Larry Madowo


Global Opinions columnist covering politics, tech and culture in East Africa
Larry Madowo is a Kenyan broadcaster and writer. He has reported from about 40 countries and interviewed some of the world's most prominent political, business and cultural icons. He is a technology journalist, foreign policy commentator and travel addict. He trained briefly to be a priest before walking away.
Latest from Larry Madowo

Kenya’s homophobia is not the only dangerous thing about the ban on ‘Rafiki’

A Kenyan love story had its premiere at Cannes, but is banned in its own country.

May 15, 2018

East Africa’s new war on Internet expression

Imagine paying over $900 to a government agency just to be allowed to blog.

May 2, 2018

How Cambridge Analytica poisoned Kenya’s democracy

This is data neocolonialism, the same foreign interference that Uhuru Kenyatta pretended to be against.

March 20, 2018

I have over one million followers on Twitter. But I’m ready to quit.

Twitter claims to want to be a global force for good. So why is it ignoring so many of us in the global south?

March 9, 2018

‘Black Panther’: Why the relationship between Africans and black Americans is so messed up

Our issues are real, real deep. And we don't address them enough.

February 16, 2018

Kenya is sliding into a dictatorship

If he stands aside and lets his rogue government systematically crack down on Kenyans, President Kenyatta will become just another African strongman.

February 7, 2018