By Njoki Wamai
September 25, 2015
Republished from ThisisAfrica
In admiration and loving memory of the first African woman Nobel Laureate, who passed away on September 25, 2011.
Wangari Maathai was always there with us in our house in Kenya when I was growing up. She was there on our television screens; she was in the morning news on the radio before we went to school; and she was there in our living room as my parents’ and their visitors talked about her courage in animated yet hushed conversations.
Wangari Maathai, the strong, dark woman clad in African prints and braided hair speaking truth to power when no one dared question former Kenyan dictator Daniel Arap Moi.