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I salute you, Prof. Wangari Mathai

Prof. Wangari Mathai passed away on the 25th of September, in Kenya, after a prolonged battle with cancer. The first woman in Africa to win a Nobel Prize, Wangari steadfastly and courageously lobbied and advocated for the rights of women, the environment and for justice and democratic leadership.We owe the beautiful Uhuru Park in Nairobi to her courage and resilience against property developers, who had already demarcated part of the park for construction.Wangari mobilised fellow women and went on a hunger strike at the site. When this failed to challenge the then authorities, the women stripped naked! It was the ultimate show that they were determined to stay put until their demands against the grabbing were  addressed.  Born into a humble background, Wangari defied all obstacles and challenges to become the first woman in Eastern Africa to earn a PHD. In all her  achievements, Wangari remained humble and sober. When I made a choice to work hard and get enrolled at Loreto High School, Limuru, it was for two reasons. I was motivated by my own mother and by Prof. Wangari, both of whom had attended the same school, years before. I salute you, Wangari. You lived well. Now rest in peace.

 Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome, Sierra Leone.

 

Prof. Wangari Mathai passed away on the 25th of September, in Kenya, after a prolonged battle with cancer. The first woman in Africa to win a Nobel Prize, Wangari steadfastly and courageously lobbied and advocated for the rights of women, the environment and for justice and democratic leadership.We owe the beautiful Uhuru Park in Nairobi to her courage and resilience against property developers, who had already demarcated part of the park for construction.Wangari mobilised fellow women and went on a hunger strike at the site. When this failed to challenge the then authorities, the women stripped naked! It was the ultimate show that they were determined to stay put until their demands against the grabbing were  addressed.  Born into a humble background, Wangari defied all obstacles and challenges to become the first woman in Eastern Africa to earn a PHD. In all her  achievements, Wangari remained humble and sober. When I made a choice to work hard and get enrolled at Loreto High School, Limuru, it was for two reasons. I was motivated by my own mother and by Prof. Wangari, both of whom had attended the same school, years before. I salute you, Wangari. You lived well. Now rest in peace.

 Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome, Sierra Leone.

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