Ikal Angei – Unbowed environmental and social justice activist

Listen Ikal Angelei made history by staging a spirited opposition against the construction of the Gibe III Dam to protect the livelihoods of people living in northern Kenya. Researching the potential impact of the Gibe III Dam, Ikal Angelei was shocked to discover that, although the project appeared to be bringing progress, it would potentially […]

Helen Gichohi – Go-getter who carved her niche in Ecology

Listen A love for ecology and the outdoors led to a career in wildlife conservation, and prompted Dr. Helen Gichohi to spearhead the move to bring the African Wildlife Foundation headquarters from the US to Africa. Conservationist Dr. Helen Gichohi spent the first 10 years of her life with her grandmother in Nyeri, as her mother worked in Nairobi. […]

Daphne Sheldrick – Naturalists abiding love for orphaned elephants

Listen An elephant hurled her on to rocks, crushing her bones; not only did she live to tell the tale but she has dedicated her life to rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating elephants and rhinos. A fourth-generation Kenya-born Briton, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick adopted her first orphaned animal, a bushbuck, when she was only three years old. “My parents […]

Wangari Maathai – Saving the environment one tree at a time

Listen History was made in 2004 when Wangari Muta Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Her legacy lives on. Professor Wangari Muta Maathai was vocal about the plight of the Kenyan rural women, and championed their cause by planting trees, a connection no […]

Paula Kahumbu – One angry voice for endangered wildlife

Listen Known for being the fearless powerhouse behind the iconic “Hands off our Elephants!” campaign that builds awareness among local leaders and citizens to join hands in the fight against poaching, Paula Kahumbu is one of Kenya’s most influential conservationists. When President Daniel arap Moi set a 12-tonne pile of ivory on fire on Tuesday, […]

Margaret Mwangola

Listen In a quest to liberate as many women as possible from the gruelling task of trekking long distances to fetch water, Margaret Mwangola co-founded the Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO), bringing clean drinking water closer to homes. She knew that providing clean water would reduce waterborne diseases, and give women more time to […]