¨It was all hard work!¨ Larry Madowo reveals after clinching prestigious International Award

BBC journalist, Larry Madowo earned himself the 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing from his 9,000-word piece on Jumia.

This is following his Jumia project that he has been tirelessly working on for months now and still counting.

The Internationally-acclaimed media practitioner broke the news on his Twitter page, expressing just how relieved, impressed and grateful he was to his hard-work and his lecturer.

Celebrated Kenyan journalist, Larry Madowo

Having spent months reporting on Jumia´s yield within it´s first year in Lagos, Berlin, Nairobi and New York for his postgraduate thesis at Columbia University.

I spent months reporting on Jumia’s first year on the NYSE from Lagos, Berlin, Nairobi & New York for my @ColumbiaJournMA thesis. My 9,000-word piece just won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing.

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To that account, he disclosed:

I’m also co-authoring an MBA case study on it at @Columbia_Biz School

Larry Madowo bags prestigious Award at Columbia University

The project

Speaking of his Jumia project, the Kenyan born and bred media sensation recalled just how he combed through hundreds of pages, visited 5 countries and recorded hours of Interviews, to complete his project.

Larry Madowo in Columbia University, City of New York

To that regard, he declared he was going to keep his project intact until Columbia University awarded him a degree today.

I pored over hundreds of pages, visited 5 countries & recorded hours of interviews for the Jumia project. I’ll keep the full thing until @Columbia gives me my degree (tomorrow!) but I published a short & sweet excerpt with the BBC

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And to his amazing professor and thesis advisor, Winnie O´Kelley, his humble words read:

Thanks for making it all possible

Larry Madowo´s tweet

It was all a trail of Congratulations to him from Kenyans online, and we at Ghafla! Kenya give him a hats off!


Apart from his projects and established name in the Kenyan media industry, Larry Madowo is currently a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York, class of 2019-2020.

Having previously worked as a Business Editor at BBC Africa.

Former BBC journalist, Larry Madowo

Madowo became part of the BBC family in April 2018, having come from NTV where he doubled up as a prime time news anchor alongside Victoria Rubadiri as well as being a talk-show host.

Larry, if anything, lives to be celebrated and remembered for being the brainchild of the popular NTV´s The Trend show, currently hosted by Amina Abdi Rabar.

Maisha ikikukubali aki!! Larry taking a break at BBC to join prestigious school in US 

When it’s time to harvest your fruits and you labored hard during planting time, always expect healthy fruits.

BBC news anchor Larry Madowo was forced to hustle hard all his young life and now the fruits are showing. The popular news anchor recently revealed that he’s planning to take a break at BBC to further his education at Columbia Journalism.

The break comes just a year after he joined BBC following his resignation from NTV.


He’s now among the lucky few selected to be part of the 44th Knight-Bagehot fellowship in Business and Economics at the Columbia Journalism School in Newyork’s Columbia University for the 2019-2020 academic year.

On social media, he made the announcement informing fans of his break.

“Hard to believe that I’ve got just 3 weeks left with the BBC before taking a break to be a full-time student again at Columbia university. New York city, I’ll see you soon but for now, Nairobi, be nice to me.” he posted. 


Larry Madowo smitten as he is set to join prestigious Columbia Journalism School

Former NTV Journalist, Larry Madowo is lost of words.

This is after receiving news of his admission into the lucrative Columbia Journalism School.

Just yesterday, Columbia unveils the 2019-2020 Knight-Bagehot Fellows and Larry Madowo is among the chosen few.

Only 10 fellows from across the world were picked for this fellowship, which tells us how competitive the position is.

The fellowship is based in the field of Business and Economics and is based in New York City.

Nikkei, Columbia Journalism School

Currently in its 44th Year, the fellowship is the largest and most rigorous mid-career journalism program, globally.

Additionally, only the top brass in the media industry get to secure a place for the program, having 400 beneficiaries so far.

The posts


The 31 year old is till smitten by the news on his twitter account:

According to the professor of professional practice and director of the program, Raju Narisetti:

These fellows reflect what was one of the most globally competitive and diverse applicant pools the Bagehot program has seen in its 44 years.


When they graduate in 2020 with a much deeper understanding of business, economics, technology and public policy;

They will join 400 other Knight Bagehot alums living up to the mission.

This is in providing better context and understanding to their audiences globally.

Program benefits

The Columbia-based fellowship tags along a couple of benefits for the fellows admitted.

First, Columbia University fully caters for each fellow´s tuition.

Secondly, the fellows will receive $6 million for the 9 months they will be on board.

Coming down to $60,000 monthly.

Thirdly, the fellows get the privilege to be a part of special seminars at the Journalism school, led by top experts.

Seasoned journalists, media business executives and a broad range of tech, finance and economics experts will be in attendance.

The fellowship program begins in August 2019.


Larry Madowo is a force to reckon with having well established his name in the media industry, hopping from one media to another.

Larry Madowo has for the longest time in his career, served as an NTV news anchor and hosting popular shows like ´The Trend´.

Soon after he announcing his exit, fans have been left out to dry and the show has never been the same again.

However, Kenya wished him well as he joined the British, BBC Africa as a Business Editor and since then, has never looked back.

According to the Columbia University website, Larry sets up and leads a unit of nearly 30 journalists spread across Africa and London.

He covers Africa´s business, tech and innovation in English, French and Swahili.

Madowo is also a contributing columnist for ´The Washington Post´ and also a writer for CNN.com and Forbes Africa.

´New African Magazine´, acknowledges Larry as one of the 100 most influential Africans as of 2018.

We wish our renowned Kenyan, BBC journalist, nothing but a fruitful course.

Cheers Larry!