Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan was amongst the first world leaders to send their condolences following the death of Prof Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine.
Prof Maathai who would forever be celebrated and honoured on her strong stand on environmental conservation , died in Nairobi , the Kenya’s capital city on Sunday, after a long battle with cancer.
The environmentalist and politician died at the age of 71 years , according to officials at her Greenbelt Movement organisation.
The first female Africa's Nobel Peace Luareate will be remembered for her courage and tenacity in seeking social justice, conservation, democracy and corruption in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
Known also for her love for trees, Prof Maathai was in 2004 awarded the Nobel peace prize for her conservation efforts.
She was also a celebrated academic having been the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree.
Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki also sent condolences from New York where he had travelled to attend the UN General Assembly.
"It is with a deep sense of sadness and sorrow that I learnt of the death of Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai. With the passing on of Professor Maathai, the country and the world has not only lost a renowned environmentalist, but also a great human rights crusader," said a dispatch from Presidentiatl Press Service.
Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete was amongst the first world leaders to celebrate the professor.
"Rest in peace Dr Wangari Maathai. A great woman, an inspiration for many women across Africa, a magnificent visionary & embodiment of courage," President Kikwete said via twitter.