I have mentioned before my drive to learn and develop. I was reminded this evening of the importance of learning from my elders and not only from books. Proverbs 18:15 comes to mind.
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” (KJV)
Listening to Prof Elizabeth, a black woman who started her academic journey before I was born, who endured trials and tribulations to succeed in her profession, to be publicly honoured with a CBE and recognised amongst her peers and beyond was extremely humbling.
One of 17 black female professors in England, her bubbly attitude and personal story of being a mixed race child growing up in care was motivational and inspiring. Her book is a must read, entitled Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union.
I would like to share a few words of advice Elizabeth shared with us this evening, in the hope that you will find them encouraging.
1) Find what it is you’re really interested in studying.
2) Research as much as you can about the topic.
3) Be the best you can.
4) Remember why you’re in your profession.
5) And remember the objective of your profession.
6) Don’t allow racism and [sexism] to overwhelm you.
7) Curse inside your mind, but remain professional.
8) Remember your face.
9) Know who you are.
Professor Elizabeth Anionwa’s memoirs Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union can be purchased as a paperback for £14.99 (ISBN: 978-0-9955268-0-8) online from Amazon & Waterstones as well downloaded as an e-book for £6.99 from Amazon Kindle & Kobo.