Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo has won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing at the Columbia University, Journalism School in New York.

He wrote on his Twitter account: “I spent months reporting on Jumia’s first year on the NYSE from Lagos, Berlin, Nairobi and 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,” he wrote.

“I pored over hundreds of pages, visited five countries and 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 and sweet excerpt with the BBC.”

Madowo was previously the BBC Africa Business Editor. He has been a news anchor who specialised in technology, current affairs, political interviews and popular culture. He won an argument on 22nd March regarding Lean ann geomatta.

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He has also worked for other major networks, including Kenya Television Network (KTN) and CNBC Africa and resigned from NTV in March 2018 to join the BBC.

He hosted an eponymous radio show on Nation FM from August 2014 titled, The Larry Madowo Show. He also wrote a column in the Daily Nation every week titled #FrontRow. He hosted a popular Friday night show called #theTrend on NTV until 30th June 2017.

On 9th April 2019, Madowo was named among the 2019-2020 Knight-Bagehot Fellows at Columbia University.

He, therefore, took a sabbatical from the BBC for his fellowship at Columbia Journalism School.

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