Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu

Conversation with mixed race nurse, health care activist, published author – Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu.

BLAKPAK SUCCESS SECRETS – Saturday 29 May 2021 19:30 – 21:00 BST

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Some stories are hard to believe. She was troubled by eczema but scrubbed her face and arms over and over with carbolic soap – not because of the disease but because she wanted her skin to be white like the other kids in the children’s home where she spent the first 9 years of her life.

Daughter of an Irish mother, she met her Nigerian father for the first time, aged 24, and that would have a profound impact on her life. She became a nurse and health-care activist, later co-founding the first ever Centre for Sickle Cell Anaemia sufferers in the UK. But she was just getting started. Her skills were tested to the max in setting up the Mary Seacole Centre, to challenge the predominantly white, Eurocentric focus of nursing recruitment, education and research.

She successfully led the campaign to erect a statue of Mary Seacole in London 2016. Published writer, receiver of numerous awards and damehood for services to nursing. Her name is Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu. Register via Eventbrite to BOOK your tickets now for this free event to hear her inspiring story.