Madonna Criticised by Malawi President for ‘Changing Her Mind’ over Plans to Build Schools

Aislinn Laing, Telegraph (London), April 30, 2012

Mrs Banda said the pop star was not “barred” from returning to Malawi, known as the Warm Heart of Africa, but that her charitable involvement in the country was over.

“Madonna came to Malawi to build a school, an academy like the one Oprah (Winfrey) build in South Africa, but she changed her mind,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

“I have a problem with a lot of things around the adoption of the children and the changing of the mind and then coming back to build community schools.

“I don’t want to discuss that, I don’t want that to be top of my agenda because it doesn’t matter. It’s something she offered to do and she has changed her mind—that’s fine.”

Mrs Banda, the second woman ever to become an African president who stepped into the post after the death from a heart attack of her autocratic predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika earlier this month, was speaking during a visit to South Africa where she met President Jacob Zuma.

The 62-year-old president’s sister is Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, a Malawian development worker picked by Madonna to be CEO of her £9.4 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls for 400 children.

It followed her controversial adoption of first David, then Mercy, from Malawian families.

But the singer fell out with the charity’s local staff including Mrs Mtila-Oponyo when a report accused them of expropriating funds to spend on luxury cars and golf membership. She and others are now suing Madonna’s foundation for wrongful termination.

Earlier this year, Madonna said she would build 10 schools around the country instead but that suggestion was rejected by the Department of Education, who said the government was “fed up” with her.

Mrs Banda’s intervention is a first by the Malawian leadership, which is heavily dependent on foreign assistance in its education and health sectors, and effectively closes the door on any further charitable work by Madonna.

“Malawi is a free nation, we cannot bar anyone from coming,” Mrs Banda said. “She’s not interested in investing any more—she has closed her offices in Malawi.

“We have accepted her position, we respect her decision and I personally don’t have any further comment about it.”

Mrs Banda said however that she was keen for the re-establishment of direct aid to her government from Britain, following a diplomatic spat last year which saw Mr wa Mutharika eject the British High Commissioner from Malawi after he accused the president of becoming “increasingly autocratic”.

“We have assured the UK that what the High Commissioner went through will not happen again,” she said. “He will be respected and given space to work efficiently without disturbance.”

She urged Britons to support continued aid to Malawi, despite a recession at home that has seen cuts in virtually all other government spending.

“The UK is our largest donor and has come very far with us,” she said. “We look upon the UK as the country that has taken us from zero to where we are now in terms of education and health.

“We do realise that we need to be moving from where we are, from a country that depends on imports to exporting, from aid to trade, and that is what I am starting to do now.

“I hope our main donors like the UK will want to stand by us a little longer. It would be tragic for anything to go wrong with our support base now that a woman has taken over because then I would have failed and I have never failed, this would be my first time.”

Sarah Ezzy, a spokeswoman for the Global Philanthropy Group which manages Raising Malawi on Madonna’s behalf, said the pop star had spent over $11 million of her own money on Malawian projects in the past six years and would continue to invest in the country despite President Banda’s comments.

“In 2012, Raising Malawi continues to support several community-based organisations, including orphan care centers and medical clinics across the country,” she said. “The organisation has partnered with the (US charity) buildOn to construct 10 new primary schools in rural communities. Additionally, later this spring Raising Malawi will install a power grid at Consol Homes orphan care center to bring electricity to that community. Thousands of children and their families will benefit from this investment.”

 

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  • Madonna found out that Africans are corrupt, larcenous and ineducable.  She had to blow through eight figures to find that out, or she could have learned that by reading AR.

    • The__Bobster

      She already bought her fashion accessories. She feels no need to buy anyone else off.

      • Sheila Dinehart

        ha!

      • Up to my neck in CA

        http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=7218470&page=1

        “No matter how comfortable white, A-list stars like Madonna and Angelina Jolie look toting their black babies, experts say adoption rates for African-American children still lag far behind those of white children. ”

        I’m still waiting until I can get one with easy pay on HSN.

  • She realized that all the sub sahara african kids with an IQ over 80 are allready in Ophras school.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      hey…I want to see the edited out part!  Also do you realize that the happiest people on earth are retarded…I mean married adult retarded people are happier, hardly ever worried, and they have lots of sex.  That is really true.

