This event is free of charge. Book Signing
|Date & Time|
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1499 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
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|Ample covered parking behind all 1499 store fronts. Access via Reef Road or Sherman Street. Plus limited parking available on the Post Road|
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Catherine Onyemelukwe revisits her twenty-four years in Nigeria, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962 and returning to the United States in 1986, in her new memoir Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad. Onyemelukwe will be on hand for a book signing at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 255-7756 on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00pm-3:00pm.
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 twenty-one-year-old Catherine Onyemelukwe launched her two-year adventure with the brand-new Peace Corps, she had no idea what the African country had in store.
Catherine’s heartfelt memoir revisits her two years overseas that became twenty-four, during which her experiences brimmed with friendships, students, travels around the country, and love. She recalls how her future Nigerian husband contrived to meet her, their falling for each other, and their controversial wedding that became world news and a spread in Life Magazine.
Nigeria Revisited is also a deep look into the coups and wars that left their family without electricity and running water, as they struggled to keep their children safe and healthy. When it became too much, they fled to the United States, only to be greeted with scorn for their mixed-race children.
Onyemelukwe has taught, lectured and written about her experiences. Visit her blog at www.catherineonyemelukwe.com. During those years in Nigeria she changed from an idealistic though naïve Peace Corps volunteer to an experienced educator, parent and entrepreneur. She uses her adopted extended Nigerian family to explain issues of the developing world, especially Africa. She invites audiences and readers to experience the culture of Nigeria through her descriptions of daily life and unusual situations. Copies of Nigeria Revisited will be available for purchase/signing at the downtown Bookstore event.