Wangari Maathai Biography





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Wangari Maathai
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April 1, 1940 • Nyeri, Kenya

Human rights activist, environmentalist

In 2004 Wangari Maathai became an internationally recognized figure by becoming the first black woman and the first environ-mentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her honor, however, did not come without controversy. Maathai was best known as the founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM), an initiative to plant trees in forested areas of Kenya that were being stripped for commercial expansion. Critics wondered whether a "tree planter" was truly a peace activist. For Maathai there was an important link between the environment and peace. Most of the people involved with GBM are rural African women who, over the years, have planted nearly thirty million trees. As a result they have reaped the rewards of food, fuel, shelter, and employment. More importantly, they have achieved control over their own lives. In an interview with the Progressive Maathai commented on her Nobel win: "I wasn't working on the issue of peace specifically. I was contributing toward peace, and that is what the committee recognized: that, indeed, we need to step back and look at a more expanded concept of peace and security."


Respect for the soil

Wangari Muta Maathai was born on April 1, 1940, in Nyeri, Kenya. The Republic of Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa and is divided into seven provinces; Nyeri is the capital of the Central province. Like many Kenyans Maathai came from a farming family, and as she remarked to Judith Stone of O Magazine, her parents taught her to "respect the soil and its bounty." "I grew up close to my mother," Maathai further explained to Stone, "in the field, where I could observe nature."

Maathai's home life was very much like other Kenyans in other ways as well. Her father was considered the head of the house; her mother had very little power and performed traditional "women's tasks" such as fetching water and gathering firewood. In particular, education for women and girls was not valued, or even encouraged. But Maathai was extremely bright, and her older brother persuaded their parents to send her to school when she was seven years old. She did so well in her studies that in 1960 Maathai earned a scholarship to attend college in the United States.

Maathai attended Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College) in Atchison, Kansas, where she was

"We need to rethink our concept of peace and security. We need to look at the way we manage and share our resources. Only then do we have hope."

known to her classmates as Mary Jo. After earning a bachelor's degree in biology in 1964 she went on to receive a master's degree in biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) in 1965. In many interviews Maathai claimed that her years in the United States had a profound effect on her, especially since she was exposed to the many demonstrations against the Vietnam War (1954–75; a controversial war in which the United States aided South Vietnam in its fight against a takeover by Communist North Vietnam). Watching Americans express themselves made Maathai realize that people had a right to speak out for what they believed in.

Although she enjoyed her experiences in the United States, Maathai decided to return to Kenya, where, in 1971 she completed her doctoral studies in veterinary anatomy at the University of Nairobi. She was the first woman in East or Central Africa to earn a Ph.D. Maathai then joined the faculty of the university as a professor of veterinary anatomy, becoming the first woman to hold a professorship at the school. During the early 1970s the fledgling instructor married and had three children. Her husband, Mwangi Maathai, was a politician who divorced his wife in the mid-1980s, claiming that she was too educated and too difficult to control.


A simple plan for a complex problem

While still a professor Maathai became involved in politics herself when she joined the National Council of Women of Kenya, an organization devoted to bettering the status of African women. While speaking to people living in rural areas, she discovered that the government had induced farmers to switch from growing crops for themselves to producing cash crops, such as coffee and tea, for exporting. As a result, large expanses of forested land had been cleared to make room for more commercial farm production. Such change had a damaging effect on rural family life, especially for women. They could no longer grow food for their children because nutrients in the soil were depleted; they had no access to firewood, which was their main source of energy; livestock suffered because there was no vegetation to graze on; and streams were drying up or were polluted by soil runoff, resulting in a lack of drinking water.

Considering how enormous the issues were, Maathai felt that an immediate and straightforward plan was needed. She came up with a simple solution: plant trees. As Maathai explained to Michelle Martin of Catholic New World, "It occurred to me that some of the problems women talked about were connected to the land. If you plant trees you give them firewood. If you plant trees you give them food." On Earth Day in 1977 Maathai put her plan into action by planting seven trees to honor Kenyan women environmental leaders. (Earth Day is an annual day set aside to honor and celebrate the environment.) Later that year, with backing from the National Council of Women, the budding environmentalist quit teaching and formed the Green Belt Movement. The group started small, with only a handful of villagers gathering seeds and planting them.

