I don’t blame you, Madonna

There has been so much bru-ha-ha about pop-star Madonna’s recent adoption of a little boy, from Malawi. My problem is not with her widely-publicized adoption. Not so much. My beef is her reaction to the media, about the issue. She spoke with Oprah yesterday.
She said amongst other things:

“I beg all of those people to go to Africa and see what I saw and walk through those villages. … To see 8-year-olds in charge of households. To see mothers dying, with Kaposi sarcoma lesions all over their bodies. To see open sewages 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.”

Imagine! Do I blame her? No! Of course not. I blame the majority of African leaders who only care about their stomach. They care little about the welfare of the “common man”.  They are so busy mastering and implementing the art/act of “theivery” that there is little left in the state coffers for the social welfare of the people.

The roads are bad, the streets are dirty. The hospitals are ill-equipped (little wonder they [the leaders] fly abroad when they are ill), the school teachers are either not well-paid, or not paid on time, or a horrible combination of both. I could go on and on.

Back to Madonna:

“Anybody who had that idea would be discouraged from doing it. For me, that’s what disappoints me the most. I feel like the media is doing a great disservice to all the orphans of Africa, period, not just Malawi, by turning it into such a negative thing.”

I never knew the situation is so bad that westerners now have to fly into Africa to adopt “orphans”. I don’t blame you, Madonna. :-s

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Oluniyi D. Ajao
Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.

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