Larry Madowo Earns $60,000 Fellowship From Prestigious Columbia University


Barely a year after joining BBC as its Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo has been admitted to prestigious Columbia University, in New York as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow, class of 2019-2020.

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship is the only global mid-career journalism program devoted to business, economics, finance, and tech journalism and is undertaken at the Columbia Journalism School.

Larry Madowo is among ten fellows who have been selected to take part in the Journalism program that brings together top journalists in business and technology.

Raju Narisetti, professor of professional practice and director of the program noted the following about the fellowship:

“When they graduate in 2020 with a much deeper understanding of business, economics, technology and public policy, they will join 400 other Knight Bagehot alums living up to the mission of providing better context and understanding to their audiences globally.”

According to Columbia University, the mid-career journalism fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $60,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia University, primarily at Columbia’s Schools of Business and Journalism. Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School, led by seasoned journalists, media business executives and a broad range of tech, finance and economics experts during the nine-month program, which begins in August.

Larry’s bio on the Columbia University page making the announcement read as follows:

“Larry Madowo 31, is the BBC Africa Business Editor. He set up and leads a unit of nearly 30 journalists spread across Africa and London, covering Africa’s business, tech and innovation in English, French and Swahili. He has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post’s Global Opinions page and written for and Forbes Africa. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans 2018  by NewAfrican magazine. He has hosted his own television and radio programs and reported from 40 countries, and has some 3.5 million followers on social media.”

Congratulations, Larry!