Celebrated media personality Larry Madowo is currently working for CNN as a correspondent based in Nairobi.
Speaking in a recent interview with Evan-Lee Courie Larry said he wanted to be held accountable for any criticism he made to other journalists.
He explained that he got tired of criticizing problematic coverage of the African continent and that’s why he opted to take up a position at CNN to correct the mess.
‘WE HAVE DISCUSSED MY ROLE WITH THE LEADERSHIP AT CNN INTERNATIONAL SINCE LAST YEAR AND THIS WAS THE PERFECT TIME. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN CRITICAL OF SOME OF THE FOREIGN MEDIA’S COVERAGE OF AFRICA, SO I FELT CHALLENGED WHEN THE CNN OPPORTUNITY CAME UP.
IT’S EASY TO CRITICIZE OTHER JOURNALISTS’ AFRICAN REPORTING FROM THE COMFORTS OF AMERICA, BUT I CHOSE TO COME BACK, SO THE AUDIENCE CAN HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SAME STANDARDS I PREACHED,’ HE SAID.
His advice to young journalists aspiring to be like him, Madowo said they should never stop learning.
‘DEVELOP YOUR OWN STYLE, AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY. THE SIMPLEST, DUMBEST QUESTIONS SOMETIMES HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL ANSWERS. VIEWERS, OR LISTENERS, CAN TELL WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN AND WHEN YOU’RE FAKING IT. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE TO GET THAT DREAM JOB BUT IF YOU KEEP WORKING AT IT AND MAKING PROGRESS, IT PAYS OFF EVENTUALLY.”