BBC’s Larry Madowo has finally made his return to television after taking a one year break to further his studies.
Taking to Instagram, Madowo stated that he was back to reporting as a correspondent adding that he is now focused on covering pivotal moments in America amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“A year after I took a career break, I’m back to reporting. I’m doing a new thing as a US Correspondent covering this pivotal moment in America for BBC. My first story, from inside a COVID-19 ICU, airs today across the BBC,” he wrote.
Last year, Madowo who is the BBC business editor for Africa announced that he would be away for a while as he was going back to school.
He joined the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics at the Columbia Journalism School.
“Hard to believe that I’ve got just 3 weeks left with the BBC before taking a break to be a full-time student again at Columbia. New York City, I’ll see you soon but for now, Nairobi, be nice to me,” he wrote on Twitter a year ago.
Hard to believe that I’ve got just 3 weeks left with the BBC before taking a break to be a full-time student again at @Columbia. New York City, I’ll see you soon but for now, Nairobi, be nice to me pic.twitter.com/HCc1bRSztI
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) July 8, 2019
He has since graduated virtually, going by the pictures he posted on his social media.
In a different account of events in February this year, he was rushed to hospital in what he termed as a “medical emergency”.
The news threw social media into a frenzy with some alluding that he had contracted the deadly COVID-19.
Madowo, however, refuted speculations by his followers and hoped for a speedy recovery.
“It’s all fun and games until you end up in the ER considering your own mortality. No, it wasn’t for Coronavirus. And yes, I’ll live,” read the tweet.
It’s all fun and games until you end up in the ER considering your own mortality. No, it wasn’t for coronavirus. And yes, I’ll live pic.twitter.com/DN81qlgKTD
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) February 6, 2020