Google has created a special Doodle on its homepages across Sub Sahara Africa to mark the 73rd birthday of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai. In the doodle, a figure of a smiling Wangari replaces the second “o” in the Google logo.
It was created by the Google Doodle team, and is intended to commemorate Wangari Maathai’s myriad of achievements.
She was the first female doctorate holder from East Africa, and founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, which has planted around 51 million trees and empowered African women by helping them develop new skills and educate themselves. Wangari was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Wangari was recently honoured by the British Royal Family, and Prince Charles planted a tree in her memory at an environment conservation conference.
He remarked “… so very greatly indeed I admired her, and whose loss we continue to mourn regularly, and whose remarkable legacy we celebrate namely the Green Belt Movement which continues, thank God, to have a lasting impact on the planet.”