Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I stand before you and the world humbled by this recognition and uplifted by the honour of being the Nobel Peace Laureate. As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world.
Her family was Kikuyuthe most populous ethnic group in Kenyaand had lived in the area for several generations. Her father remained at the farm.
At age eleven, Maathai moved to St. Cecilia's for four years. During this time, she became fluent in English and converted to Catholicism.
She was involved with the Legion of Marywhose members attempted "to serve God by serving fellow human beings. Cecilia's, she was sheltered from the ongoing Mau Mau uprisingwhich forced her mother to move from their homestead to an emergency village in Ihithe.
Foundationinitiating what became known as the Kennedy Airlift or Airlift Africa. Maathai became one of some Kenyans selected to Wangari maathais nobel peace prize acceptance in the United States in September At that time of day in the central highlands the air and the soil are cool, the sun is going down, the sunlight is golden against the ridges and the green of trees, and there is usually a breeze.
As you remove the weeds and press the earth around the crops you feel content, and wish the light would last longer so you could cultivate more. Earth and water, air and waning fire of the sun combine to form the essential elements of life and reveal to me my kinship with the soil.
When I was a child I sometimes became so absorbed working in the fields with my machete that I didn't notice the end of the day until it got so dark that I could no longer differentiate between the weeds and crops. At that point I knew it was time to go home, on the narrow paths that criss crossed the fields and rivers and woodlots.
She received a scholarship to study at Mount St. Scholastica College now Benedictine Collegein Atchison, Kansaswhere she majored in biology, with minors in chemistry and German.
Her graduate studies there were funded by the Africa-America Institute and during her time in Pittsburghshe first experienced environmental restorationwhen local environmentalists pushed to rid the city of air pollution.
Maathai believed this was because of gender and tribal bias. Inat the urging of Professor Hofmann, she traveled to the University of Giessen in Germany in pursuit of a doctorate. She studied both at Giessen and the University of Munich. In the spring ofshe returned to Nairobi to continue studies at the University College of Nairobi as an assistant lecturer.
In May, she and Mwangi Maathai married. During the course of the election, Tom Mboya, who had been instrumental in founding the program which sent her overseas, was assassinated. This led to President Kenyatta effectually ending multi-party democracy in Kenya.
Shortly after, her first son, Waweru, was born. She completed her dissertation on the development and differentiation of gonads in bovines. Activism and political life[ edit ] Maathai continued to teach at Nairobi, becoming a senior lecturer in anatomy inchair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy in and associate professor in She was the first woman in Nairobi appointed to any of these positions.Wangari Maathai expresses her gratitude to the world for her Nobel Peace Prize, and also calls her audience to action.
Her goal is to convince the world that the environment has much more importance than most people seem to realize. Wangari Maathai - an excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize winner s acceptance speech.
By Wangari Maathai. As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa and indeed the whole world.
Wangari Maathai's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Analysis Essay Words Oct 10th, 3 Pages Wangari Maathai expresses her gratitude to the world for her Nobel Peace Prize, and also calls her audience to action.
Wangari Maathai, in full Wangari Muta Maathai, (born April 1, , Nyeri, Kenya—died September 25, , Nairobi), Kenyan politician and environmental activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, becoming the first black African woman to win a Nobel Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Wangari Muta Maathai "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace".
Wangari Maathai – Nobel Lecture Nobel Lecture, Oslo, December 10, Wangari Maathai delivers her Nobel Lecture after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in the Oslo City Hall, Oslo, Norway.