      Intellect can be so very over-rated, don’t you think?

      Just testing you, moderator…(sigh)

  • Boereseun

    Madonna, I know you need a money sink but come on… surely there are some more worthy children or projects to spend it on? Ehrm…I don’t know, like the white children and families left in poverty through the actions of the ANC regime in South Africa? How about helping them or don’t they deserve it? I can promise you this, if you put money into these children instead of in Malawi, you WILL get a return on your investment and it won’t be a money sink.

    Of course nothing will change their minds though, liberals utterly believe that the noble savage will one day become all they could ever hope. Just look at Charlize, adopting such a noble specimen, argh, makes one sick!

  • JewOnAmren

    Madonna is a shrewd businesswoman, and she got robbed blind by half-witted Malawians.  She could have avoided this with half an hour of reading on Amren, but she is a true believer in the religion of Egalitarianism and she can only learn from reality.  Fortunately for her, reality is a patient instructor.

    She has adopted two pets from Malawi, and her next lesson in reality will start happening when her pets reach age ten, and the boy starts becoming sexually mature and confident when he’s 15, and both of them somehow end up last in their class at whatever exclusive private school they are sent to.  She’ll drag them to the most expensive behavioral specialists she can find in the world, and their behavior will not change.  She’ll hire the best tutors money can find and their scores will not improve.

    When her pets turn 20, they will feel nothing but anger and frustration over being asked to do things they know they can’t do.  However they will also want to keep the flow of “gibs” coming from their “mother”.  When the astute businesswoman Madonna realizes all this, she will finally be at the level of knowledge that the average Amren reader already has.

    I’m sure Madonna 20 years in the future has a lot of things she would like to say to Madonna of today.

    Right now my city is in the process of bringing in its first groidle of blacks into its formerly all-white school.  They are in the learning stage that Madonna was in a few years ago.  I am very sad to think of what the long-term outcome will be for my city and I wish everyone here could take an hour to read Amren and figure out if they really should be recruiting blacks to come into the school here.  Parents will start becoming afraid for their daughters, who will be subjected to advances from sexually aggressive and confident black teenagers.  Their sons may get persuaded to get involved into the reckless and dangerous activities blacks get involved in, and blacks are very good at manipulating whites.  Once white parents start pulling their children out of school it starts a cycle, and we all know how that cycle ends.

    Reality is a patient teacher, unfortunately I wish the lessons could be sped up, as they are very costly.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      I hope I never have that much to say about Madonna…let’s face it, you know you are born again.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      She is so shrewd a businesswoman she got robbed by half-wits you say?

      (scraching head)

  • Fakeemail

    As far as I’m concerned, Madonna and her assets should be forcibly banished to some African country.  In the 90s, she very much popularized the allure of black male sexuality and all that.  If she loves them so much, she should live in societies created and run by black men.

    • Athling

      She did much more than that. She fell perfectly in line with the most virulent blacks in that “the white man is keeping the brothers down.” She is the epitome of a race traitor.

  • radical7

    Madonna adopted a Black child from Malawi several years ago.

    • The__Bobster

      Two, actually.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    “The white woman’s burden” …(now that is a clever remark).

  • Oil Can Harry

    Madonna is already planning ahead to when her two African children turn 18.

    She’s torn between Harvard and Yale while they’re deciding between Folsom, Attica and Sing Sing.

  • Athling

    Imagine waking up to this each morning…

    Madonna’s former lover

    • Orion_Blue

      How very typical. The pathology of the “white” female in the regressive oafish brute could be a serious area of academic enquiry, if the dominant elements did not control the discourse.

      My racial realism has only grown with my exposure to this enriching diversity.

  • mobilebay

    I don’t blame Madonna for not wanting to throw good money after bad. She cannot count on that country, or any other run by minorities, to see that the funds will be distributed as they should be. Time after time it’s been proven that they just cannot be trusted to handle money or leadership. It doesn’t seem to be in the genes. As far as foreign adoptions, I’m against them. It will only lead to heartache down the road.

  • Athling

    The same could probably be said of Tim Wise. You’re not him are you?

