Celebrated journalist Larry Madowo uncontrollably broke down at the funeral service of his grandmother, Fransesca Madowo. The CNN journalist could not control his tears as he gave his tribute to his late grandmother, who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications last month.
Larry shared, on his social media platforms, a video of his emotional self addressing mourners who had gathered to pay their last respects at the funeral in Siaya County. The journalist termed his grandmother's burial day as the saddest day of his adult life. He adds that burying his grandmother has seriously broken him.
The voluble journalist, who addressed mourners in fluent Luo, revealed that he shared a close relationship with his grandmother.
"You've heard that I am always called Omondi, only my grandmother used to refer to me as Omondi. She was so close to my heart," he said amid sobs.
Larry further narrated how his late grandmother would wave at a TV-set hoping to catch his attention as he read prime time news. He says that she would scold him for not waving back, oblivious of the fact that Larry could actually not see her.
"Whenever I visited her, she would scold me for not greeting her back when she waved at me as I was presenting on TV. She thought that I was able to see her and that I could wave back," Larry narrated.
The former BBC news anchor further narrated how his late grandmother was close to all her 60 grandchildren and could address each by name. He revealed that the late octogenarian single-handedly took care of him and his other cousins who had lost their parents.
Larry thanked friends and family members who had graced the ocassion and promised to hold series of annual ceremonies in memory of his grandmother.