At first, government officials laughed at the program, claiming that only professional foresters knew how to plant trees. But eventually the first small groups of villagers trained other groups and over the next thirty years, more than thirty million trees were planted. Six thousand tree nurseries were created and operated by women, and jobs were provided for more than one hundred thousand people. Most importantly, an enormous power shift occurred as women began to take control of their futures. As authors Anne and Frances Lapp explained in Mother Earth News, "Women discovered they were not powerless in the face of oppressive husbands and village chiefs."

Although planting trees was the most visible Green Belt campaign, it was not its only focus. With support from the National Council of Women, Maathai created programs aimed at educating Kenyan women in areas such as family planning, nutrition, and leadership development. The movement also created a food-security campaign to reintroduce crops originally grown in the region and to reestablish kitchen gardens for individual family use.


Powerful political force

As the Green Belt Movement expanded, Maathai found herself increasingly at odds with the Kenyan government. She explained to Amitabh Pal of the Progressive, "I started seeing the linkages between the problems that we were dealing with and the root causes.... I knew that a major culprit of environmental destruction was the government." Maathai became an outspoken advocate for environmental policy reform; she also held seminars to educate citizens that they must hold government officials accountable for managing natural resources. One of the first public confrontations came in 1989 when Maathai openly protested the building of a $200 million, sixty-story skyscraper in Nairobi's Uhuru Park that was slated to be used for government offices. Maathai's campaign was so successful that the building was never constructed.

Green Belt Movement: Women for Change

Since the 2002 elections, the political climate in Kenya took a turn for the better, with government leaders listening more intently to issues affecting women, and in turn allowing women to have more participation in policy decisions. Given this new climate, the Green Belt Movement established a program in 2003 called Women for Change (WFC). Sponsored in part by Comic Relief United Kingdom (a group that provides funding for nonprofit organizations through comedy concerts), the goal of the program is to give women, especially young girls, a new sense of empowerment through education.

In 2003 the president of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki (1931–), declared an official "War on HIV/AIDS" and, in response, WFC instituted training sessions on sexual and reproductive health to teach young women how to protect themselves from becoming infected with the HIV virus and how to avoid early pregnancy. Other WFC initiatives include providing scholarships and tuition assistance to young girls who excel academically, and training women to gain income-generating skills, such as bee keeping.

Now that women are making inroads on the political front in Kenya, WFC hopes to tackle some long-ingrained cultural problems. One way to do that is through the creation of a center for abused women and children. In Kenya women have historically been treated as property by their husbands, and no laws existed to protect women who were mistreated by their spouses. The purpose of the center is to offer safety and shelter to women and children. More importantly it will be an education center for both men and women to break the cycle of abuse.

Maathai soon began speaking out against the general corruption that ran wild throughout the administration of then-president Daniel arap Moi (1924–). Moi took office in 1978 and since then had ruled with a strong arm, imprisoning and sometimes torturing anyone suspected of opposing his authority. In 1991 Maathai formalized her political activism by cofounding the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy. As she explained to Michelle Martin, "I started out planting trees and found myself in the forefront of fighting for the restoration of democracy in my country." As a result Maathai became a particular target of Moi's terrorist tactics. For example, in 1992, while participating in a hunger strike with mothers who were protesting the imprisonment of their sons—men who were pro-democracy activists—Maathai was brutally beaten by police.

Throughout the 1990s Maathai was arrested, imprisoned, and intimidated time and again for speaking out against the Moi administration. She remained undaunted, however, and even made several attempts to run for public office. In 1992 Maathai was approached to run for the presidency, but declined. In 1997 she agreed to run both for the presidency under the Liberal Party of Kenya (LPK) and for a seat in the National Assembly. The National Assembly is the ruling body in Kenya (similar to the U. S. Congress) and consists of 210 members who are elected to five-year terms. Prior to the election the LPK withdrew their support of Maathai because of political differences—the party felt she would focus solely on environmental issues. Maathai also lost her bid for a seat in the National Assembly, coming in third.

