Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu
Photographer credit: David Gee

My Memoirs – released 16 September 2021

Dreams From My Mother is an inspiring story about childhood, race, identity, family, friendship, hope and what makes us who we are. Ultimately, it is an incredibly moving story of a mother and a daughter separated by society, but united in the dreams they shared for her future.

It’s 1947 and a sheltered Catholic girl is studying Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the first one in her family to go to university – and then she discovers that she’s pregnant. The father is also a student at Cambridge, studying law. And he is black. Read more.

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu has continued her work throughout her retirement, and helped to bring to the nation’s attention how Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on Black and Asian communities.

She was awarded the Order of Merit in 2022, named a BBC 100 Women of the Year in 2020 and made a Dame in 2017.

Honorary Doctorate Awards have been received from:

  1. University of Greenwich: Honorary Doctor of Science on 23/10/2023
  2. London South Bank University: 23/11/2022 Honorary Doctor of Science
  3. St Andrews University: 26/6/2019 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science
  4. Brunel University: 9/7/2019 Doctor of Science honoris causa
  5. Birmingham City University: 24/7/2019 The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University
  6. University of Manchester: 9/10/2019 Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
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