Fri 15 Dec 2017, 14:51
On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN meets journalist Larry Madowo to learn more about his journey to success.
Catch Madowo's story on Saturday 16 December at 18:30 EAT on African Voices on CNN (401).
Madowo is one of the biggest names on Kenyan TV, having raised his profile using multiple platforms to cover a plethora of topics, from pop culture to politics. However, before fame and success Madowo experienced much hardship as a child, after losing both of his parents by the time he was 14. He reflects on how this shaped the person he is today: “When you grow up with almost no privilege at all, you learn to appreciate the small things. There are small miracles happening every day and we’re living through this in Africa.”
After graduating from Daystar University, Madowo landed his first TV job at KTN (272). He quickly made an impression and began hosting The Trend for NTV in 2012. The show, which covered trending topics in the arts, music, entertainment and technology, was a huge success. Madowo explains: “More and more people started watching and it became the most imitated show on TV and the most commercially successful. It brought Kenyan arts and culture into the mainstream, onto prime time, which had not been done before.”
Madowo tells the programme how this experience, in which no two days were the same, instilled in him his love for journalism: “You never know what a day is going to turn out to be. You might be interviewing a Nobel Peace Prize winner or you might be interviewing a [market woman] and they will have valuable insights on the way of life.”
He now hosts the political show, Sidebar, on NTV. Madowo outlines why he felt inclined to move into covering politics: “I want to be involved in the development of my country and my continent, and part of that is political journalism, being able to cover the difficult stories and ask the hard questions.”
The show also airs at the following times:
Sunday 17 December at 02:30 EAT, 06:30 EAT and 22:00 EAT
Monday 18 December at 07:00 EAT
Tuesday 19 December at 12:30 EAT