by Rachel Ogbu
Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu has been awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The highly esteemed nurse and advocate for sickle cell disorder who is a founding member of the sickle cell society has been instrumental in improving services.
Anionwu was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for her services to nursing. In 2004 she was awarded the Fellowship Of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN) for developing the sickle cell and thalassemia counselling centre. In 2007, following her retirement, she was appointed Emeritus Professor for Nursing at the University of West London. In 2010 she was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame for the dedication to the Development of Nurse-led Services. She also received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on Divas of Colour.
Her most famous work is A Short History of Mary Seacole: A Resource for Nurses and Students, which was published in 2005, but she has also co-authored books on sickle cell and thalassaemia.