Because of constitutional restrictions, Moi was now allowed run for another presidential term in the December 2002 elections. Therefore, in the first free and democratic elections held in nearly twenty-five years, Kenyan citizens voted in a new administration, with Mwai Kibaki (1931–) serving as president. During the same elections Maathai won a seat in the National Assembly, taking 98 percent of the vote. According to Mother Earth News, "Women danced in the streets of Nairobi for joy." Just a few weeks after Kibaki took over the presidency, he appointed Maathai Deputy Minister of the Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife.

In 2004 Wangari Maathai was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for her lifelong dedication to environmental and human rights. AP/Wide World Photos.
In 2004 Wangari Maathai was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for her lifelong dedication to environmental and human rights.
AP/Wide World Photos.

Proponent of peace

Since taking office, Maathai has worked to enact laws to protect not only the environment but also women's rights and human rights. In 2005 she was integral in helping to shape Kenya's new Bill of Rights; she also represented Kenya at the 2005 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, an international body of representatives convened to promote the rights of women worldwide. In addition, Maathai continued in her role as an internationally recognized environmentalist. By late 2005, through the Pan-African Green Belt Network, over fifteen African countries had become involved with the Green Belt Movement. The movement also spread beyond the African borders to the United States, where representatives work through the Friends of the Greenbelt Movement North America. In 2005 a primary goal of Maathai was to extend the resources of the Green Belt Movement to help other areas of the world, such as the Republic of Haiti, which has also been ravaged by deforestation.

For her lifelong dedication to environmental and human rights Maathai has received numerous awards, including the Goldman Environmental Prize, the Right Livelihood Award, and the United Nation's Africa Prize for Leadership. In 2004 Maathai was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, named after Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833–1896). The award is given annually by the Nobel Committee to individuals or organizations that work to promote peace, resolve conflict, or uphold human rights.

Traditionally, however, past Nobel winners tended to be people who worked for peace during times of war. When Maathai was chosen as the recipient she became the very first environmentalist to be recognized, and many wondered whether a "tree planter" deserved such an honor. Authors Anne and Frances Moore posed the question in Mother Earth News :"Why honor environmental activism in an era when war, terrorism and nuclear proliferation are even more urgent problems?" Nobel Committee chair Ole Danbolt Mjos offered a response via a quote in the Progressive :"This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has evidently broadened its definition of peace still further. Environmental protection has become yet another path to peace."

In her acceptance speech, which was quoted in the Progressive, Maathai also acknowledged being the first black woman to be honored with the Nobel: "As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world." She went on to add, "I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope it will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership." Following her win Maathai traveled around the world speaking to groups who were charmed by her dazzling smile and classy-but-friendly attitude. According to Judith Stone of O Magazine she is a "notoriously terrific hugger." And during Stone's interview with the famous environmentalist, she got a glimpse into Maathai's dedicated personality. "People often ask me what drives me," Maathai revealed. "Perhaps the more difficult question would be: What would it take to stop me?"


For More Information

Books

Maathai, Wangari. The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. New York: Lantern Books, 2003.


Periodicals

Lappe, Anna Moore, and Frances Moore Lappe. "The Genius of Wangari Maathai." Mother Earth News (April–May 2005): pp. 20–22.

Robinson, Simon. "Wangari Maathai: Why Green Matters." Time (April 18, 2005): p. 98.

"Wangari Maathai: First Black Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize." Ebony (March 2005): p. 22–24.


Web Sites

Friends of the Green Belt Movement North America. http://www.gbmna.org/ (accessed on August 23, 2005).

The Greenbelt Movement. www.greenbeltmovement.org (accessed on August 23, 2005).

Martin, Michelle. "Kenyan Nobel Winner Finds Lessons in Creation." Catholic New World (July 17, 2005). http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnw/issue/3_071705.html (accessed on August 23, 2005).

Pal, Amitabh. "Interview with Wangari Maathai." The Progressive (May 1, 2005). http://www.gbmna.org/a.php?id=109 (accessed on August 23, 2005).

