Pop Icon Madonna in Kenya, meets First Lady and slum children


Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Madonna Louise Ciccone has today met with Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the country’s State House to deliberate on issues relating to Margaret’s ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality in the East African nation.

Madonna is in the country to explore practical programs that have a transformative impact on vulnerable groups, especially women and children.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, when her group met with the First Lady and her Beyond Zero team, Madonna pointed out that both the First Lady and herself have a common agenda in protecting women and children.

She described the Beyond Zero initiative as an amazing movement and a natural partner for advocacy, to break the code of silence around gender-based violence through education and awareness building.

The pop icon pledged to work with Beyond Zero in scaling-up maternal and child health programs as well as initiatives against gender violence.

Madonna, also an actress, founder of Raising Malawi, Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare and a philanthropist, also visited Kibera slums in the capital, Nairobi, where she met residents who were happy to host her. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa.

It is not clear when she jetted into Kenya, or how long she will be staying there.

Here are some of the pictures from the meeting, as well as some from her visit to Kibera;

(Photos courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/OfficeoftheFirstLadyofKenya/ and https://twitter.com/Madonna)