MYTH OR FACT: YORUBA TWINS


Twins from Nigeria

Good evening and welcome. You know how twins mean a lot to so many people and tribes. Well, the Yoruba people have a different view of twins.

Any Yoruba person in the house, Ek’aale. Meanwhile, if you have no idea who or what the Yoruba tribe is, click here.

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In Nigeria, there are multiple, I mean loads and loads of tribes, and all of the tribes do have different beliefs. Most times, contradicting each other.

There is a tribe that till today, still discriminate against twins. The Arochukwu people of Abia State in Nigeria, still disseminate some level of social stigma towards twins.

Identical twins in Nigeria

You may begin to wonder if twin has lost or changed its meaning. A twin is either of two people who were born at the same time as a sibling, could be identical, non-identical (or in rare cases – Siamese twins).

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To many, it’s a blessing, as it means less period of labour for more ‘fruits of labour’ (winks). But to some, they see it as trouble, as it means getting double of every previous piece of baby item.

For the Yorubas, there is no stigma associated with it. As a matter of fact, I feel they are the tribe with the highest amount of twins in Nigeria.

They have many names peculiar to twins, like Taiwo & Kehinde; Taye & Tayo, Olumide & Olamide,

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In contemporary society, when you give birth to twins, the child whose body came out first is the older. But for the Yoruba, the system is different.

The Yoruba believes that the child who came out last is the older of the twins. Why? because the older child stayed back and relaxed in the womb while sending the younger child to go and check out the world.

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If you are a Yoruba, or you happen to have more information on this, please feel free to hit the comment section, I am sure I am not the only one dying for this information.

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