Interview: Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde on photographing twins

Benedicte Kurzen & Sanne De Wilde
Double exposure brings twin boys together in one shot. Igbo-Ora, Nigeria. (Image credit: & Sanne De Wilde)

Twin birth rate in Nigeria is higher than any other country in the world. As a result, in some areas shrines are built to worship the spirit of the twins and their inseparable bonds are celebrated. Yet we had also heard about an orphanage in Abuja sheltering twins who were threatened to be killed by the community for their perceived role in bringing bad luck.

These infanticides happen in very few and very specific communities, yet they seemed to overshadow Nigeria’s history of twins. That’s why we wanted to take a look at the mythology underpinning this, while also looking at the bigger picture of how, in most Nigerian locations, twins are worshipped.

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