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Larry Madowo makes history in Canada as star continues to shine

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Former NTV presenter Larry Madowo has made history as the first ever black person to deliver a lecture at Carleton University’s annual keynotes. The annual key notes have been held for the past 24 years.

Writing on Twitter, Madowo, who is the North America correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation, thanked Prof Allan Thompson, head of the Journalism program at the Ottawa-based university, for inviting him.  

Glowing Gratitude

“Learnt that I’m the first ever Black person to deliver a lecture in the 24 years Canada’s Carleton University School of Journalism has held annual keynotes. If I knew, I’d have worn a tie. It was a great honor. I’m grateful to Prof Allan and his School for inviting me and the Stursberg family for supporting them. And to Nahlah Ayed for an excellent conversation that will also air on her CBC radio show soon! Brace yourself, Canada!”

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Kenyan Larry Madowo anchoring news on BBC America. The young journalist’s career continues to shine. PHOTO/LARRY MADOWO

Larry’s career has been on an upward trajectory since he left BBC Africa to pursue his graduate studies at Columbia University, New York, US. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. While there, he won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing.

List of Accolades

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Larry’s other accolades are “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and a listing among 100 “Most Influential Africans” by NewAfrican magazine

He lives in Washington DC and routinely anchors prime time news on BBC America.

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