Wolfson student Annoa Abekah-Mensah speaks with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, a nurse, lecturer, professor and author, about her life, as detailed in her new autobiography Dreams from my Mother, discussing her time as a young child in care, her experience in nursing and journey into sickle-cell and thalassemia research, and her work in black activism.
Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu DBE FRCN is a British nurse, health care administrator, lecturer, and Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. In 1979, Anionwu became the United Kingdom's first sickle-cell and thalassemia nurse specialist, helping establish the Brent Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Counselling centre with consultant haematologist Milica Brozovic.
She retired in 2007, and in 2016 she published her memoirs, Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union, which has since been revised and published in September 2021 as Dreams from my Mother.
She holds a PhD, was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
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