Margaretha is a woman in Yoruba tribe, from Africal. The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion. It is often celebrated and lauded. In the Yoruba tribe, which originates in Nigeria, twin births have a high occurrence.
“Ten years after my first set of twins one of each this time…. God please give all women out there who are waiting and trusting for such miracles the same unending joy that I feel as a little woman with five beautiful children. My Joy knows no bound…..God is been You…. children of my old age…. at 30 i had twin boys n at 40 am having one of each….. thank You heavenly Father” Margaretha said
Twins, the birth of two offspring from the same pregnancy, is a relatively uncommon phenomenon, and as such, twins are often regarded as special.
The birth rate of twins varies by location and nation around the world. The lowest rates are found in Latin America and Southeast Asia, where just 9 sets of twins are born for every 1,000 live births.
In the United States, there are approximately 33 twins born for every 1,000 live births, compared to approximately 16 twins in Europe.
However, the Yoruba people of southwest Nigeria boast the highest number of twin births in the world, with about 50 sets of twins for every 1,000 live births.
And in Yorubaland, one town in particular appears to take the prize for the highest number of multiple births in the world.
Unconfirmed statistics from the peaceful farming hamlet of Igbo Ora claim that it has 158 sets of twins for every 1,000 live births, making it the undisputed twin capital of the world. Igbo Ora is 80 kilometers from Lagos.
At the entrance to the town, visitors are welcomed with a large plinth, which proudly celebrates its reputation as “the land of twins.”
While there is no scientific explanation for the high number of twin births in the town near Yorubaland, fertility experts speculate that it may be related to the consumption of a particular variety of yam that contains a natural phytoestrogen, which is thought to encourage a woman’s ovaries to release eggs from both sides.
The locals and residents of Igbo Ora, however, say the secret of their multiple births lie in their staple, which consists of the leaf of an okra plant and yam.
In a 2013 interview, a community leader said, “We eat a lot of the okra leaf or Ilasa soup. We also eat a lot of yam and these diets influence multiple births.”
One could hardly enter a home in Igbo Ora, Oyo State, without encountering a pair of twins. The indigenous people of the region think that a particular variety of okra leaves known as ewe ilasa has the power to induce twin pregnancies in women who consume it. After visiting the town, Taiwo Abiodun wrote about the occurrence.