RIP Wangari Maathai, Africa’s First Female Nobel Peace Prize Winner Passes On

Environmentalist and women’s rights advocate, Wangari Maathai died last night in Kenya. The 71 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner passed on after a protracted battle with cancer.

Her organization, the Green Belt Movement worked to educate people on the dangers of deforestation. In her later years, the organization expanded its focus to include peace, democracy, civil and women’s rights.

Wangari Maathai was a true trailblazer – she was the first woman in East Africa to complete a doctorate and was also the deputy minister for environment and natural resources in Kenya.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Photo Credit: Reuters
Info Source: Uk Daily Mail

31 Comments on RIP Wangari Maathai, Africa’s First Female Nobel Peace Prize Winner Passes On
  • Mary September 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    O my gosh! Thats rili sad. Africa’s lost a great achiever. Her book ‘Unbowed’ (an autobiography) was so inspiring, i hoped i’d meet her someday…

  • amber rose September 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    rest in peace, Icon

  • Uhuh September 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm


  • Nneka September 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    A woman after my heart! I was extremely saddened when I heard this news early this morning. RIP Mama Africa. Your works live on.

  • zahra September 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    RIP! She was a wonderful woman

  • Waruguru September 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Her resilience and love for the environment was so admirable.Kenya and the world has lost a great woman.She will be greatly missed.

  • bitrix September 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

    awwwww……………………..RIP one of africas best

  • iTawa September 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

    OMG! are u serious???? wow! May her soul rest in peace…She’s totally inspiring!

  • africhika September 27, 2011 at 3:00 am

    She was and is still one of my personal heroes. I was so sad when I heard the news, but I get it now…God wants her close by…. in heaven. RIP, she-roe.

  • Ify September 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

    RIP! You shall not be forgotten.

  • adeolu September 27, 2011 at 6:00 am

    May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. And a Big Thank You for your contribution.

  • JSexxie September 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    RIP Great woman! God bless her sweet soul. She inspired African women.

  • Osinulu Ayodeji September 27, 2011 at 8:54 am


  • Enwongo cleopas September 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    SHE WAS ONE OF MY ROLE MODELS. I admire the strength in her. Though dead, her works are still alive…we’ll miss you.

  • Enwongo cleopas September 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

    SHE WAS ONE OF MY ROLE MODELS. I admire the strength in her. Though dead, her works are still alive.. I’ll miss you.

  • Uchechi September 27, 2011 at 9:51 am


  • Naya September 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Rest in peace Wangari, she was and is an inspiration to us all.

  • Ms. Fabulous September 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

    A woman of substance has passed on….Rest in peace.

  • cathy September 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Rest in peace

  • nwando September 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Rest in peace. Her passing is definitely a loss to Africa as a whole. she lives on in her works.

  • pendo September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Rest in peace you were truly an inspiration

  • Lola September 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I watched a documentary about her recently from the CNN’s archives. I can say she achieved her purpose in life. I pray for peace for her family at this time.

  • Peace September 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    RIP. I have a children’s book about her for my children.

  • Ndidi September 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    She was, is and will ever be an inspiration! Rest in peace Beautiful Soul. The good works that you started, will continue forever.

  • Onyx September 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    As someone posted already, she really fulfiled her purpose.

    One of the bright lights of Africa has gone out, may she rest in peace. Oh that God would raise more like her in our generation.

  • gunsandbutts September 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    cant put in writing how sad i am. R.I.P.

  • jc September 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

    She looked so beautiful, Smooth firm skin, and the best smile in the world!I never knew she was that old. RIP Maathai. You’ve left your footprints in the sand of time.

  • faith September 28, 2011 at 9:15 am


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  • Halima October 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    A great woman indeed, May she rest in perfect peace!!! Made me proud to be a An African, A kenya and a woman.

  • kunle October 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm


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