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Born in shame but became a Dame!

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DR. William Barry Theatre

University of West London

St Mary's Road

Ealing

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Join us at the University of West London for an engaging lecture, delivered by Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu’s arrival in the world as a mixed-race baby was to create shock and stigma. She was the outcome of an affair that her single white, Catholic mother had with a Nigerian law student whilst both were at Cambridge University.

She spent her first 9 years in a Children’s Home followed by several years of physical abuse at the hands of her stepfather. Fortunately she was to be rescued by her maternal grandparents. In her mid-twenties she suddenly found her father and travelled to Nigeria to meet the other side of her family. Working as a nurse, health visitor and then as the first UK sickle cell nurse specialist, Dame Elizabeth ultimately became a Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. She was honoured with a Damehood in 2017.

Her lecture will explore the factors that led her to become a nursing scholar and activist, campaigning for improved sickle cell services and the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue.

Now an Emeritus Professor of Nursing, Dame Elizabeth’s talk will draw from her well-received memoirs ‘Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union’ that were published at the end of 2016. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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