'Real Housewives of DC' star Stacie Turner
has finally been reunited with her biological father.
In January, the sole African-American cast member on the Bravo reality series traveled to Nigeria to meet her dad, Nze Augustine Onyema
, during an eight-day excursion with her husband, Jason
, and two children.
spoke with the 42-year-old real estate mogul - who was adopted as a child - and she described the experience as "'Coming to America
' on steroids."
"It was the most incredible experience ever," she expressed. "Going to meet my father's village and meet the family, it was a national story of a girl's homecoming to reconnect with her family. They had two days of village homecoming with gun salutes, parades and everything. It was in all the Nigerian newspapers."
Turner said nearly 600 people turned up for the village celebration, and though she
was shocked to see the outpouring of love, she was more surprised to learn that she would become a village princess.
"In every village there is a family that's considered a royal family. In Mbaitoli, Onyema is the traditional ruling family. My father is a chief, a title holder, the nze of that area, and he's named me a princess," she explained.
Turner's new name is Princess Chimereuchem
, which means "God has granted my wish" in the native language.
The locals performed a traditional chant for Turner during one of the ceremonies.
"It's the one they do when a new baby is born," she enlightened. "The overall level of welcoming and hospitality and warmth is on a whole other level than they have here!"
Turner has nine other siblings, one of which is a younger sister who lives here in the United States as well.
"My siblings range in ages from 10 to 39 years old," she shared. "I'm the oldest child - the 'ada' of the family. There are all these responsibilities that come with being the oldest."
The Washington, DC, native's monumental family meeting was captured on film and Turner hopes to maybe turn the footage into a documentary.
If the 'Real Housewives of DC' is renewed for a second season - according to Bravo network executive Andy Cohen
they are exploring particulars now - some of the footage could be licensed for the sophomore season of the show as well.
To learn more about Turner's voyage to Nigeria, go to stacieturner.com
for additional photos and personal journal entries.
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