US-based Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo on Friday made history after he delivered a lecture at Canada’s Carleton University.
Madowo, who is a North America correspondent for the BBC, became the first-ever black person to deliver an address in the university’s annual School of Journalism keynotes, which have been held for the past 24 years.
Through Twitter, Madowo thanked the head of the Journalism program at Carleton, Prof. Allan Thompson for inviting him.
“Learnt that I’m the first-ever Black person to deliver a lecture in the 24 years Canada’s Carleton University School of Journalism has held annual keynotes.”
“It was a great honor. I’m grateful to Prof Allan and his School for inviting me and the Stursberg family for supporting them,” he wrote.
In the lecture delivered virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Madowo shared his experience covering the chaotic 2007 presidential election in Kenya.
He related it to the political turmoil experienced in the US following the recently-held 2020 presidential elections, where incumbent Donald Trump of the Republican Party has alleged rigging and refused to recognize the legitimacy of his Democratic counterpart Joe Biden’s victory.
He further acknowledged the work done by journalists who report what they witness in conflicting areas.