My Nigeria: An Insider’s Look

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September 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Curtis Gallery

The Nigerian people hold strong ties to their families, clans, tribes, and country, and it doesn’t take long for foreign residents to feel the same bond. So in 1962, when 21 year old Catherine Onyemelukwe launches her two-year adventure with the Peace Corps, she has no idea what the African country has in store. Her memoir, Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad, revisits her two years overseas that became twenty-four, during which her experiences brim with friendships, students, travels around the country, and love.


Catherine Onyemelukwe began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, where she met her Igbo husband and raised three children. Her teaching career was interrupted by the Biafran War when she lived in husband’s village. After the war she co-founded Nigerwives, an organization for foreign wives of Nigerians, ran her own fashion company in Lagos, and returned to the U.S. to earn her MBA at Yale. She currently serves on the board of the US National Committee for UN Women and teaches courses in Lifetime Learners, a program at Norwalk Community College. She and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Nigeria in 2014.


September 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
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