Patience, discipline, wisdom, determination, not worrying (calmness) and believing in yourself, were personal life lessons shared with the audience of close friends, family and associates present at the Council Chambers of the London Borough of Enfield as second time Mayor Cllr Chief Dr Kate Anolue launched a book detailing her life story.
The book, titled “Kate Anolue: The Autobiography” penned by ghost writer Felicity Okolo, detailed the amiable Mayor’s life history from her days as a young girl, the first and eldest of seven children of a close knit and loving family.
The Mayor popularly and fondly called “Aunty Kate” born in the North of Nigeria to Igbo parents, her mother a royal princess, spoke about her idyllic childhood and her special relationship with her father, her family’s flight to the East of Nigeria from Jos, Northern Nigeria where the family had settled at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1966, and her early Teachers’ Training before moving to the UK following her engagement to her late husband.
Aunty Kate who recently celebrated her 70th birthday at an elaborate society dinner and dance event, also spoke about the pain and hardship of suddenly finding herself a single mother of four young children when her husband tragically died and how she had to rely on her self reliant, resilient spirit to push herself and keep going.
Mayor Kate had retrained and become a qualified nurse and subsequently, a midwife shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom so she juggled her demanding job with single-handedly raising her four children. However, not one to be held down by misfortune and wanting to improve and develop herself, her childhood desire to become a lawyer took hold and she enrolled in University for a full time degree course. This she combined with raising her kids as well as holding down a full time job as a midwife at North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield, a job she held for 40 years. With her Law degree under her belt, she entered into politics, was elected a councillor in the London Borough of Enfield in 2017 and became Mayor for the first time in 2013.
On retirement, from her nursing career she was honoured with a Long Service Award from North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield for her service to pregnant women and their families, as well as a Honorary Freeman of the London Borough of Enfield conferment in recognition of her long valuable service to the Enfield Community and outstanding Contribution to the voluntary sector.
A woman of staunch and strong faith in God, Cllr Kate also wrote about the immense pleasure, self fulfilment and satisfaction she derives from her numerous community and voluntary activities such as working with young people, victims of domestic violence, grass-root politics and mentorship.
The event professionally moderated by world famous Trainer and Speaker, Dr Dayo Olomu, had childhood friends, fellow councillors, past colleagues, community leaders and her family members in attendance.
The book was reviewed by author and journalist Ayo Akinfe, Barrister Jenny Chika Okafor, the President of Nigerian Women In Diaspora Leadership Forum and Dr Dayo Olomu.
Just under £5,000 was raised at the event attended by both past and present CANUK Chairmen, Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan and Dr Boma Douglas with his wife June, Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Iguh, CON, representatives of various Nigerian communities and associations from all over the UK and Europe.
The evening was chaired by Sir Ezinna Longenius Iwu, who with his wife Lady Edith were also chief launchers of the book.
Ever the generous humanitarian and philanthropist, all proceeds from the book launch were donated to the Mayor’s various charities.