Jennifer Ubah,

Correspondent (Africa)


LILONGWE – President Joyce Banda of Malawi was apparently “incandescent with anger” at her office for labelling Madonna a ‘bully.’ According to a statement, the pop singer during her recent visit to Malawi demanded VIP treatment because of her charitable contribution to the country.
A statement found on April 10th 2013 claimed that the star wanted Malawi “to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude.” Apparently Madonna thought that the government should have “rolled out a red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute” as she arrived in Malawi.
The statement also said, “Granted, Madonna is a famed international musician. But that does not impose an injunction of obligation on any government…to give her state treatment. Such treatment, even if she deserved it, is discretionary not obligatory.”
The head of Malawi’s NGO Board claims that President Banda ‘did not approve’ and was unaware of the statement which came out from her office on Wednesday April 10th.
Madonna’s charity in Malawi released a statement the day after accusing President Banda of ‘releasing lies’ although Banda claims she had nothing to do with the statement.
The statement further explains that Madonna has not kept her promise to spend money on improving the infrastructure in the poor nation. She has also, according to the source, lied about building schools in Malawi but rather is only creating classrooms.
“For her to tell the whole world that she is building schools in Malawi when she has actually only contributed to the construction of classrooms is not compatible with the manners of someone who thinks she deserves to be revered with state grandeur.”
The source also stated that “among the many things that Madonna needs to learn as a matter of urgency is the decency of telling the truth.”
Madonna has responded to the harsh remarks by saying they are not true. According to the 54-year-old star, she got involved in Malawi seven years ago “with honourable intentions.”
Madonna has adopted two out of her four children from Malawi.

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Jennifer is a student at Cardiff University studying Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and is a correspondent for The Global Panorama. She thinks that letting the public know what is happening around the world is important because intelligent people can use their minds to think of ways to make the world a fairer and safer place.