Sanne De Wilde, comments: “In Western societies twinhood is seen as something biological but in Africa it’s about the spiritual connection you build through sharing a womb. In Igbo-Ora, twins are encouraged to embrace their sameness and are treated, dressed and fed the same until a very late age. We wanted to communicate this symmetry with our images.”
Calabar, a city in Southern Nigeria, represents an area where beliefs have transformed. In the late 19th century, Mary Slessor, a missionary from Scotland, moved there and opened a clinic in a remote village. By raising twins, she successfully stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins among the Ibibio people. Today, her legacy lives on, and she is remembered in both Nigeria and Europe for the impact she had.