BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 16

15 September 2020

EPISODE 16: DAME ELIZABETH ANIONWU

Nurse, campaigner and co-founder of the first UK Sickle Cell society, in Brent (Harlesden) in 1979, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu's determination and dedication to the Sickle Cell community earned her the Pride Of Britain 2019 Lifetime Achievement award.

"The memories I’ve got of those early days in Brent, in terms of Sickle Cell, were just fantastic memories I have to say. Becoming the first Sickle Cell nurse in Britain based in Brent was so.. it’s one of my best memories."

In this week’s Locked In, Elizabeth speaks to Blueprint Collective member Lauren Adeyemi about earlier career; from attending a Black Panther chapter in New York in 1970 to breaking down the boundaries of the hospital and community.

"One of the introductions was to the Black Panther group in New York. It was one of the last chapters, as they called it. Even though I was shy, I had enough confidence to make my way to Harlem."

Listen to Elizabeth on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs here and purchase her memoirs 'Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union' here.

Watch the full video here.

BRENT LOCKED IN: A NEW VIDEO SERIES EXPLORING HOW BRENT HAS SHAPED ITS ICONS

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

In this new video series, guest hosts from the Blueprint Collective catch up – in a socially distanced way, of course – with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists from across the borough to find out how they’ve been affected and perhaps even inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. Along the way, we dig deeper into our guests’ connections to Brent, discovering what they’ve been reading, watching, hearing and absorbing during this strange and frightening time – and hearing more about how they’re responding.

This forms part of Brent 2020 Unlocked.