Late on Sunday night, #Wangari Maathai – the fearless campaigner, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the politician, the Tree Lady, and the first ever female PhD holder from East and Central Africa – died in a Nairobi hospital bed after a long fight with cancer. She was 71, and one of the most remarkable women of her generation. Despite a lifetime of activism and achievement, it was only in 2004 that the world was introduced to Wangari Maathai. It was then the Kenyan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace; an award that was all about Maathai’s simple and far-sighted solution to deforestation and desertification in her country.
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