Stacy and Babajide Omirin of Lagos, Nigeria, were eager to welcome their twin boys into the world. Throughout Stacy’s pregnancy with the twins, she kept herself very healthy for their benefit and did everything the doctors recommended. So, when the time came for Stacy to show up for her C-section, she could not wait to see the shining faces of her twin boys Daniel and David.
Within minutes of each other, the twins arrived in the world. However, there was a striking difference between the two boys who, by all accounts, should have looked very much like one another. One of the boys was Black, while the other was white. According to the twins’ parents, “It was a massive surprise.” The only similarity the boys have is their gorgeous big brown eyes – other than that. People wouldn’t know that they were brothers, let alone twins.
Like his five-year-old sister, Demilade (above holding the boys), Daniel has dark skin with curly black hair. David, on the other hand, has white skin and golden locks. Neither parent is white, which has made it very challenging for the family. Nevertheless, they love their twin boys equally, and both are quite healthy and happy.
“We did not know about their differences while I was pregnant. The scan did not show much, so it was a huge surprise and the most amazing moment when the first twin (Daniel) came out with black hair and the second twin (David) came out with gold hair. I had them through CS, so the doctors were like, ‘It seems you are having totally unidentical twins.’ Before I knew it, nurses started coming out to look at them.”
Although the difference in skin color meant nothing to mom, she worried how Babajide would react. But, in the end, she had nothing to worry about – he loved both boys to the moon and back.
“Their dad was really overwhelmed and immediately named My Twin 2 (David) ‘Golden,’ so he fondly calls him Mr. Golden. He was all overjoyed seeing his boys. He stood for more than 10 minutes staring at them and said he was just looking at God’s wonderful work and that they are his best gift ever.”
As it turns out, David was born with albinism, which is a genetic condition resulting in a lack of melanin. For those who do not know, melanin is the pigment in skin, hair, and eyes that provides the color. Albinism can affect people of all skin colors and races and is relatively rare. Only about one in every 3,000 to one in every 20,000 births are affected by albinism. According to the doctors, David has oculocutaneous albinism, which explains why his skin color is so light, and he has golden curls atop his head.
Mom was worried that people might treat her boys differently. Fortunately, people have been very loving and kind so far.
“There’re always side talks whenever we go out. People often wanna know how and what’s happening, and maybe due to their cute and adorable nature, you just wanna come close to say hello.”
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