By: Obehi Imarenezor
Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, was recently spotted in Malawi, East Africa for a philanthropic mission, but it seems as though the 46 year-old Gates, had another mission. Well, Melinda was pictured fetching drinking water carrying along with water buckets on her head and washing dirty plates with villagers. It was also said that Melinda rejected an offer to stay in a five star hotel, instead she decided to simply stay in a village home of a family in the East African country. Many can argue and say that this may be a “publicity stunt” or simply a “photo opportunity” on Melinda’s behalf.
More often then not, whenever a white person goes into Africa to do advocacy work, there is always skepticism about that person’s motives, believing that they are only going there to be a “white savior. While her intensions may have very well been honest, there is still a long way to go before such assumptions will cease to exist. In the meantime, kudos to Melinda Gates for dedicating her time to such a passionate cause!