Her name is Wangari Mathai, she won the Noble Peace Prize in 2004 and became the first woman to have ever clinched it in Africa.
Wangari did not just break record with her Noble Peace Prize, she was also the first woman in East and Central Africa to have earned a Doctorate Degree.
Wangari Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman in 1981-87. It was while she served in the National Council of Women that she introduced the idea of planting trees with the people in 1976. This organization spread like wildfire and became a global phenomenon.
Wangari was also a women right activist. During her TEDx Talk, renowned Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quoted Wangari to have said, ‘…the higher you go, the fewer the women’.
Wangari Mathai died on 25 September, 2011 at The Nairobi Hospital’s Doctors’ Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya.
Today, I’m celebrating Wangari Mathai and other phenomenonal women out there achieving greater things for the betterment of Africa and the World.