World’s warrior

By Drum Digital
03 November 2011

She was too educated, too strong, too stubborn, too successful and too hard to control.

That’s how the ex-husband of Wangari Maathai described Africa’s first female Nobel Prize winner, who died on 25 September at the age of 71 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was a firebrand. She was beaten unconscious by police on that occasion.

It’s a path she was to tread many more times, but one she didn’t depart from until she felt she had been heard. She was a pioneering woman,” Manoah Esipisu, a journalist for Reuters news agency in Kenya at the time told DRUM.

Her work eventually won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Read more about this remarkable woman in DRUM, 6 October 2011 and find the answer to a question so many asked: Why the award was given to an environmentalist rather than a peace activist. 

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