Madonna's visit to Malawi earlier in the month has since seen her blasted by Malawian officials who are accusing her of making VIP demands and failing to come through with plans to build a lavish school for the country.
When Madonna was making her way through the airport with her entourage – which included her four children, Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy – an unnamed aviation official told E! News that she was asked to go through "the ordinary passenger terminal on their way to the jet...Read Full Story
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Ted Obvious reports from Lilongwe: Oh, this is really funny. The woman calling herself ‘Madonna’, born as Louise Veronica Ciccone, the entertainer that is, has fallen out with the people who run Malawi, the small African country which Ms Ciccone had chosen as other object of her kindness, having adopted two kids from there. It so happened that during her last trip to this part of the world Ms Ciccone was accused by...Read Full Story
Name: David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie
Date of Birth: September 24, 2005
Parents: Madonna Ciccone & Guy Ritchie
Siblings: Lourdes, 15, Rocco, 12, Mercy, 6, Raphael, 1, and baby X on the way!
♥ Madonna began the process to adopt David from Malawi on October 10, 2006
♥ The adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008
♥ Madonna has taken David back to Malawi where they paid an emotional visit to her son’s former orphanage
♥ David’s younger sister Mercy is also from Malawi
♥ His god father is...Read Full Story
Talks are underway in Malawi over the Lake Malawi border disagreement. MaraPost’s Derek Mapondera filed this report from Mzuzu Malawi and Tanzania on Monday opened five days of diplomatic talks on the long-dormant Lake Malawi border dispute, with Malawian Foreign Affairs minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume saying he hoped the talks would "clear the misundertanding on the border once and for all.""The people of Tanzania and Malawi have every confidence that the meeting will clear the...Read Full Story
Chikondi Chabvuta: Spotlight on Malawian agricultural beacon
Malawi has become a role model in African agriculture for a number of reasons, one of which is the efforts the late president made to transform the country into a grain-exporting country. As the agricultural sector struggles to thrive under the new …See all stories on this topic »
Malawi President challenges the rich to adopt children orphaned by Aids …
President Joyce Banda on Wednesday challenged all well-to-do individuals in the...Read Full Story
Malawian writer, academic Legson Kayira dies in exile
Legson Kayira was a Malawian novelist whose early works focused on Malawi's rural life and later satirised the Hastings Banda's regime who consequently exiled him. Since then, he had never returned. His novels, The Looming Shadow, Jingala, The Civil …See all stories on this topic »
Sand festival excites Malawi govt, Mama Kadzamira attends …
Minister of Tourism, Daniel Liwimbi, has said government is excited to see local people coming of...Read Full Story
LILONGWE—Pres Joyce Banda met with political leaders and academics in Lilongwe on Tuesday to discuss the dispute over Lake Malawi with Tanzania ahead of her meeting with her counterpart Jakaya Kikwete.“I leave for Mozambique tomorrow where I have requested meetings with my fellow Head of State. I believe you are a critical group as political leaders whose input can feed into such meetings,” said Banda. She said the two leaders would meet during a two-day summit of the Southern African...Read Full Story
New Malawian film gets first nominations at international festivals
'The Last Fishing Boat', a new film by Malawian movie producer and director Charles Shemu Joyah, has won the first selection for screening in a competition at the Kenya International Film Festival. The competition started on 23 October and will run to …See all stories on this topic »
JB installed as University of Malawi chancellor: 1654 students graduate
Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda was on Friday officially inaugurated...Read Full Story
Malawi’s past, present and future captured in this great photo taken during Malawi 48th independence celebrations, July 6, 2012. From left: Former Official Hostess Mama Cecilia Kadzamira, who was always on the side of Malawi’s first president Hastings Banda. To Mama’s left is human rights activist and lawyer Vera Chirwa. Vera’s husband, Orton, founded the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and drafted the country's first constitution. Orton handed over MCP leadership to Kamuzu Banda who turned...Read Full Story
MZUZU--Malawi's ruling People’s Party's (PP) first ever convention is underway in Blantyre.
Making the opening speech this morning, Pres Joyce Banda, who is unopposed as president of the party after her challenger withdrew from contesting, said “democracy has come to stay and democracy in Malawi has matured”.
She narrated the challenges which PP faced during formation and thanked some notable individuals who included Samson Msosa, Lawrence Mpofu and Paul Maulidi for enduring the storm...Read Full Story
Madonna has officially been granted an interim adoption of Malawian baby David Banda. Madonna will get temporary custody of the 13-month-old child for 18 months. Follow news and share opinions about the David Banda situation.
"After learning that there were
over 1 million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home
and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in
many cases death, as well as expand our family...this
was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly."
David Banda's Father: Part I (in response to criticisms about how the adoption was handled; source: MSNBC)
“Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage?
These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone...As father I have OKed this, I have no problem. The village has
no problem. Who are they to cause trouble? Please let them stop.”
David Banda's Father: Part II (a week after his comments defending Madonna and the adoption; source: Reuters)
"Had they told us that Madonna wanted to adopt my son and make him
her own son, we would not have agreed to that. It would have been better for him to
continue staying at the orphanage because I see no reason why my child
should be given away forever when I can feed him"