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HISTORY: Born on Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria, AnikaAmadi Nuttal was the daughter of a private music teacher and an operating room equipment contractor.  As a young child she traveled on several business trips with her father, and Anika-Amadi saw a lot of what what would happen with a country at war with itself; General Sani Abacha's violent military coup in 1993 and his paid army laid waste to both the land and the people to quell unrest in the surrounding civilian populace. She swore she'd find a way to heal what war and disease have torn apart. Not just in her country; but if she could, throughout the world. Fortunately for her and her family, they had amassed the right contacts and enough funds to emigrate to the United States in 1992, where she grew up in a close-knit household close to the oceans her mother loved so much.

Growing up in Glouchester MA, Anika, her parents and her younger brothers lived on Bass ave, literally minutes from the white sands of Good Harbor Beach.  Her father, who was a Boston native, would take her (and eventually her brother's as well) up to Nashoba Valley Ski Resort in the winter to go skiing, leaving her mother (who didn't care much for New England winters) home.

Together the family attended St Johns Episcopal Church, where her mother played piano and harpsichord.  Anika learned to play piano at her mother's knee, entering the Yamaha Regional contest at age 10 and getting third place for her age group in the Massachusetts State championships. Unlike her mother however, music was not Anika's passion.  Running was.  And swimming.  The mountains, the ocean.  She was active in track and field activities in grade school, added Lacross to her list of loves when she got into eighth grade, and took lifesaving classes at Good Harbor Beach the summer before she went into Highschool.  All though her school years Anika-Amadi would walk out to Salt Island, a small sand/rock island off the coast and then practice swimming the 350 yard distance back once the tide came in.  She also graduated from riding her brother's dirt bikes to riding an old, 3rd-hand Suzuki that she bought, completely against her mother's wishes.  With her father's help she rebuilt it, painted it red, and got her license by the time she graduated high school.  During her junior and senior years, she became a Mountain Search and Rescue volunteer member, as well as a volunteer with the Red Cross. 

She took a year off after high school, first participating with a number of other students from the New England areas in a combined 6-month long group trip to the Congo, paid for by her church .  The group specialized in sending young adults with medical and missionary interests and backgrounds to assist various missionary-sponsored traveling hospitals around the country.  When she returned home Anika took EMT courses, got her NREMT certification and got certified as an EMT Basic in Massachusetts.  The following September, she began taking pre-med courses at Boston UMASS.  Her graduation present helped fund the next bike she bought, once she got to California.  

As an adult Anika-Amadi transferred from Boston UMASS to to take up her studies at the David Geffin School of Medicine in UCLA in addition to working on an EMT crew at the Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon Ca, (Catalina Island) .  A victim of a kidnapping gone awry, Ani was rescued by a group of fera led by Onida Gerard, who eventually became a friend and confidant.  At an out-of-the-way mechanic's shop in the Frisco area, she ended up buying a failed experiment; a suped-up bright red motorcycle, and started learning how to play pool at some of the edge of town pool halls and biker joints.  At one of these bars, she met Mike Smith, an independent biker and all around bad-ass, who harbored deep secrets of his own. 

Anika is a survivor of the 'plague' that ripped through certain isolated communities in California several years back.  In all actuality, it was not a plague, but Reapers; a certain breed of vampire.  The small hospital was overrun with them, and only the intervention of a number of very powerful changing breeds kept Anika, some other staff members, and a few patients from falling victim to the Reaper's hunger.  She began dating Mike after he helped rescue her from the massed attack. They broke up a roughly two years later. 

Once she completed her medical studies, Anika chose instead to remain in California for a while for the experiences it offered. After Med school, she took an internship at the Medical Security Centre for another few years.

From California, she moved to Cohasset MA and began working for the Boston Children's Hospital's Dana Farber Institute, specializing in rare cancers and blood disorders in children; and their treatment through stem cell transplants.  She also works in analyzing the results and assists with certain clinical trials for new treatments. 

 In her spare time she volunteers as a girl-scout troop leader and has gotten involved with one of the New England charity groups, specializing in aiding children who've lost limbs due to illness or injury.  
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