Kenya's Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to Be Cremated

Wangari Maathai will be cremated and her remains interred as per her last wishes, her family and Government announced.

At a ceremony in Copenhagen, Ban Ki-moon, right, inducts the late Wangari Maathai as a UN Messenger of Peace.


  • Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement

    Publication Date:
    9 July 2010

    Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO ... see more »

  • Kenya:  Maathai Made Real Courage Fashionable

    The Nation, 27 September 2011

    At the zenith of their gory orgy in the late 1980s, Kenya's then ruling party, Kanu, and its strongmen, cared little for the outright scandalous way they executed state power. read more »

  • South Africa:  ANC Saddened By the Death of Professor Wangari Maathai

    African National Congress, 27 September 2011

    The African National Congress (ANC) is saddened by the sudden passing away of Professor Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the founder of ... read more »

  • Kenya:  World Tribute to Maathai

    The Citizen, 26 September 2011

    The death of the renowned Kenyan environmentalist and politician, Prof Wangari Maathai, on Sunday was received with shock with many describing her as a dedicated woman who fought ... read more »

  • Kenya:  All I Can Say of Her Is - Whence Cometh Such Another?

    The Citizen, 26 September 2011

    In the wee hours of one of Kenya's finest and most prolific thinkers stopped thinking. Prof Wangari Maathai, who succumbed to cancer of the ovary at a Nairobi hospital, was among ... read more »

  • Africa:  Wangari Maathai - a 'Mighty Woman' Who Spoke Truth to Power

    Inter Press Service, 26 September 2011

    Last night, Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died. Most people think of Ms. Maathai as an environmentalist, planting trees. In reality, her ... read more »

  • Kenya:  UN Pays Tribute to Wangari Maathai

    UN News Service, 26 September 2011

    The United Nations today paid tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa's foremost environmental campaigners, who died on Sunday. read more »

  • Kenya:  World Leaders Mourn Wangari Maathai

    The Nation, 26 September 2011

    World leaders on Monday said Kenya had lost a courageous woman. read more »

  • Uganda:  Wangari - Kenya's Unbowed Eco-Warrior

    New Vision, 25 September 2011

    THE first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Kenyan Wangari Maathai who died Sunday, rose to prominence fighting for those most easily marginalised on the continent ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Maathai Left 'A Lasting Legacy'

    BuaNews, 26 September 2011

    Chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Achmat Dangor, says the late professor Wangari Maathai has left a lasting legacy in the work she has done to create awareness and ... read more »

His Highness The Aga Khan, right, speaks to Wangari Maathai. Looking on is Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, left.



  • Wangari Maathai Dies

    Publication Date:
    26 September 2011

    Prof Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine, has died in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer. She was 71.The ... see more »