Wangari Maathai – Google Doodle 1st April 2013


Wangari Maathai 1st April 2013

It is no Joke, today Google Africa is celebrating the life and legacy of Kenyan Born Wangari Maathai born on the 1st of April 1940 and who died on the 25th of September 2011. She was a Kenyan Woman’s Rights, Environmental and Political Activist.

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Wangari Maathai were responsible for many controversy statements during her life time, one of these were about Aids, she speculated the HIV/Aids were a biological weapon created by the western worlds to decimate African populations.

In a 2004 interview with Time, in response to questions concerning that report, Maathai replied, “I have no idea who created AIDS and whether it is a biological agent or not. But I do know things like that don’t come from the moon. I have always thought that it is important to tell people the truth, but I guess there is some truth that must not be too exposed,” and when asked what she meant, she continued, “I’m referring to AIDS. I am sure people know where it came from. And I’m quite sure it did not come from the monkeys

She later released an official statement saying:

Wangari Maathai said that “I have warned people against false beliefs and misinformation such as attributing this disease to a curse from God or believing that sleeping with a virgin cures the infection.

These prevalent beliefs in my region have led to an upsurge in rape and violence against children. It is within this context, also complicated by the cultural and religious perspective that I often speak. I have therefore been shocked by the ongoing debate generated by what I am purported to have said. It is therefore critical for me to state that I neither say nor believe that the virus was developed by white people or white powers in order to destroy the African people. Such views are wicked and destructive” by Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai received her University Education in the United States of America at the University of Pittsburg and also studied in Kenia at the University College of Nairobi and were qualified in B.S. Biology, M.S Biological Science and PhD Veterinary Anatomy.

Wangari Maathai were most known for the Green Belt Movement which she founded in the 1970’s in Kenya. The Green Belt Movement was aimed at woman’s rights and focused mainly on environmental issues. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”

1 April 2013Wangari Maathai was an elected Member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. Furthermore she was an Honorary Councilor of the World Future Council.

In 2006 Wangari Maathai met with President Barak Obama.

Today’s Google Doodle 1st April 2013 have an image of what looks like Wangari Maathai in the middle of the Google Doodle, in the background you can see a African Jungle with the letters Google hanging from the trees, all these very much part of what Wangari Maathai stood for!

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