Stone, Judith. "Force of Nature." O Magazine (May 12, 2005). http://www.gbmna.org/a.php?id=114 (accessed on August 23, 2005).



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Apr 12, 2011 @ 8:08 am
Wangari is a kenyan philosopher who is being learnt in secondary schools.
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Jun 13, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
i'm doing a powerpoint presentation on wangari and i have already fallen in love with her.. she is a woman of great traits and who fights for what she believes.. she's also firm.. i take geography and ever since i've researched on her i'm having thoughts on myself becoming an environmental activist.. she has inspired me to care for the environment for it is important in our daily lives.. they provide us with our most essential needs..
Wangari Muta Maathai is my hero and inspiration :)
Grace
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Wangari Muta Mathaai has been my heroine since childhood. My late dad used to tell me to work hard in school and be like her. Very sad she had to die.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 3:03 am
Wangari Passed on 25th Sept, 2011 @ Nairobi Hospital.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 3:03 am
Am very proud to have known her and thou died her works lives on and the many lives she touched she is truly a hero and thou gone in our hearts and environment she lives on.rest in eternal peace
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 4:04 am
WANGARI YOU ARE A HERO AND WILL FOREVER REMAIN A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN IN KENYA. R.I.P
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 4:04 am
A big loss to kenya and in particular the environment.Death is so unfair that it takes the only good people in this world.RIP Wangari
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 5:05 am
You are a Hero, the loss will be felt by many generations to come in esp. in Africa. I pray that your work and any plans you had will be fulfilled. R.I.P Wangari
Pamela Philipose
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:06 am
The small seed Wangari sowed went on to become a great tree of life. She will continue inspire the world long after she left it.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:06 am
your work will always remain so fresh in our lives.RIP Wangari
pat
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:06 am
I CELEBRATE U HEROIN AND I WILL ALWAYS TELL MY 9MOMNTHS NOW DOTA ABOUT U.REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MUM,U TRULLY INFLUENCED AFRICAN WOMEN TO GO FOR THE BEST
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:07 am
very sad. kenyan has lost a wonderful hero. our country has been left with a big gap and we wonder who will ever fill it. rest in peace our Hero.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:07 am
Wangari, you were a great inspiration and role model to all of us especially from the Loreto Community. May the Almighty God rest your soul in Eternal Peace. R.I.P
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:07 am
laureate Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangare Maathai we regret ua loss but RIP MUM. May God Bless n strengthen ua family members
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:08 am
We will dearly miss you en may your soul rest in peace!!!
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:08 am
Its been a shock to me. she has been a strong strong woman suffering for kenyans rights especially the environment. May the good God Rest her soul in Eternal peace.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:08 am
RIP our dear Mum Wangari. Thank you for standing with rare courage against all odds to fulfil your dreams of protecting our environment and fighting for human rights. You are my inspiration, a true hero and a role model whom the whole world will miss. You will forever reman in our hearts. May the Lord rest your soul in eternal peace. We love you Wangari.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:09 am
WHAT A BLOW TO ENVIRONMENT! WHO WILL SAVE OUR FORESTS NOW VERY VERY SAD DAY FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS. REST IN PEACE MOTHER ENVIRONMENT.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:09 am
wangari was a best role model to me so i hav learned to conserve environment especially the water source. Rest in peace
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:11 am
Wangari was a woman of intergraty, she was very humble to all Kenyan expecially to the young people.She have made our country very proud coz of the nobel peace price and known for the climate changes through preseving our enviroment.rest in peace.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:11 am
What acruel death is this to our morther,who will be feeding us enviromentary? Mum lie in peace but it pains.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Among the women of the tribes A Queen: professor Wangari Maathai, our greatest favorite daughter of Kenya ...A strong woman of higher admiration.
"Kenya lost our greatest hero – it's as simple as that.".
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
you are my mentor rest in peace. you were a great Woman one who will never to be forgotten.will always in the minds of all women in Kenya. sleep Wangari sleep. Sleep to rest.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Mother nature,we will dearly miss you for your great deeds.I still cant believe you're gone.Rip mum!
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
Professor Wangai we will real miss you but it is all good we have remained with your good principles on environment.Thanks for what you invested in our country on matters concerning our environment.Rest in peace the HERO of the HEROES in the today's world.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
mum you have taught us alot.kenyan let us plant tree to make wangari dreams last forever. lm very sorry to what happened to you and mama koigi wamwere n other kenya women at freedom corner.to me u are a true mama africa. rest in peace mum
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
We loved you proffesor but God loved you most. How I wished you cd
be always there especially this time of Mau forest saga may Good Lord rest your soul in eternal peace.
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Professor Wangari, your death is a great loss for Africans'. Your great contribution makes you to be remembered by all Africans for ever.I extended my sympathies to all your families and prey to put you soul in peace in the heaven.

