Annie Chikhwaza has been interviewed by local Malawian and international newspapers and TV networks and Kondanani has received much coverage in the media. When Madonna went to Malawi to adopt a baby in 2008 the orphanage became a focus of global attention and a Dutch network produced a documentary on Annie’s life entitled ‘Mem in Malawi’. She is an inspiration to many and her biography, ‘Mother of Malawi’ is a candid account of all the obstacles she has had to overcome.
Annie has featured on GOD TV regularly over the past decade on several Behind the Screens updates and a series of In Depth interviews broadcast around the world. in July 2013 Annie was interviewed by Liz Ray about her biography, Mother of Malawi.
The founder of Kondanani Children’s Village, Annie Chikhwaza has become known as the ‘Mother of Malawi’ due to her work amongst orphans in one of Africa’s poorest countries. GOD TV supports Kondanani and the work of the Children’s Village has often featured on GOD TV. In Depth host, Liz Ray captures Annie’s life in a way that will strengthen your faith as to what God can do, even in the most hopeless situations.
Watch Annie being interviewed by Wendy Alec of GOD TV on An Evening With Wendy, recorded LIVE on 10 May, (Mother’s Day) at the network’s headquarters in Jerusalem, Israel.
Evangelische Omroep (EO)
In February 2008 the Dutch television station, Evangelische Omroep (EO) broadcast a documentary on Annie’s Life entitled ‘Mem in Malawi’ (Mother of Malawi). The video is a remarkable dramatisation of her life story, highlighting her transition from rebellious teenager and suicidal young woman to a go-getting young entrepreneur and businesswoman who headed up her own credit control company. How a near fatal attack on her life left her income generating activities in tatters and how she had to rebuild her life and ministry to become the successful leader of an organization with hundreds of staff members, and the passionate philanthropist she is today.
In November 2008, EO also featured Annie’s Work at Kondanani in ‘A Good Start’ focusing on a young couple, Jan & Esther Ekkel who have been waiting for a baby for several years. Through a Dutch Adoption Agency and Kondanani, the big day finally comes and they are told they have been assigned a son in Africa. A camera crew follows them to Kondanani where they meet their child for the first time. It is an emotional experience filled with joy as the couple experience life at the orphanage while they wait for the adoption to be finalised. They make a tearful visit to the child’s grandmother, to see his birthplace and visit the grave of his mother. They are overwhelmed by the poverty of the village, the tin plates, pots and pans on the dusty floor. It’s a sad day, but also a day filled with hope for the baby’s future.
SVT (Swedish TV)
What is the Swedish media saying about Kondanani?
Swedish Television Network, SVT carried a report on Kondanani on it’s Korrespondenterna programme on 15th October. Watch online and see Annie’s interview in English with Swedish subtitles. The segment is about 20 minutes into the programme.
For our Swedish friends, click to read SVT reporter, Erika Bjerström’s article about how Kondanani is making a difference in Malawi. http://www.svt.se/nyheter/varlden/har-styr-malawis-mor-med-guds-hjalp
“These children would be dead if I had not received them,” Annie says speaking about the AIDS epidemic which has hit Malawi hard. The video shows her genuine affection for each child in her care, the little ones are obviously well cared for, and happy as they sing “I have decided to follow Jesus.”
Although the report highlights the good Kondanani is achieving, it also question’s Annie’s motives in assisting the children of Malawi – whether she is just upholding Western superiority while overlooking Malawi’s recent improvements.
Erika Bjerström comes to the conclusion that Annie feels there is no future for Africa, but this is not so. She mention’s Annie’s biography ‘Mother of Malawi’ but unfortunately overlook’s Annie’s aspirations to transform Africa, especially recorded in the chapters. “My Vision For Africa”; “My African Dream” and “Our Fight for Africa’s Children.”
Read Mother of Malawi and decide for yourself!