The Nigerian twins with peculiar similarities

Florence Taiwo Olawoyin and Eunice Kehinde Adeniran are 55-year-olds who share much more than being born as identical twins.

They got married on the same day, gave birth on the same day and founded a church, where they and their husbands are all pastors.

They have been inseparable from birth and currently live in the same compound with their respective families in Ibadan, south-west Nigeria.

“We had lots of disagreements growing up, especially on house chores, but we didn’t allow a third party to settle our disputes, not even our parents,” said Ms Olawoyin, the older of the two.

In Yoruba culture, twins are always named Taiwo and Kehinde. Though Taiwo is the first to be born, Kehinde is considered the older, as it is said that the younger twin is sent into the world as a scout – to make sure it’s safe.

“While in high school, whenever each of us was to be punished for an offence, we shared the strokes of cane equally,” said Ms Adeniran with a twinkle in her eye.

Sharing strokes of the cane was not the only mischief the identical twins engaged in, as they also wrote class tests for each other without their teachers noticing.

Though they won’t say whether it was planned, they both gave birth on the same day, in the same hospital. Ms Olawoyin to a boy, Ms Adeniran to a girl.

Of course, the kids were christened on the same day.

“Whenever either of us was not at home, the other breastfed both babies,” Ms Olawoyin said.

The children, Adeniran Adesola and David Olawoyin – now adults, told the BBC that they still mistake their mothers, especially when they hold a conversation over the phone.

Live Radio SRADIO5