wonderful anniversary greeting. I love it. I haven’t emailed them my thanks yet. I will … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Second Installment Anniversary Celebration

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 … Continue reading

September 18, 2014
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New Yam Festival; Climate Change Call

New Yam Festival Part 2 My husband Clem said I should have told you more about the meaning and celebration of the new yam festival. I don’t always do what he recommends, as he could tell you, but this time I’m … Continue reading

May 29, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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The Dibia, Part 1, and an Intro to Nigeria’s History

Papa’s Death and Going to the Dibia (native doctor) I promised you the first installment of the chapter from my memoir about meeting the native doctor or Dibia. This chapter starts when we were in London near the end of the … Continue reading

May 9, 2014
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Boko Haram in Nigeria and Conclusion of Naming Ceremony

Boko Haram has captured headlines around the world. I’m sure you have been reading about the abducted girls from northern Nigeria. The writer Tim Cocks describes the decline of Nigeria’s military in recent decades and why the country is finding … Continue reading