Google honours Wangari Maathai with a doodle
Global search engine Google has created a special doodle on its homepages to honour the late Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai for her conservation work.
The doodle will appear on Google’s homepage across Sub-Sahara Africa countries and would coincide with what would have been the late environmentalist’s 73rd birthday.
In the doodle, a figure of a smiling Wangari replaces the second “o” in the Google logo.
Ms Maathai was the first female doctorate holder from East Africa and founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 which has planted around 51 million trees.
The movement also empowered African women by helping them develop new skills and educate themselves.
She was also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Before succumbing to ovarian cancer, Ms Maathai had been honoured by the British Royal Family and Prince Charles planted a tree in her memory at an environment conservation conference.
He referred to the Nobel laureate then as “… 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.”
The Wangari Maathai’s doodle will run for 24 hours, from midnight on 31 March to midnight on 1 April, says Google.
Google started honouring people, events, anniversaries and holidays with doodle designed by one of its engineers in 1999 and have since honoured personalities such as South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, whose doodle run last month.