  • Up to my neck in CA
  • If that skank madonna LUVS africa so much

    MAKE HER MOVE HER MANSION(s) THERE

  • Madonna has had so much sex with so many black thugs she must be “stuck on stupid” to think she can work with Africans succesfully.She has in fact come under fire from blacks for her comments re black males,that they were the ones who treated her with the least respect. (That is ONE situation where I think the black male actually has a clue!) I despise her with all my heart,and I laugh at her little “problem” of missing funds. The RT (Real Tragedy. The “Real Tragedy”  is a phrase that refers to the fact that in any situation or occurence  the worst aspect of it is if blacks are denied  something or hurt or damaged in any way,i.e. the RT of violence is black-on-black crime. The RT of Obama is black unemployment remaining high. ) of thi sis that these schooze will nver be built and these girls never educated to become computer engineers who will immigrate here and be role models. Damn!

  • This is the travel writer,right? He wrote a book depicting his many sexual affairs with Affican women. Maybe a book that wont appear on the Amren list!

  • Nipsey Russell?

  • Orion_Blue

    What is really interesting here is that the wilfully and selfselectedly degraded class have such an interest in imposing their deranged interests on the rest of us.

  • Boereseun

    Charlize has turned her back on her people. Her name ‘Theron’ isn’t even pronounced correctly anymore. She has totally, without a doubt, taken on the lifestyle of a rich American, Hollywood liberal, with all the ‘black’ accessories included. 

    She lies about her past, lies about her love of her land of birth. She may be beautiful, even at the age of 36, but beware the devil in sheep’s clothing. 

    As to her ‘knowing’ South African blacks first hand. Nah, she knows about as much about black behaviour as an American living in Boston. She left SA at age 15-16, before the end of Apartheid, and hasn’t lived here since. You will be surprised, during Apartheid, the crime rate was virtually zero and places were so safe, you could walk from one end of town to the other at the dead of night.

    As to the reasons she acts like she does? She suffered an abusive father and there is definitely truth that her father was a drunk or at least highly abusive and I think that abusive relationship has played a major part in the construction of the woman known as Charlize. 

  • All these sluts- Madonna, Theron, Jolie,…are actually getting overblown reputation for years & decades. They’ ll leave no movies of any durable worth, no music one can listen to without being bored (unlike, say, Joan Baez or even Enya).

    Although I avoid this characterization, they are truly White trash.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

       This is one point where you and I agree emphatically.  Madonna took white womanhood to the lowest of lows and the damage has been widespread and it continues.

  • even madonna is more intelligent than anyone that country can produce. i can’t imagine what it must be like to live as a constant beggar and have no shame whatsoever about it.

    read ‘dead aid’ by dambisa moyo – all you need to know about aid to africa, which has topped over $1 trillion from the u.s. we just gave over $100 million to this malawi country or mali or something. whoever is authorizing these aid gifts should be locked up or better yet deported to africa permanently. they have done nothing to earn our money and just what do we get in return?

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    One one hand, they blame colonialism for their failings, then they make statements like Mrs Banda does here, expecting the gold to keep flowing in all circumstances.

  • Laager

    These African trophy adoptions are a sure sign of a desperate need for publicity as the “mothers” (are they really going to change the diapers themselves?) enter middle age and need a publicity stunt to fire up a flagging career.

    Spend a bit of time on Google to see what became of Oprah’s good intentions within a year of her school opening

    And why do they throw their own money down the drain?
    The UK government has The Department of International Development which unilaterally decides to spend UK taxpayers money on aid to the third world. Last count there was about £9 billion swilling around in the fund.

    All it does is create a dependency culture and accelerate the birth rate in these basket case countries. In time many of the off spring of this benevolence make it to the donor nations as “political refugees” and “asylum seekers” to freeload off their benefit system.

    How stupid are the liberals in these western governments who perpetuate this mad merry-go-round.

    Stop the aid. Let natural selection take it’s course and cut the birth rate. Let the people learn to stand on their own feet through necessity being the mother of invention. This is the way the west developed. There were no benevolent benefactors in the wings helping them get their act together – and the world is a better place for it. It fosters self reliance and a work ethic which leads to a win-win solutions.

    It is time Africa learned this lesson.