Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamadi has become the first Kenyan to win a Kavli award which recognizes Awarded outstanding contributions in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience.
The Kavli Prize was established in 2005 through a joint venture between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and The Kavli Foundation & is also is open to journalists all over the world.
Kamadi who is famously known for the poetic depiction of the river in trouble is a science journalist based in Nairobi and he bagged this prize for his article that speaks about a river ecosystem in trouble.
His article titled ‘Tana River Basin under threat’, appeared on the Science Africa website in September 2019.
In a detailed report by researchprofessionalnews, the award won by the Kenyan Journalist is believed to be worth half a million, and Kamadi was named amongst other winners on 11 November.
In a statement issued by the journalist following his win, Kamadi revealed that he was humbled by the achievement as he encouraged other journalists to think beyond the perception that journalists need to be attached to known media houses in order to be recognized.
“It just goes to show that you need not be associated with, or work for, a big media organization for your work to be recognized.” he stated
Apart from Kamadi another African who made history by receiving this award is South Africa’s Sarah Wild who became the first African to win a Kavli, in 2017, for her investigation into Johannesburg’s unidentified dead bodies.