by Martin Oduor
Larry Madowo has opened up about his struggles growing up as an orphan in rural Kenya. The NTV anchor lost his parents when he was just 14.
The story of Larry Madowo is typical of most people who made it from humble backgrounds. Larry used to sell mandazi in Gikomba before he ventured into journalism.
The NTV anchor spoke about his past an interview with CNN’s African Voices. Larry says growing up with so little taught him to appreciate the small things in life.
“My earliest memories are often not having things that other kids had. People came to school ‘oh my dad did this or my mom did this, i didn’t have that.’ But when you grow up with so much little, when you grow up with almost no privilege at all you learn to appreciate the small things,” said Larry Madowo.
I got on TV without any experience
Larry Madowo also reveals that he always tries to give someone a chance to excel in their endeavors. He explains that he does this because he landed on TV because someone took a chance on him when he had zero experience.
“I got on TV because someone took a chance on me without experience, without anything. And what i have tried to do in my career is also to give the same opportunity i was given to someone else…sending the elevator back down,” said Larry Madowo.
I want to show people it’s possible
Larry Madowo says he aims at inspiring young generation from poor backgrounds. He asserts that if he made it anyone can make it too irrespective of their backgrounds.
“The kind of impact i wish to make in Africa is to show a lot of young kids grown up from under privileged rural backgrounds like me that it is possible if you have a dream and you work on it, the whole world is yours for the taking,” stated Larry Madowo.
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November 25, 2022