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Madonna Stole the Show at the WSJ Innovator Awards
Highlights of the night included Madonna's delightfully unhinged, meandering speech in honor of dancer Lil Buck. Equal parts irritated mom and supportive mentor, the queen of pop complained, "Buck shows up uninvited at my house for dinner all the time," but went on to praise his tenacity, grace, and talent. Midway through her speech, she scolded a man in the audience for taking a photo of her at the podium. None of that mattered once Lil Buck took the stage and performed his now-famous "Swan" dance. He received both the Performing Arts Innovation award and a standing ovation from the crowd.
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Madonna is scheduled to meet Malawi's new president Peter Mutharika on friday

Madonna will meet Peter Mutharika, the new President of the Republic of Malawi, at his official Kamuzu Palace in the capital, Lilongwe on Friday, according to reports from the local media.

 

In the second day of her new visit to Malawi Madonna launched a 50-bed pediatrics ward at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre.

Sarah Ezzy, Director for Raising Malawi explains:

"The new facility will double the number of surgeries for children performed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and will provide the first dedicated pediatric intensive care unit in the country."

 

Madonna’s was not exactly getting along with former president Joyce Banda but things changed under the new administration. State House Press Secretary Frederick Ndala issued this comment on Madonna’s visit:

"We welcome Madonna as guest of the government and people of Malawi. The President appreciates the charity work she is doing for the people of Malawi."

 

Madonna with Dr. Eric Borgstein at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, where he launched a new project with Ministry of Health to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at the hospital. November 27, 2014, Photo credit: Stringer/Getty Images via the Huffington Post.

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Madonna wins over new Malawi president
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November 30, 2014
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Pop diva Madonna has met Malawi's new president after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government.
 
President Peter Mutharika hailed Madonna for her charity work in the poor southern African nation, saying "my government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country".
 
It was Madonna's first visit in more than a year after she was stripped of her VIP status by former president Joyce Banda amid controversy over the cancellation of her plans for an academy for girls.
 
"Her VIP status has been restored," presidential press secretary Frederick Ndala said.
 
Mutharika said the singer's passion was directed "especially towards addressing poverty and hardships endured by Malawi's orphans and vulnerable children through her charity Raising Malawi".
 
Madonna has adopted two children - Mercy James and David Banda - from the country, which officially has more than a million orphans and vulnerable children.
 
"During our discussion, Madonna displayed much commitment in helping to build more classrooms in schools across Malawi," said Mutharika, who described himself as "a fan of her music".
 
He thanked her for honouring her promise to bring her two adopted children along for the week-long visit.
 
The singer did not speak to the assembled journalists and was whisked away by her security detail soon after meeting the president at Kamuzu Palace in the administrative capital Lilongwe.
 
Madonna lost favour with the previous government after cancelling the construction of a $US15 million ($A16 million) academy which was meant to offer 500 scholarships to girls from poor backgrounds.
 
The academy was mired in allegations of mismanagement and the project was replaced by plans to build schools in order to reach more children.
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