Igbo Ora Has One Of The Highest Number Of Twin Births In The World (videos)


Igbo Ora is presently located in Oyo state and the current governor is Seyi Makinde

Igbo Ora town is located in Oyo state, has the highest rate of twins birth in the world

That is not the case for the south western town in Oyo State, where every household boasts at least a set of twins. Situated 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Lagos state Nigeria, the town is nicknamed the ‘Twin Capital of the World” with an estimated 2017 population of about 92,000 people. Igbo Orarecords an unusually high rate of twin births; while there isn’t any recent accurate statistics, a study carried out byBritish gynecologist Patrick Nylander from 1972 to 1982 recorded an average of 45 to 50 sets of twins per 1000 births in Igbo Ora.

The people see the birth of twins as an honor and a blessing from God, with some of them regarding twins as supernatural beings and accordingly worship them as deities. Others, however, subscribe to a different school of thought, which attributes the high birth rate of twins to a diet related condition.

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