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Dr Afiniki Akanet

Seminar Synopsis

In this seminar we'll be joined by Warwick alumna Dr Afiniki Akanet, who is also a local Coventry GP. Dr Akanet will be sharing from her experiences as a Christian General Practitioner in the Covid-19 pandemic, and helping us to refocus after all we have been through. She will also be talking about her experiences as an international student many years ago and how she maintains resilience, empathy and happiness through the challenges.

Afiniki came to the UK from Nigeria on her own at the age of 16 and has written about some of her experiences in her books. She founded Forte Charity For Inspiration during her year out of medical school, because of her passion for helping others even outside of her medical practice.

GPs have seen a significant rise in mental health consultations during the pandemic, with social restrictions that have impacted everyone. We have all had to change and cancel plans in the past year, but some of us are still struggling to find the motivation to move forward and work differently after all that has happened. Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel with our successful Covid-19 vaccination programme. Afiniki’s talk aims to inspire listeners to refocus and make the most of the opportunities that come their way in the days ahead.


Dr Afiniki Akanet is the author of the inspirational books Fortitude, Felicity, Life Without Coffee (Choosing Happiness Over Stress) and 2020 Year of Plenty. She is a General Practitioner (MRCGP) and charity trustee. She studied medicine at WMS after her first degree from Liverpool. Her medical special interests are minor surgery and mental health. She is a Christian and loves encouraging people to be the best they can be. Afiniki is happily married with two children.