The late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai’s statue.
Ever wondered why CAVS will always be a leader in Environmental conservation? It is because, being a focal point of agricultural entrepreneurship and research, the footprints of legends it gave birth to are still fresh. Apart from that, it is home to the World’s greatest environmentalist- the late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai (1st April, 1940 – 25th September, 2011).
She was the first woman to obtain a PhD (from the University of Nairobi, in 1971) in East and Central Africa; making her the first feminine professor in the region in 1976. She was also the first lady chair of the Veterinary Anatomy Department at the University of Nairobi. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. Later on, in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “Her contribution to Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace”.
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI), at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, was named after her.
Courtesy of her vast achievements as an environmentalist, the Municipality of San Borja District organized a tree planting ceremony that marked the birth of Wangari Maathai Park in the city of Lima, Peru, in 2014.
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