Saturday, February 16, 2008

Africa's tree Mother

One on One with Dr.Wangari Maathai

This is a very intimate interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai the first African Woman ever to win a Nobel Peace prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace".

She is also known as Africa's tree mother due to her efforts in saving the enviroment whose activities have led to the planting of over 30 million trees.

I found this interview particularly interesting because first of all, she is a villager and does go on into detail about village life.

I did not know much about her story but after this particular interview, I felt like I had known her all my life.

One particularly interesting aspect is that she came to the United States at the height of the Civil Rights movement and she gives her perspectives on her experience as an African villager. Very fascinating.

Also though disturbing to western sensibilities, she has an interesting view of polygamy having herself grown up in a polygomous house hold.

Her narrative of her divorce is quite interesting, her husband's grounds for divorce were that she was too strong headed.

Well atleast she is planting trees for some of us.