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Nigeria's Twin Town Ponders Cause Of Multiple Births

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IGBO ORA TOWN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF STUDENTS PLAYING IN A SCHOOL VARIOUS OF TWINS BANNER READING (English): 'TWIN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD' (SOUNDBITE) (Yoruba) STUDENT, KEHINDE OYEDEPO, SAYING: "There are so many twins in Igbo Ora because of the Okra leaf we eat. If the residents and visitors eat the okra leaf they will give birth to twins, and we the twins love eating scented palm oil, beans and banana." VARIOUS OF STATUE OF WOMAN CARRYING TWINS VARIOUS OF SETS OF TWINS VARIOUS OF OLDER TWIN BROTHER AND SISTER LAGOS, NIGERIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HOSPITAL SIGN READING (English): "DE-ELLZ WOMEN AND CHILDREN HOSPITAL" VARIOUS OF THE DOCTOR WRITING IN HIS OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (English) OBSTETRICIAN GYNAECOLOGIST, EKUJUMI OLARENWAJU, SAYING: "In other parts of the world where the same species of yam has been cultured...has been grown and people have taken it, they did not get similar high level of twinning. So thus far scientifically, nobody can say this is the reason but one of the plausible reasons is the hereditary aspect of it, because maybe over the years they inter-marry, they now have that gene being pooled and concentrated in that environment." IGBO ORA TOWN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) WOMEN SELECTING OKRA LEAF AT MARKET OKRA LEAF VARIOUS OF TRADERS SORTING OKRA LEAF MARKET SCENES CUSTOMER BUYING OKRA LEAVES (SOUNDBITE) (Yoruba) TRADER, JEMILAT AMUDA, SAYING: "When we cook this okra leaf we eat it immediately. The following day we cook it again. For as long as I have known people eat this okra leaf, we've been giving birth to twins." (SOUNDBITE) (Yoruba) OYENIKE BAMIMORE, MOTHER OF TWINS, SAYING: "Because I eat Okra leaves a lot, I gave birth to eight sets of twins, but only four sets are alive. Twins are very good, we have a special festival for them which we mark by eating beans and porridge." VARIOUS OF WOMEN BATHING TWIN GIRLS TWIN GIRLS

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