BBC Africa Business Editor Larry Madowo was lucky to be chosen among the beneficiaries of the 44th Knight-Bagehot fellowship in Business and Economics at the Columbia Journalism School in Newyorkâ€™s Columbia University for the 2019-2020 academic year.
He was chosen alongside 400 other graduates in what the university described as the largest and most rigorous mid-career journalism fellowship in the world.
The mid-career journalism fellowship provides full tuition and a living stipend of Ksh6 millionÂ for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia University, primarily at Columbia’s Schools of Business and Journalism.
Madowo could not believe how lucky he was and all he could write on his Twitter account was, â€śIâ€™m still speechlessâ€ť.
The universityâ€™s website went ahead to write a few words about the fellows selected for the 2019-2020 program.
â€śLarry Madowo, 31, is the BBC Africa Business Editor,â€ť the website stated.
It went on to reveal that he sets up and leads a unit of nearly 30 journalists spread across Africa and London, covering Africaâ€™s business, tech, and innovation in English, French and Swahili.
He also has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Postâ€™s Global Opinions page and also wrote for CNN.com and Forbes Africa.
Larry was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans 2018 by New AfricanÂ Magazine.
He has hosted his own television and radio programs, reported from 40 countries and has some 3.5 million followers on social media.