Q: What challenges and surprises did you face during your trip?
There were quite a few practical delays we had to manage. Nigeria, although incredibly intuitive, isn’t the easiest place to travel around. Plus, our car broke down, which halted things for a few days. Despite the heat, lack of food and being covered with bites (fleas absolutely love Bene!), we found that for every challenge, there was a solution, mainly provided through the kindness and accommodating nature of local people. There was a huge enthusiasm when we spoke to people about their culture and their view of twinhood - they were grateful that we made the effort to understand and immerse ourselves in it.
For many of those we photographed, there was a true sense of surprise and excitement. The question of us both being twins came up all the time. Even when we were just walking in the streets of Lagos, “Ibeji!” (twins in Yoruba language) was often shouted at us.