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Queen Elizabeth II honours Nigerian nurse
Queen Elizabeth II has honoured a Nigerian nurse for her contributions to the United Kingdom's health sector.
Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, a British-born nurse, health expert, tutor, lecturer and medical professor, was honoured with the Commander of Order of British Empire.
She is of Irish and Nigerian descents.
Her citation states that Anionwu contributed to the opening of the first sickle cell and thalassemia counselling centre in the UK.
She also helped to create the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at the University of West London.
She retired from her careers in 2007.
She was born on July 2, 1947 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, to a 20-year-old Irish mother, Mary Furlong; and a Nigerian father of Igbo descent who was a law student, Lawrence Odiatu Victor Anionwu.
Her mother was in the second year as a student of Classics in Cambridge University when she became pregnant.
As a single mother with no support from the father of her baby, Furlong decided to leave Cambridge and took up a job in order to provide for her daughter Elizabeth and herself.
Her biography reveals that the young Elizabeth's upbringing was heavily affected by moving between institutions and family.
She reportedly spent just over two years living with her mother, as she was given up to be cared for by non-relations when her stepfather refused to accept her.
For much of her childhood, Elizabeth was cared for by nuns, while she also spent several years in the Nazareth House Convent in Birmingham.
In her biography, she recalls sobbing her heart out on the bus when she had to leave the convent to go and live with her mother again.
"Every period of relative stability in childhood ended in sudden collapse," she wrote.
Much later in life, she visited Nigeria, and her trip influenced her to take up her father's name. Anionwu has credited her father, a barrister and diplomat, as her career inspiration.
Elizabeth Anionwu has one daughter, Azuka Oforka, who is an actress in the BBC TV series Casualty.
Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu has a PhD, a DBE, and an FRCN.
She began her nursing career at a very young age after being inspired by a nun who cared for her eczema. At the age of 16, she started to work as a school nurse assistant in Wolverhampton.
Later on, she continued with her education to become a nurse, health visitor, and tutor. She is ultimately thankful that her father pushed her to pursue her career.
She also travelled to the US to study counselling for sickle cell and thalassemia, as such centres and courses were not available in the UK.
In 1979, she worked with Dr. Brozovic to create the first UK Sickle Cell and Thalassemia counselling centre in Brent.
The opening of this counselling centre pioneered the opening of over 30 centres in the UK, using the Brent location as a basis.
And even though she had retired in 2007, Anionwu 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."
THE IGBO RANT
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.
THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION
The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities
Written by Emeka Maduewesi
~on fb. 28th September, 2016.
The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.
The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.
In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.
Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.
In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.
The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.
Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.
The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.
The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.
The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.
This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.
RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)
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