US pop diva Madonna plans to start building a multi-million-dollar girls’ school in Malawi for underprivileged children this year, her local lawyer said on Wednesday.
“A task force of four prominent Malawians has already been formed to head the project which will be on the scale of what Oprah Winfrey has in South Africa,” Madonna’s lawyer Alan Chinula told Reuters.
“It is a multi-million dollar project and we will get the real costs in the next two weeks.”
Billionaire US television magnate Winfrey has built a US$40 million all-girl leadership academy in South Africa which boasts state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories, a yoga studio and beauty salon.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s High Court has delayed its final ruling on whether Madonna may adopt a two-year-old Malawian boy until next week, her lawyer said yesterday.
“We are finished with the proceedings today from our side, and the judge has decided to reserve his ruling on the case until next week because he has to review the recommendations from the Malawi Human Rights Commission on the adoption laws of Malawi,” Chinula said.
The Human Rights Commission is set up by the government. Its position on the adoption of toddler David Banda has not been made public. An exact date for next week’s ruling was not announced. – Reuters.