On Monday 17th of January, 2011 at a private venue in Ikoyi, United States based reality TV star of the Real Housewives of DC Stacie Turner, her husband Jason Turner and their team were hosted by Mr. Remi Olowude CEO of IGI to an exclusive cocktail reception to celebrate the reality star’s linage in Nigeria. Mrs Turner is also a real estate executive and founder of ‘Extra-Ordinary Life’, a charity that enriches the lives of teen girls living in the DC foster care system…
In a speech at the reception, Mr Olowude described Turner’s visit as a remarkable story of Coming to Nigeria, “We are happy to support Turner’s visit to Nigeria because of the truly human interest angle of her story and because of her achievements in charity/community, career and business as well as her determination to go back to her roots in Nigeria.” He continued by emphasizing one of IGI’s social corporate responsibilities, “as a caring company with a rich pedigree, IGI is always proud to associate with people with good vision of their future”.
Mrs Turner was overwhelmed with joy for the warm welcome herself, husband and team had received from everyone in Nigeria and thanked the Olowude family and IGI Plc for being a part of the story of the success of her journey to re-unite with her biological father. According to her “I appreciate the support of the Olowude Family and IGI Plc for the wonderful time that I have had in Nigeria in the course of fulfilling my personal wish.”
Mrs Turner discovered through medical history that her birth father hails from Nigeria, though she had been adopted at an early. She now has a large extended family with ten siblings in Imo State.
One of the highlights of the day was presentation of gifts to Mrs Turner, one of which was a green suede Jacket with lace appliqués from Lanre da Silva Ajayi Couture.
Courtesy Foluso Gbadamosi of IGI
Photographer Lanre Balogun