Larry Madowo is taking a sabbatical starting from August this year after his acceptance to be among the beneficiaries of the 44th Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics at the Columbia Journalism School.
Media personality, Larry Madowo, could not hide his joy after receiving a unique gift from his colleagues at BBC Africa during his farewell.
In a 24-second clip that was shared by Peter Mwangangi, Madowo is seen holding up a card that is shaped like a cat while laughing.
When he was the host of The Trend, which airs on NTV every Friday, the 32-year-old newscaster had a segment where he aired funny cat videos.
The card that he was given by his colleagues brought back fond memories of when Larry was hosting the show.
He let the cat out of the bag that one of the people who gifted him the card used to select the videos for him.
“You guys are talking about cat videos but I used to work with this guy on them. Joseph, I have not forgotten.
“He is the one who used to select the cats. When he was in Uganda, he had like 4 cats. He had no friends, just cats,” he remarked.
On Monday, Madowo announced his temporary exit from BBC Africa where he works as a Business Editor.
He noted that he only had three weeks left before he took time off to be a full-time student at Columbia University in New York.
The former NTV news anchor is not lucky but blessed to have been chosen among the beneficiaries of the 44th Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics at the Columbia Journalism School.
The program, which runs for one year, is awarded to individuals with four-year experience in business journalism.
The fellows come from top media publications and their work has been published in Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Quartz, Politico, Mother Jones, BBC, Africa Report, The Washington Post, Reuters, and The Journal News in White Plains, reads an announcement on the school’s website.
The fellowship will provide full tuition and a living stipend of Sh6 million for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at the university.
“These Fellows reflect what was one of the most globally competitive and diverse applicant pools the Bagehot program has seen in its 44 years,” said Raju Narisetti, professor of professional practice and director of the program.
Madowo did not shed light on to whether he will be back with the British broadcaster after completing the fellowship once he is done.
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