Celebrated Kenyan – born CNN International Correspondent, Larry Madowo, yesterday September9, 2021, shared an emotional tribute during the funeral of his grandmother Francesca Madowo In Siaya County.
In a video shared on his Facebook page, the emotional Larry broke down as he shares the great stories and times they shared together with the deceased.
Speaking in his native Luo language the former BBC journalist revealed to the mourners that his grandmother was proud of all her grandchildren, and had a personal relationship and touch with each one of them.
The CNN journalist shed tears as his voice broke, revealing that his grandmother was the only person who called him with his Luo name Omondi, while everyone else calls him Larry.
He further revealed that his grandmother raised him together with his other siblings after losing his parents at the age of 10 years.
While sharing the sweet old memories, the news anvchor told a story of how the grandmother would confront him in the evenings, wondering why he did not wave back when she waved at him while he was reading news on TV, not realizing that Larry was unable to see her on her side.
Larry described the late Francesca as a loving woman further noting that they will gather at her home ever month of August to celebrate her life and those of their departed parents.
During her death, Madowo described his late grandmother as the heartbeat of their family, adding that his heart is broken.
“My grandmother, the family matriarch, our heartbeat, my comedy partner, the dearly loved Francesca Madowo, has joined the ancestors,” the CNN correspondents tweeted.
“I am numb. My heart has been ripped from my chest. Light has gone out of my life. Nind gi kwe, min Omollo (Rest in peace, Mama Omollo).”
This is after a month ago, Madowo stated that his grandmother had been on a ventilator for four weeks after contracting Covid-19.