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The Story Of IGBO ORA Town In OYO State – Where Every Family Has Multiple Set Of Twins
It will interest you to know that there is a particular town in Nigeria where every household gas a twin. It is a thing of joy as many families always look forward to having twins regarding the belief that they are special blessings from God.
The unusually large number of twin births in the region have earned the town the nickname Twin Capital of the World. This phenomenon of a large number of twin births is not unique to Igbo-Ora; it has also been observed in the town of Kodinji in India and Cândido Godói in Brazil but Igbo Ora has surpassed those countries.
“More twins are born here than anywhere else on earth, but nobody is quite sure why this town should be more twin prone than any other”. Outlook reports from the ‘twin town’ with a difference.
Igbo-Ora is not a wealthy town, many families rely on farming for their income and resources are scarce. Bringing up large numbers of children can be a struggle, but in many families, the arrival of twins continues to be warmly welcomed as one townsman explains: Being a father of twins is a joy. It is a sort of honour, because you know they are a special breed from God. The historical town of Igbo-Ora is always coming alive when people from all walks of life converged in the ancient community to celebrate the yearly Igbo-Ora World Twins Festival.
Reputed to be the most prominent among of places with multiple births, with a record of twins or triplets in virtually every household in the community, the festival, which was put together by Twins World Creations in conjunction with the Igbo-Ora community foundation is always organised to showcase the tourism and cultural potentials of the community, as well as attracts investors into the state and help get the town into Guinness Book of Record.
The highpoint of the yearly event has always been the presence of the grand patron of the festival, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Dr. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, many other first-class monarchs and other prominent personalities.
In Igbo-Ora, nearly every household has a history of giving birth to twins or other multiples, people attributed the predominance of twins in Igbo-Ora to a meal, Amala and Ilasa, morsel meals that combine yam powder (agida) and Okra Leave Soup, yams contain gonadotrophins, a chemical that helps women produce multiple eggs.