NEW YORK – Words that might describe Madonna: diva, maverick, humanitarian. But in a language spoken widely in the African country of Malawi, her name takes on a new -- and unintentionally funny -- meaning.
"People started to say my name and they had never heard of Madonna," the 48-year-old singer, talking about her recent visit to Malawi, told AP Television in an interview Tuesday.
"And, in Chichewa, the word `madonna' means `distinguished white lady,' so I think they got very confused."
Madonna's efforts to adopt a 13-month boy, David Banda, have set off a media storm. She and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, were granted an interim adoption order by Malawi's High Court last month.
The boy has joined her two children -- daughter Lourdes, 9, and son Rocco, 6 -- in England. What is it like to have a little one again?
"It's nice," she said. "It's lovely. It's so great to hold him, you know, and he's just starting to walk. And just to see that -- the whole world being new again -- and to see the world through his eyes is wonderful."
Madonna has written a new children's book, "Too Good to Be True," and said she wants to direct a movie and has a project in mind. She also has an NBC concert special set to air Nov. 22.
When asked if she would retire to focus on her children full time, a smiling Madonna replied, "No. I love my job."