(According to The Sun, pictured above with Lourdes and Madonna is the little girl that Madonna is in the process of adopting)
Madonna is celebrating the adoption of three-year-old Mercy James — expected to be approved by a judge Friday morning — by throwing a party in Malawi.
Raising Malawi staff (who facilitated the adoption), government officials and teachers Madonna recruited for her Raising Malawi Academy celebrated with Madonna at the luxurious Kumbali Lodge.
Earlier Thursday, a truck carrying traditional dancers was spotted arriving at the lodge.
“We have been hired to perform for Madonna,” a man carrying a traditional drum made of cow hide told a local. “We are very excited.”
Mercy’s uncles, Peter Baneti and John Ngalande, arrived at the event early.
They signed off on adoption papers Monday — despite outcry from non-governmental organizations that accuse Madonna of using her wealth and celebrity status to bend Malawi’s adoption laws.
“Mercy is now assured of a good education away from the abject poverty of our village,” Peter Baneti told Us magazine on Thursday. “Madonna has assured us she will not cut her ties with us.”
Madonna’s three-year-old adopted son, David Banda, visited with his birth father, Yohane Banda, last Sunday. (Although Yohane will not attend the party as he’s returned to his home in Lipunga Village.)
Judge Esme Chombo is expected to sign off on the adoption during a Friday hearing at Lilongwe High Court at 8:30 a.m. local time. It certainly looks as though the judge will offer his full support to Madonna, as Malawi’s government is throwing their support behind her, the information minister told Reuters.
“Madonna has been good to us, she is supporting over 25,000 orphans in this country and she has proved that she can take care of David,” said Malawian Information Minister Patricia Kaliati. “Very few rich and famous people can take time to fly all the way to Malawi to support our children. We support her adoption process.”