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Wangari Maathai

By Tabitha Kanogo

Wangari Muta Maathai is one of Africa’s most celebrated female activists. Originally trained as a scientist abroad, Professor Maathai returned to her home country of Kenya with a renewed political consciousness. There, she began her long career as an activist, campaigning for environmental and social justice while speaking out against government corruption. In 2004, Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership of the Green Belt Movement, a conservation effort that resulted in the restoration of African forests decimated during the colonial era.

In this biography, Tabitha Kanogo follows Wangari Maathai from her modest, small-town Kenyan upbringing to her rise as a national figure campaigning for environmental and ecological conservation, sustainable development, democracy, human rights, gender equality, and the eradication of poverty until her death in 2011.

Tabitha Kanogo is associate professor of history at the University of California Berkeley. She is the author of African Womanhood in Colonial Kenya, 1900–1950 and Squatters and the Roots of Mau Mau both available from Ohio University Press.   More info →

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