Page last updated at 17:02 GMT, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 18:02 UK

Madonna and David return to Malawian orphanage

By Raphael Tenthani
BBC News, Malawi

Madonna and David Banda
Madonna's adoption was approved in May 2008

Pop singer Madonna has taken her adopted son David to visit his former orphanage in central Malawi.

Chants of "welcome home, David!" and "we love you, David!" could be heard from inside the Home Of Hope as the four-year-old and his mother arrived.

Journalists were barred from the reunion, which took place during Madonna's week-long stay in Malawi.

But the head of the orphanage said Madonna did not want to break David's "emotional attachment" to the home.

"David spent most of his first days on earth here," Lucy Chipeta told the BBC. "We are delighted to have him back."

"We have preserved his room including his crib," she added.

As Madonna engaged in discussions with the orphanage's directors, David and his older sister Lourdes played with the young residents.

However, the four-year-old's biological father, Yohane Banda, was nowhere to be seen.

Chipeta refused to comment on why he had not attended.

Madonna, in Malawi since Monday, is scheduled to leave the southern African country on Friday.

The pop star, 51, funds six orphanages through her Raising Malawi charity and is setting up a school for girls on the outskirts of the country's capital, Lilongwe.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Madonna opens new Malawi school
26 Oct 09 |  Entertainment
Malawi welcomes Madonna adoption
13 Jun 09 |  Entertainment
Madonna 'ecstatic' over adoption
12 Jun 09 |  Entertainment
Head to head: Madonna adoption
01 Apr 09 |  Africa
Madonna neighbour sues over noise
20 Oct 09 |  Entertainment
Wedding photo damages for Madonna
06 Oct 09 |  Entertainment
Madonna vows never to marry again
01 Oct 09 |  Entertainment
Madonna granted divorce in London
21 Nov 08 |  Entertainment
Country profile: Malawi
21 Jan 11 |  Country profiles

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific