Celebrated media personality Larry Madowo, who has been making major moves in the international journalism realm, brings yet another prestigious award home.
Madowo scooped the prestigious 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing, thanks to his 9,000-word thesis which focused on the aftermath of Jumia’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in April 2019.
The Phil Greer Award, named after its founder, recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership, passion and commitment in their journalism fields.
The accomplished journalist took to his social media pages to announce the prestigious win on the night of May 19, 2020.
“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. I’m also co-authoring an MBA case study on it at @Columbia_Biz School,” wrote Larry Madowo.
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. I’m also co-authoring an MBA case study on it at @Columbia_Biz School pic.twitter.com/WzgfyXuYlu
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) May 19, 2020
This comes just months after Larry announced taking home the coveted Association for International Broadcasting (AIBs) award for his first radio documentary ever which focused on the Chinese built Nairobi-Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway.
Back from a 2-month social media break to learn that a BBC radio documentary I presented was nominated for an award! I loved working on it & I’m so glad people around the world enjoyed it. Listen here https://t.co/fwXK2OxvwZ pic.twitter.com/Xvm3YvyP4P
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 6, 2019
His efforts and latest win have not been in vain and Kenyans have swarmed on to social media to congratulate one of their own on his success.
Philip Greer award winning Journalist for Financial Writting.Congratulations Larry madowo for making Kenya even soaring to greater heights 🇰🇪.
Thanks to his sense of humour and charisma backed by a good knowledge in English and financial matters.
It's a marathon not a sprint🐆 pic.twitter.com/sKhMOGB8er
— VICTOR LIYOSI- EGH🌐 (@VictorLiyosi3) May 20, 2020
Since Madowo's accent came all has been going well! Congratulations Larry! Sky is the limit
— Lion muigai (@MohMuigai) May 20, 2020
I really just love to see Kenyans win….or anyone for that matter…congratulations Larry…you make us proud👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 https://t.co/I1YWCZBf0I
— Tantalizer🇰🇪🐃 (@AliceKanji_) May 19, 2020
Congratulations Larry the boy from Siaya just keeps winning! Do not tire of winning ndugu. https://t.co/vmCWOWmu34
— Monsieur Emile (@AmThePaul) May 19, 2020
Congratulations Larry Madowo … Proud of your achievements … And humbled to call you my client & friend.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) May 20, 2020
Larry’s career has been on an upward trajectory and he has made giant moves since his days at NTV as The Trend’s Presenter. It seems everything he touches turns to gold.
The Trend made him a household name in Kenya after which he moved on to BBC Africa for a lucrative business editor job, transforming him into an international big wig almost instantly.
He announced that he would be travelling to New York to further his studies at Columbia University on a journalism fellowship, after a year at BBC.
“This has been a dream job in every way and leaving it was one of the hardest decisions of my life. An exciting year in New York City awaits but saying goodbye is so hard! I’ll miss everyone terribly,” Larry tweeted.
As Madowo keeps flying the Kenyan flag high, Congratulations!