It was a historic day for 39 year old Laura Aker,who found her dad through her half brother on facebook.
Maybe due to the anxiety of meeting his daughter for the first time,Andrew Olum Ekpang,collapsed a week before he was scheduled to travel to see daughter. Luckily, the doctor certified him fit to travel 3 weeks later.
The mother-of-three who grew up in Kirkcaldy in Scotland,got to know that the man she called dad was not her real father as a teenager, she needed to know why her father abandoned her after meeting her mother while training for the navy.
Nicky Campbell and the team found Laura’s half-brother Ntem on Facebook and made contact with him.
Her father revealed that he knew from birth about Laura and that she had always been important to Andy, but financial constraints meant he couldn’t see her.
Andy arrived at the airport with his walking stick beside his son Ntem.
Speaking to Nicky, he said: “I had to [make it] and it is really wonderful and great.”
“I felt terribly happy and thanked my god that my daughter had been looking for me. I have always been thinking about her.
“It’s sad. There are moments I sit round with my children and Laura is not there.”
Laura broke down in tears after Davina McCall told her that her dad has been found and was ‘thrilled’ to see her – before letting her know she has 12 siblings.
They finally shared a hug during an emotional meeting at a hotel where Laura and her dad said they loved each other.
Ntem broke down in tears of happiness and admitted his half-sister “meant so much” to them.
Laura said: “I just felt a connection straight away. When my dad said he loved me it was everything I hoped for.
“Now I feel not only part of my family in Scotland but also part of my massive family in Nigeria.”