BBC Africa confirmed on Friday the 30th of October that Zawadi Mudibo would replace media sensation Larry Madowo as the Business Editor.
Through an internal memo, Newton Ndebu, BBC Africa Programmes editor, revealed Mudibo would fill the position for one year.
“Zawadi has been holding the position in an acting capacity and following a competitive process, is now confirmed to the role for the next 12 months. He is a talented and dedicated journalist, with over a decade’s experience reporting Business News in Africa.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to the BBC Africa Business leadership team who, have alongside Zawadi, led the BBC Africa business teams through a protracted leadership transition,” reads the memo in part.
Zawadi Mudibo, Claire Muthengi and Peter Wakaba led the Business team on rotation during the one-year transition period.
Last year in July, Larry Madowo took a sabbatical leave where he went to study economics at the University of Columbia.
After completing his studies, he returned to the BBC but as the US correspondent working for both TV and radio. He could not contain his excitement on rejoining the BBC team as he took to his social media announcing his first piece would be in a Covid-19 ICU ward.
Besides furthering his studies at the Columbia University, Madowo also won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for financial writing courtesy of his thesis on the aftermath of an e-commerce firm, Jumia’s listing on the NSE stock exchange.
His successor, Zawadi Mudibo is a successful bilingual journalist with experience in reporting news for the African audience. Before he joined the BBC, Mudibo worked at K24TV as a deputy business editor, senior anchor and reporter.
According to reports, Madowo allegedly poached Mudibo from local TV stations to strengthen BBC Africa’s business team.