Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker


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Kola nuts

Kola nuts

Kola nuts like those in the picture are an important part of welcoming visitors among the Igbo in Nigeria. The host presents the kola to visitors and the oldest guest is invited to break the kola or cut it into sections so everyone has a piece. I think it’s bitter but I chew it when it would be rude to refuse!

I had to chew it when I visited the Dibia, the Igbo name for the rainmaker or shaman, in my husband’s village. I went with my uncle-in-law to ask for the Dibia’s help in preventing rain during an important ceremony.  Do you think he succeeded? You will find the answer in my memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad which you can find on, or just click on the link. 

The kola is a source of caffeine and is used as a flavoring in beverages well-known around the world. I think it’s  the source of the name ‘cola.’ You can read more about kola nuts here.

On other pages you’ll find information about the author and about her adopted country Nigeria. And you can browse a list of the author’s publications. If you have questions about me or about Nigeria, please ask. Would you like to know how many tribes there are in Nigeria? Or how many people? You can ask in the comment section below.



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  2. Great blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What web host
    are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?

    I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  3. I do not remember…..
    But that does not mean I didn’t do it! What calendars? Lynn

  4. Wish I could be in Nashville to meet you. Have heard about you for years. I was in Badagary when you were. living in Lagos. (Nigeria 10). I am on FON board and have been following your comments. Cannot wait to read your book! Lynn

  5. This is terrific. I am so happy that the book will be out soon. You have much to share. Judy

  6. I remember that April 19, 1967 was Nkwo because I have an Igbo calendar and diary from 1967. I’ll bring it to Nashville.

  7. Cathy, I’m so glad I checked in on Facebook today and found all your exciting news! Congratulations on all your are accomplishing.

    Your website/blog is superb and I can’t wait to read your memoir. Do keep blogging the parts you feel you have to remove. I don’t want to miss any of what you originally wrote.

    By the way, the photos on your blog are wonderful and I like the layout very much.

  8. Nkwo, Eke, Orie, Afor: the four Igbo market days. April 19, 1967 was Nkwo in Onitsha. I’m a FON member, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Nashville.

  9. FON Member. Thank you for calling my attention to this site.


  10. Hi Cathy, What a great website and blog!!! I am very impressed. Meg

  11. Catherine — Kudos on a wonderful website. Your expertise on Nigeria is unmatched and your story fascinating. Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad is bound to wow the masses!

  12. Love your website, Catherine. Informative, interesting and fun! Looking forward to the book. Well done!

  13. Catherine, I’m so proud of you! This sounds like a huge undertaking, but what a gift to your children and grandchildren. I’m looking forward to reading the completed book.

  14. Looking forward to the completed book. Can’t wait to see it in print!

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