Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women

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About Publish Join Sign In. Readers Benefits of registering Where are my ebooks? Ask it above. These women do not know themselves, and have never met. But it is as if their stories are connected by an invisible thread that holds them together. Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect and inner peace. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors.

I remember my mother-in-law building an oven out of mud so she could bake bread with the substitute flour Biafra was producing. My friend Jean learned to make a substitute for Quaker Oats with the local grain. But in Nigeria exam results are public, or at least they were. Except maybe it was an enterprising Igbo woman who had lived through the war. Perhaps she had learned to make use of available resources to sell her goods in the market!

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She returned recently from Guatemala. When Olga Marina Mendoza Raymundo was 15, she got married. When she was 16, Olga gave birth to her first child. Olga was never able to attend school after 2nd grade. Her husband died in an unexplained accident nearly a year ago, so now she struggles to support herself and her three children.

How many people, especially women, around the world have the same talent as Mia, but never the opportunity to nurture or use that talent? Mia saw evidence of humanitarian and government programs. Though most of the barriers are no longer legal, their aftermath lives on.

For the first decade or so after the US Civil War the newly-freed slaves registered and voted in record numbers. They elected Grant president because he had encouraged their participation on the side of the North in the war. He supported government intervention to prevent violence against them by frustrated southerners. The Ku Klux Klan grew stronger, lynchings became more common, and Blacks were intimidated from voting. We have not recovered.

So I ask, how many people of color have the same talent as Mia but have been denied oppotunity by our systemic racism? Wealth built on free slave labor was accumulated by the white plantation owners but also by industrialists, bankers and merchants. Opportunity to accumulate wealth was given briefly after the Civil War, but then taken away again! How else can we address the gross inequality, created by slavery and fostered by the Jim Crow laws, that still exists today?

June 4, by Catherine Onyemelukwe 0 comments. I write frequently about injustices in the US against African-Americans. They are no longer legal, though they have by no means disappeared. But the injustices done to Native Americans are enshrined in law which still exists! She said,. No government would cite these doctrines to justify its actions today.

But we have not yet fully dismantled the legal infrastructure that permitted abuse of Native Americans. On reservations starting in the midth century, the United States established military-run detention camps where the executive branch held limitless power. United States v.

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War power enshrined in the constitution gave the government unlimited ability to pursue the Indian Wars from and continuing for years. Kay Galarza, a high school junior in New York, is the author. She lists many daily challenges faced by students of color in predominately white institutions. She ends on a note of hope.

We talked about the same issues and the need for training. My friend Joanne, American married to a Nigerian, sent me a message a couple of days ago. When this announcement came I immediately dropped everything and started applying for his visa renewal. When she looked for an available interview date, there was none available. But the next day she found that suddenly there were dates. So she was able to book a time for him. Will updating the manuscript be easier than uploading the original manuscript, I wonder.

That was a pain, even with my book designer Opal on the case! To those celebrating Eid al Fitr today, June 4, I wish you a happy celebration. Memorial Day in the US is called the unofficial start of summer. Today was perfect for that title — over 80 degrees, sunny, not too humid. Clem was eager to watch the Memorial Day parade in Westport.

He nearly leapt out of bed when I woke him at to say it was time to get ready.


Could we get near enough so the walk would be easy for him? But we found a parking place close to the action quickly. By or so we were in position on the Post Road, and the parade was already well underway. But we saw the huge Bedford Middle School band and two drum and fife corps from other towns. A few years ago we went with Ikem and his parents. Beth and Kelvin joined us with Ikem in his stroller. Yesterday he received an email with a photo of the Lagos Branch gathering.

Several Democratic candidates and others are writing and speaking more openly about reparations. Are reparations justified? Can they in any way make up for the injustices suffered by former slaves whose free labor — for years — enriched the white population? What is reasonable, what is fair, and who would pay?

In there was an attempt at a bill to consider reparations. Maybe the time is coming. The House Judicial Committee has been introduced a bill calling for a study on the issue. Not only were they denied the ability to earn a livelihood. They and their children were treated as second class citizens or worse for decades.

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It is this cumulative effect that justifies the payment of reparations to descendants of slaves long dead, supporters say. The questions and hurdles are many. But there are also a variety of proposals for how this could be done.

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How to find the money is perhaps the major issue. Would the country assume more debt to make the payouts? The call for some form of reparations to make up for the years of injustice seems morally right to me. Would I be willing to pay higher taxes to provide the funds? Yes, if wealthier people and corporations share the tax burden fairly. Would you? After depositing its cargo, the captain burned and sank the vessel to hide the evidence. The ship has just recently been found.

The community is hoping it will be raised and brought to their town. While the community was thriving a few decades ago, the loss of industry and mills in the area has devstated it. Local businesses have closed and many people have moved away. I wish them success in getting the ship raised and restored. Let me know if you hear more about this story. May 23, by Catherine Onyemelukwe 4 Comments.

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There is no mosque in Westport or our neighboring smaller town of Weston; the dinner was held at Saugatuck Congregational Church. I arrived at 7 and took a seat by a friend. I nearly reached for the bottle of water on the table in front of me when I noticed that no one else was drinking. We were treated to a most amazing dance. Have you? How could he spin for 15 minutes in one spot, while holding shields that he manipulated in a variety of positions, then threw away one by one?

After that, he shed the layers of the dress he wore. The dancer spins in a circle mimicking how planets rotate around the sun. About 10 minutes in, the lights on his remaining layers came on, as they do in the video. And that was even more thrilling to watch. Later he was asked how long it took him to learn to do the dance without getting dizzy.

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Soon after the dance ended, the Imam from a nearby mosque issued the call to prayer. The Muslims went outside where cloth had been spread on the ground to pray. I took one of the dates, a common first food after breaking fast, from the small plate on our table. Then I joined other non-Muslims at the buffet. For my first helping I had baba ghanoush, hummus, and pita bread. Then I returned to the other buffet line for lamb and salad. The food was delicious, the dancing fabulous, and the opportunity to share an evening with Muslim neighbors was most welcome.

Adegbeye is a Nigerian writer, speaker, and activist. She speaks about Lagos, but her comments are true of cities around the world and governments around the world. You can watch her talk. She said before her grandfather moved to Lagos after graduating from the University of Ibadan, fisher people had come to take advantage of the creeks and ponds.

In the past few years, these early settlers have been pushed out. Recently the Lagos State Government has been bulldozing settlements to make way for expensive homes with a beach view. People have died and many thousands have been left homeless. She mocks the government which has said Lagos should be the new Dubai. The poor are part of what makes Lagos so vibrant. Without them, there would not be the music and constant activity. The government says Informal settlements are the problem. But the real problem is not seeing poor people as people. Solutions that include the poor are critical.

Our daughter Beth came with her husband and 5-year old son Ikem.

Some of the book is set in Nigeria and depicts with excellent detail the culture, at home, while others transfer this abroad and add a further dimension. Parts of the stories are heart-breaking, others are inspiring and powerful. Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartaches, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect, and inner peace.

Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji were the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly is a kind and good natured woman who allows everyone to take advantage of her—even her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage was a battle from the very beginning. The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire women around the world to never give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everything else.

It is important to give a brief background information on the history of this book. In my culture, it is a great luxury for a woman to be educated. This situation is still prevalent in certain parts of Nigeria, especially in the North, where the people are Muslims. In the South, women education has made a very deep inroad. It was a battle that the women themselves fought and won. Today, in our Universities, the population of the women is more than those of men.