Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionsu, a British-born Nigerian nurse, health expert and tutor was honoured with the Commander of the Order of British Empire by Queen Elizabeth ii towards her contributions to the united kingdom’s health sector.
Dame Elizabeth, who was born on July 2, 1947 in Birmingham U K to an Irish mother, Mary Furlong and a Nigerian father, Lawrence Odiatu Victor, began her nursing career at a very young age after being inspired by a nun who cared for her eczema in which at age 16, she started working as a school nurse assistant in Wolverhampton.
In her biography, she narrates the kind of childhood she went through and also how her trip to Nigeria influenced her to take up her father’s name.
“Every period relative stability in childhood ended in sudden collapse,” she wrote.
In 1979, she worked with Dr Brozovic to create the first UK sickle cell and Thalassemia counselling centre in Brent.
On pursuing her career, she travelled to the US to study counselling for sickle cell and thalassemia, as such centres and courses were not available in the UK.
She replied in 2007 but still remains active in the nursing community and supervises many projects, including “the development of caring for people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia syndromes: a framework for nursing staff,” and understanding the contribution of sickle cell and thalassemia specialist nurses.”
Elizabeth Anionwu is blessed with one daughter, Azuka Oforka, who is an actress in BBC Tv series casualty.