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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Odd Facts : The Land Of Twins


Nigeria holds the World Record in Multiple Births.

Twins info about Nigeria:
Most of the multiple births, comes from the women of the Yoruba Ethnic group in the Western part of the Country who have the highest number of multiple births in the world.
Nigeria has more of Identical twins than Fraternal twins.
The tribe of birth determines the names of twins in Nigeria. Among the Hausas Northern tribe of Nigeria, the first is called Hassan, while the second is called Hussien. In the Yoruba tribe of Western Nigeria, they are called Taiwo and Kehinde. While in Mid-western of Nigeria (Edo State) It is Odion and Akhere.

Source: Twinsworld

In Igbo-Ora, residents have no explanation of why their own town should be more twin prone than any other. Some attribute the phenomenon to providence, others to lineage and still others to diet, specifically the reputed high oestrogen content of agida, a local variant of the popular yam root tuber used as a staple.

"Agida grows in clusters and anybody who eats it is bound to have babies in multiples" said Mojisola Adeniyi, whose father had four sets of twins, of
which she was one. Robert Asiedu, a yam specialist at the internationally-funded International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, 60km east of Igbo-Ora, is sceptical of a yam lin

Source: Science In Africa

It's a curious, but little-known fact that the rate of twin births in West Africa is about four times higher than in the rest of the world. The centre of this twin zone is Igbo-Ora, a sleepy southwest town in Nigeria.

Source: BBC World Service

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