Kenyan born Prof. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize, died on Sunday night from cancer. She was 71 years old.
A statement from the Green Belt Movement website:
“It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25 September 2011, at the Nairobi hospital, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer. Her loved ones were with her at the time.”
(Planting a tree in Nairobi 2006 with the visiting Senator for the state of Illinois, current president of the US, Barack Obama)
Maathai has accomplished a lot from an early age. After winning a scholarship to study in the United States, she returned to a newly independent Kenya, and became the first woman in eastern and central Africa to get a PhD. Maathai was also the first female professor at the University of Nairobi, where she taught veterinary medicine.
She has left 3 children, a grand daughter, and an Incredible legacy.
(Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada, Ban ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, and Wangari Maathai.)
My she Rest In Peace.