Life Just One Name
posted by October 16 at 15:18 PMon
Malawi — A 1-year-old boy whom Madonna and her husband are seeking to adopt left for England on Monday, flying first on a chartered plane to South Africa, then on a regularly scheduled flight to London, where the singer has a home. The boy, David Banda…This question is for my brothers and sisters in Malawi, a country that was once joined with Zambia and Zimbabwe to form the Central African Federation: As a people, why are you so fond of the surname Banda? The certainty with which one knows a day must have a sun stands next to the certainty that the minute one hears a Malawian has entered a room is the very same minute one will hear the word “Banda.” It’s always this Banda, that Banda, those Bandas. Really—I’m being very serious now—why the utter lack of diversity when comes to this one thing? The name of that Madonna boy could so easily have been Hastings Banda.