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The Nigerian Town Nicknamed ‘Twin Capital Of The World’ Because It Has The Highest Number Of Twins(pics)


West Africa has the highest occurrence of twins in the world. One
town in particular, has a twin birth rate so high that the town was
nicknamed the Twin Capital of the World.


1. Percentage wise, there are about 30 times more twins in that town than there are in Europe

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According to a BBC article, there are about 158 twins per 1000
newborns in Twin Capital of the World, compared to 5 twins per 1000
newborns in Europe.

2. People attribute the predominance of twins to a meal

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Àmàlà and Ìlasà is a morsel meal that combines yam powder and okra
soup. Yams contain gonadotrophins, a chemical that helps women produce
multiple eggs.

3. Twins are regarded as special creatures

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Twins are taken care of in a special way: they wear the same clothes and have a shrine built for them in their living room.

4. The same phenomenon was observed in two other cities in the world

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The towns of Kodinji in India and Candido in Brazil both have a high number of twin births.

5. Some community members worship twins

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In a BBC interview, community members stated that “It’s a sort of honour to be so-called Father or mother of twins because they are a special breed from God.”


6. Raising twins can sometimes be difficult

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Raising a pair of twins implies feeding two children. Some people cannot afford raising twins.

8. The town in question is called Igbo-Ora

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Igbo-Ora is a small town in the Oyo State, north of Lagos, Nigeria.

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