Wangari Maathai dies at 71

The very sad news of the death of that truly inspiring African woman came today. She was one of those strong and courageous woman who dedicated her live not only to Kenyan women and East African environment, but to Africa as a whole.

Her academical work was precursor in environmental consciousness in Africa, and she achieved significant results through thick and thin. Her organization, the Green Belt Movement, planted over 45 million trees around Kenya. She understood the importance of education and sustainable development for African future generations, and significantly empowered numbers of Kenyans to fight poverty.

Prof Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine, has died in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer. She was 71.

Prof Maathai will be remembered for her courage and tenacity in seeking social justice, conservation, democracy and corruption.

Known for her love for trees, Prof Maathai was in 2004 awarded the Nobel peace prize for her conservation efforts.

South African Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu hailed the legacy of Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, calling her a “true African heroine”.

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