Shimelis Kebde
From Ethiopia
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
MAMA AFRICA YOUR DEATH IS A BIG BLOW TO AFRICA IN PARTICULAR AND THE WORLD AS A WHOLE. WE THE WOMEN LEFT BEHIND WILL SURELY CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORK TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT,ESPECIALLY IN AFRICA WHERE DEFORESTATION HAS TRANSFORMED THE FERTILE LANDS OF AFRICA TO DESERT AND DESTROYED OUR NATURAL HABITATS.YOU REPRESENTED THE FEMININITY OF AN AFRICAN WOMAN AND MAKE US FEEL PROUD.MAY GOD GRANT YOU A PEACEFUL JOURNEY TO HEAVEN, NO DOUBT THE GATES OF HEAVEN ARE WIDELY OPEN FOR YOUR ARRIVAL.REST IN PERFECT PEACE
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
we've lost the gr8 icon n a hero. RIP Wangari, u r a true regend
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
mama africa REST IN PEACE.your work will still continue.people from tetu,please dont let her down
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 1:01 am
It is really a sad affair to lose mother nature, you will forever be remembered in put hearts and through our sorroundings
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Let us learn from mama Africa and take care of the enviroment. Truly she did it for Kenya and the whole world.
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Every flower will hold u`r memory,for u have taught us to appreciate nature n we know that u`ll b watching down on us,Ur legacy for ever stays till we met again heroine have a wonderful time up there.
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 2:02 am
we all mourn the death of the heroine prof. Wangari muta maathai. her life has inspired many including me.may her soul in peace.
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Kenya has lost sa true hero, an icon of peace and a great fighter. I pray that your legacy lives on.I call upon like minded kenyans to continue fighting aand protecting our enviroment. Wangari did her part, its upon us to fight on for the future generation.R.I.P WANGARI
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Wangari you were a role model to many. The only words are: REST IN PEACE till we meet some day.
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 3:03 am
we will surely miss you.you were mother of nature in deed.RIP
Kate
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Wangari Maathai may your soul rest in internally peace.your fought the battle and you won, we shall continue from where you have left.You were my mentor and indeed I shall miss your great inspirations. Africa has lost a real African Mum.I Love you my mum
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Wangari ! in fact i feel so touched about the news of your passing over into eternity.I feel very sad because i had prepared a lesson about you to teach my students on Saturday.I think your legacies will live forever in the hearts and minds of Africans
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Sep 27, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Kenya has truely lost a heroin.we will miss u big.I really felt sad but you fought the battle and won .RIP
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Sep 28, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Mum Wangari RIP ua legacy fo conservation of the enviroment shall remain forever, without ua effort uhuru park would here today we kenyans we salute u for leading by example,u were a role model to our young gals,4reva u will remain in our hearts ua fight was real en u won all battles.RESPECT HON MUM WANGARI RIP.
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Sep 28, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Wangari was indeed a virtuoso woman.
Farewell our beloved.
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Sep 28, 2011 @ 6:06 am
RIP Mama Mazingira. Will Alwayz treasure your energetic carisma and foresight to restore our forests.
kungu george
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Sep 28, 2011 @ 6:06 am
Mama universe, your memories will forever be cherished in our hearts n even to the hearts of generations to come REST IN PERFECT PEACE OUR HERO MUM.
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 5:05 am
A real role model. I admired her since i was young...her natural beauty. Rest in Peace beautiful!
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 5:05 am
You were great, God knew your purpose while bringing you on earth; you inspired many lives, and proved to us that sky is the limit when God is on your side.R.I.P
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 6:06 am
GREAT MOM,A HERO & MY ROLE MODEL ,I ADMIRED HER:MAY SHE SLEEP WHERE IT RAINS & BE SURROUNDED BY THICK GREEN FOREST $ STREAMS OF FRESH WATER .HER SPIRIT LIVE ON .PLANT A TREE 2DAY IN HER HONOUR
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 6:06 am
