Celebrated Kenyan Journalist Larry Madowo has once again appeared on the list of Top 100 Most Influential Africans 2020. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) North America Correspondent took to social media to celebrated the achievement. In a tweet, the 33-year-old Knight-Bagehot Fellow expressed his excitement saying that he’s honoured to be in the list for the second time.
“I’m so stoked to be recognized among such great Africans for the second time! Thank you,” he wrote.
Madowo was recognized among tech gurus and notable personalities such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Nigerian actor John Boyega as well as Senegalese international and Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane. Kenyan photojournalist and activist Boniface Mwangi was also named among the top 100 influential list. The 37-year-old social activist expressed gratitude over the achievement writing, “It’s an honour to be in the New African Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential Africans.”
Larry’s appearance on the list comes barely a week after he made history as the first black person to deliver a lecture at Carleton University in Canada. Though delivered virtually, he became the first black person in the 24 years Canada’s Carleton University School of Journalism has held annual keynotes. In his address titled Stranger in a Strange Land, Madowo reflected on his journey from covering the disputed presidential elections in Kenya in 2007-08. He related it to the political turmoil in which the United States is now embroiled in, with President Donald Trump accusing his opponent Joe Biden of election malpractice.
His address put a focus on events surrounding the disputed presidential election in the US and acknowledged that conflict can take many forms. Madowo made his mark with his coverage of the US presidential election and its aftermath and is a pioneering digital journalist with more than 4 million social media followers around the world on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.