Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, who was recently awarded the Pride of Britain award, for her lifetime achievement, is one of the few Nigerians abroad with amazing records.
The professor, born on July 2, 1947, has contributed greatly in the medical record in areas like sickle cell and thalassemia, which has led to the creation of significant organisations.
Here are therefore some interesting facts about the great and much celebrated woman:
1. An all-round accomplished personality
Anionwu is not only an academic, she is also a tutor and a writer. She wrote a widely accepted memoir Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union, a book which already has 5-stars reviews on Amazon.
2. First sickle/thalassaemia specialist in the UK
In 1979, the Irish-born nurse became the first ever sickle/thalassaemia specialist who has also helped to establish the Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Counseling centre.
In 1998, she also founded the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing at the University of West London.
3. She got the Dame title in 1998
The Irish-born Nigerian got the appointment of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is Fellow of the RCN.
4. How she retired
In 2007, the nursing expert retired and published her first ever memoir that got rave reviews.
5. She survived domestic abuse growing up
Being a child of a 20-year-old English married woman, Mary Maureen Furlong, she had to move between institutions and family.
She stayed with her mother for some time until her stepfather started abusing her. She was later taken care of by nuns at the Nazareth House convent in Birmingham. Anionwu was also punished severally for bedwetting.
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6. Her publications
The academic and caregiver has writer many publication, some of which are "Self Help in Sickle Cell Anaemia". World Medicine 12(25): 86-91 in 1977, "Sickle Cell Menace in the Blood". Nursing Mirror; 147(3): 16-19 in 1978, and 1982: "Sickle Cell Disease". Health Visitor; 55: 336-341 in 1982.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Anne-Marie Imafidon, who was born in 1990, passed her A-level in computing at the age of 11 and became the youngest girl to ever achieve that feat.
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