We have really missed a very important Heroine. But U have done your part in this world,shown good example to Kenyan women.Our dearly Mum , may U RIP though we shall miss big.Bye till we meet again.
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 7:07 am
YOU DID IT MUM AND YOUR TIME TO GO CAME THE QUESTION THAT WE NEED TO OURSELVES IS THIS, WHEN OUR TIME TO GO COMES, WILL WE HAVE DONE WHAT GOD INTEDED OF US?
R.I.P WANGARI
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Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:10 am
Wangari, you did a lot of good world wide.Your name was sweet music to the ears of your own homeland people and beyond. But it so sudden that death had to grab you this soon when we wanted you most. When it comes to death,we are helpless and defenseless over it. We just watch it helplessly as it takes our loved ones and like rays of light,disappears to unknown destiny!We honor your unforgettable achievements. R.I.P
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Oct 3, 2011 @ 2:02 am
wangari maathai has been a role model for all women in kenya.she is gone forever RIP MAMA.PAULINE VUGUTSA
Esther Rimberia
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Oct 3, 2011 @ 3:03 am
A true hero you are to women. A champion of environmental conservation & peace. You have shown the world that with courage and determination women can make a positive impact in the society. I am one of the many women that you have inspired. Because of you, I have been encouraged to work through community groups to raise seedlings and plant trees as an environmental conservation effort and source of livelihood. Mama Mazingira RIP
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Oct 3, 2011 @ 7:07 am
You heard the calling, answered it and you surely lived your God given purpose here on earth. You stood for what you believed in, You remained Unbowed to the end. You may not be with us anymore but your works and values will remain with us. Thank you for being such an inspiration to the African girl child. Rest in Peace Mama.
Agnes
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Oct 3, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
Rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon you. Your legacy lives on "evergreen" like the trees you so loved. As a fellow Loreto Alumni we salute you for propelling our school to great heights. Agnes
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Oct 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
RIP Wangari Mathaai. Though physically gone, you will forever be remembered. You lived a selfless life fighting for the good of a common man and the fruits you effortlessly laboured will forever be enjoyed by several generations. The truth is, you are physically gone but we will forever be with you in this life.You are such an inspiration.
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Oct 5, 2011 @ 6:06 am
You lived your life to the fullest, you fulfilled the work God assigned you to do. You never compromised, never involved in any corruption or corrupt deals regardless being in position of high and mighty where you could have amassed wealth for yourself and your children. you've taught us principles you can be a politician, hold high office and still be clean, honest, humble and above all HUMAN HEART.
charles kipkoech
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Oct 7, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Mother nature,
You will remain a role model to many. You may be gone but your deeds shall always remain with us.
You were an eye to the women and a voice to the voiceless men and women.
We may have failed to honour you while you were with us but we promise to carry on with what you started.
Prof. may God rest your soul in eternal peace.
KENNEDY KIBUCHI
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Oct 9, 2011 @ 7:07 am
Your sudden demise has demoralized most of us but we shall struggle till we make ur plans come true.R.I.P. Prof.Wangari, you were more than a role model and a mam to me.Kenyans we have lost a professor and a heroin.
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Oct 10, 2011 @ 7:07 am
RIP OUR DEAREST MUM. we will miss u. we pray God that he may console us and give us to follow your steps for the betterment of our country.
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Oct 11, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
I am stunned that in the awarding of the recent Nobel Peace Prizes to two African women, that not once have I seen Dr. Maathal mentioned. The major media seem oblivious to both her contributions and, more shockingly, the fact that she preceded them as an African woman so honored.
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Oct 27, 2014 @ 9:09 am
hey. good thoughts. wangari maathai is a very insteresting person

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