Defend Truth

With Oprah on backing vocals, Madonna sings Malawi blues

It happened to Oprah in South Africa, now Madonna is finding out that helping Malawian girls to a better life is fraught with good intentions. Malawi’s government is threatening to arrest villagers blocking construction of the very famous and often controversial singer’s multimillion-dollar girls’ academy. Madonna has been a frequent visitor to the landlocked country, having adopted two children from Malawi. Now, some 140 villagers are demanding more money for land the government leased to her charity, Raising Malawi, for 99 years. The very rich Madonna launched construction of the school last month, and has said she will build similar academies in other countries if this one works out. The current problems suggest that Africa may be her bête noire. Or put another way, she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Read more: Reuters, Time

Gallery

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options