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Madonna's confession to Oprah Madonna's confession to Oprah
by Amin George Forji
2006-10-31 09:59:05
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Madonna's 2005 release Confessions on a dance floor is said to be her most successful album ever. The title has been very appropriate not only for the lyrics of the album, but also for her life ever since. Commenting about the album during the release, Madonna said, "I want people to jump out of their seats...my record is about having a good time straight through and non-stop."

The prophecy's paradox has been that people have been jumping out of their seats "non-stop" over just about everything that Madonna has done. One of the most glaring instances of such excessive global attention has no doubt been her recent adoption of a 13-month-old boy from Malawi.

Madonna, the pop star is a direct contrast to Malawi, the country of her newfound baby, David Banda. The main difference being that the country is the second poorest in the whole world, while Madonna remains one of the richest female pop singers ever. Malawi is considered a failed state, in direct contrast to Madonna, who has been applauded by fans throughout her music career as a success story.

Comparing Madonna's America to Africa's Malawi, hmm, I would prefer to reserve my comments. It is enough for me to say that Madonna wanted (and surely still wants to) use her wealth and influence to bridge the gap between the two opposite worlds. She initiated the Raising Malawi charity, personally funding up to six orphanages, and is presently planning to open another outside the capital for 4,000 children. It was in the course of financing a documentary on the orphanages that Madonna discovered David Banda, who will later become her "child".

The dust over the adoption had hardly settled before local NGOs in Malawi opened a counter-front, criticizing the adoption, and requesting a court injunction to halt the adoption process. But the pressure was never enough to prevent the little boy from being flown to Madonna's home in London.

For the first time, Madonna has revealed the details of adopting the 13-month-old boy from Malawi, which hit headlines earlier this month. She granted her first public interview on the issue to the American talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday, in what can be rightly termed as a confession of her adoption story. Even before the official broadcast, excerpts of the interview have been widely available on the net, just to show how much the issue is being monitored by the media, plus excerpts have been made available on Oprah's website: www.oprah.com.

Madonna has been quoted as blaming the media for the controversies that arose following the adoption. "The media is doing a great disservice to all the orphans of Africa by turning it into such a negative thing," she stated on Oprah's show. She dismissed earlier media claims as false, that the boy's father had claimed to have given his consent to the adoption without full knowledge that the child was not going to return to him. "I believe he's been terrorised by the media. They have asked him things, repeatedly, and they have put words in his mouth. They have spun a story that is completely false," Madonna said.

Lamenting on her experience during her recent visit to Malawi, she said the one thing she discovered was that the whole country was in "a state of emergency". "To see eight-year-olds in charge of households, to see mothers dying, to see open sewers everywhere, to see what I saw - it is a state of emergency. As far as I'm concerned, the adoption laws have to be changed to suit that state of emergency. I think if everybody went there, they'd want to bring one of those children home with them and give them a better life," said Madonna in apparent justification of her reasons for resolving to adopt Banda.

The Malawian government granted Madonna and her British director husband Guy Ritchie an interim adoption order, with final approval to come within 18 months.

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